The Salesians of Don Bosco UK

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Salesian Province of Great Britain, a site incorporating the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and the various groups within the Salesian Family. My hope is that this site will become the first port of call, not simply for Salesian news, but for those who are interested in deepening their personal spirituality and knowledge of Don Bosco.
Two hundred years after his birth, his mission to encourage his Salesians to be young with the young, and to form them as good Christians and honest citizens, able to contribute to the building up of the Church and of society, is as relevant as it ever has been.
Fr Gerry Briody SDB, Provincial

Group of young people and leaders

Latest News

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'Giraffe-ter': COVID and us ...

'Giraffe-ter': COVID and us ...

Hazel Fort, from the Chaplaincy team at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, finds the...

Posted: 26th November 2020

Ancient Wisdom

Ancient Wisdom

In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike uses the teachings of Aristotle to...

Posted: 26th November 2020

Ending modern slavery and human trafficking

Ending modern slavery and human trafficking

In late 2020, most of us would hope that the evil of slavery was history, a warning...

Posted: 26th November 2020

Latest Resources

A Camino through Advent 2020 - Fourth Week

A Camino through Advent 2020 - Fourth Week

Materials for prayer and reflection for each day of the fourth week of Advent.

A Camino through Advent 2020 - Third Week

A Camino through Advent 2020 - Third Week

Our daily prayers and reflections for the fourth week of Advent include a Christmas Novena, beginning on Wednesday 16 December.

A Camino through Advent 2020 - Second Week

A Camino through Advent 2020 - Second Week

Scripture, thoughts and prayers for each day of the second week of Advent, with music and images to deepen our reflections and our connection to each other,...

What's On

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30th November 2020 - 4th December 2020

Morning Prayer from Royal Holloway, London

Morning prayer from the Chapel of Royal Holloway, is streamed by Fr John Dickson SDB at... Read More »

2nd December 2020

Mid-week Mass

Join the Thornleigh Salesian Community on the Province Facebook page at 17:45 each Wednesday... Read More »

4th December 2020

Prayer and a Pint

Prayer and a Pint is now at 7pm. Catch up with Salesian Youth Ministry online on Friday... Read More »

6th December 2020

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Celebrate Sunday Mass on 2nd Sunday of Advent with the Salesians from the Thornleigh Community.... Read More »

6th December 2020

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Spend half an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.

12th December 2020

Advent Retreat Day (online)

Join the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Presentation Sisters on Zoom for an interactive... Read More »

Who is St John Bosco

St John Bosco is remembered as a man who dedicated his life to the service of abandoned young people. Over 150 years ago he challenged the way young people were treated in the desperate poverty that existed at that time in the city of Turin, Italy.

John Bosco created an order in the Catholic Church, called the Salesians. They were founded in the poverty of a city we consider to be one of the most prosperous in the world today.

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Light a Candle

Light your candle and leave us your prayer requests in detail, or with just a name.

Don Bosco Publications

Don Bosco Publications is a small publishing house operated by the Salesians of Don Bosco UK. Our growing catalogue includes books on Salesian spirituality, biographies of saints, prayer books, handbooks for chaplains and teachers, Gospel commentaries, and a range of books for children. We also stock religious medals, keyrings and prayer cards.

We publish Don Bosco Today, a free magazine issued three times a year to subscribers, and available to read on our website.

Salesian Books

Don Bosco speaks to:


Give timely advice. A fatherly word in private is worth much more than reproach.


Sweeten correction with comfort. Correction at times brings about anxiety and fear. A word of comfort can easily offset this. A person who forgets and helps the culprit to forget is a true educator.

Young People

It is a mistake to skirt difficulties or to skip what you don't understand and go on to something else. Tackle the obstacle until you have overcome it.


You must behave so as to edify all who see you; you must try to help others not only by advice but mostly by example.