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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Let's talk about vocations ...

Let's talk about vocations ...

Our Vocations Director Fr David O'Malley SDB gives us some food for thought and Fr...

Posted: 20th April 2021

Prof Lydon of Salesian Schools Team is new Editor of 'International Studies in Catholic Education'

Prof Lydon of Salesian Schools Team is new Editor of 'International Studies in Catholic Education'

Congratulations to Associate Professor John Lydon, a member of our Province's Salesian...

Posted: 20th April 2021

Latest Resources

Justice and Peace Newsletter - March 2021

Justice and Peace Newsletter - March 2021

This month, as we mark a year since the first COVID lockdown began, our Province Justice and Peace Coordinator, Fr Marco Villani SDB, asks us to think,...

A Summary of our Lent retreat: Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional

A Summary of our Lent retreat: Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional

The content of our second Lent retreat for this year, in pdf format.

The retreat was created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Susan Richert PVBM, and...

Holy Land reflections for Holy Week

Holy Land reflections for Holy Week

A set of reflections and prayers for Holy Week, based on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, by Sr Susan Richart PVBM, with additional material by Fr Gerry...

What's On

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21st April 2021

Midweek Mass

Join the Salesians for Mass each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm, live on Facebook.

25th April 2021

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Sunday morning Mass from the Thornleigh Salesian College Chapel, livestreamed on our Facebook... Read More »

25th April 2021

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Spend half an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.

28th April 2021

Midweek Mass

Join the Salesians for Mass each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm, live on Facebook.

2nd May 2021

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Sunday morning Mass from the Thornleigh Salesian College Chapel, livestreamed on our Facebook... Read More »

2nd May 2021

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Spend half an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.

5th May 2021

Midweek Mass

Join the Salesians for Mass each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm, live on Facebook.

9th May 2021

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Spend half an hour with the Blessed Sacrament.

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:

Parents

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

Teachers

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.

Priests

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.