Downloadable Resources

How to Discover Your Vocation

How to Discover Your Vocation

Mon, 13 Apr 2020

Marriage, Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Permanent Diaconate, Single Life? This booklet by Fr Stephen Wang is written for Catholics who are trying to discover what direction their life is going in and what plans God has for them. It will help you to think and pray
about your vocation and become clearer about where God is leading you in your life.

Stations of the Cross for Good Friday 2020

Stations of the Cross for Good Friday 2020

Thu, 09 Apr 2020

The Stations of the Cross with reflections from Salesian Youth Ministry GBR animators and SDBs from across the Province. This booklet was created for the extraordinary situation in 2020, when the Easter Triduum was celebrated online during the COVOD-19 lockdown, and is a valuable prayer resource at any time.

Prevention or repression

Prevention or repression

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

Don Bosco identified the prevailing educational approach of his times as 'represssive', in contrast to his successful model which used encouragement to 'prevent' young people falling into difficulty. This article considers the early preventive approach alongside modern theories of empowerment, and its continuing evolution. Part of the Saesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

Don Bosco - Vocation

Don Bosco - Vocation

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

An account of Don Bosco's early life and his path to fulfilling the vocation he felt from an early age. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirrituality.

Praying as Salesians

Praying as Salesians

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

The Salesian style of prayer was inspired by the simplicity of St Francis de Sales. Part of the Salesian Foortprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

Bontà - a spirit of 'goodness'

Bontà - a spirit of 'goodness'

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

Don Bosco's approach was revolutionary in the harshness of the nineteenth century - he used a spirit of kindness and encouragement at his Oratory, the Salesian concept of Bontà or goodness. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

We will meet in the heart of Jesus

We will meet in the heart of Jesus

Sun, 05 Apr 2020

A reflection on the life and letters of St Mary Mazzarello, to guide us through the strange times we face i n Holy Week, 2020, with scripture reading and prayer,

Salesian skills in working with the young

Salesian skills in working with the young

Fri, 03 Apr 2020

Working with the young in Don Bosco's way means drawing on skills related to the approach we take to the work, and how we relate to young people. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales

Fri, 03 Apr 2020

The gentleness and humanity of St Francis de Sales inspired Don Bosco, who placed his congregations under his patronage. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

The Salesian approach to young people

The Salesian approach to young people

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

Don Bosco instilled in us the importance of letting the young know they are loved. How can the Salesian Family support and engage with young people in today's society? Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

Don Bosco: Builder

Don Bosco: Builder

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

Don Bosco began with a tumbledown rented building for his oratory, and left us with magnificent monuments to the Glory of God and Mary Help of Christians. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

Don Bosco - Founder

Don Bosco - Founder

Wed, 01 Apr 2020

Don Bosco's work with the young began with a chance meeting with a young orphan sheltering from the cold in the church. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

St Mary Mazzarello: Vocation

St Mary Mazzarello: Vocation

Tue, 31 Mar 2020

Inspiration for discerning our vocation in everyday events, from the life of St Mary Mazzarello, co-founder with Don Bosco of the Salesian Sisters. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

St Mary Mazzarello: Foundress

St Mary Mazzarello: Foundress

Mon, 30 Mar 2020

The path taken by the foundress of the Salesian Sisters began with her awareness of a need for the young women and girls near her home. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

Salesian Snippets from Scripture 1

Salesian Snippets from Scripture 1

Fri, 27 Mar 2020

Thoughts on the compassion of Jesus, which inspired Don Bosco. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

A History of the Salesians in Britain

A History of the Salesians in Britain

Thu, 19 Mar 2020

Written by Fr John Dickson in 2013, this history looks at the arrival and development of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Great Britain, beginning with the youthful dream of St Dominic Savio.

'When I can't get to church' - a spiritual communion

'When I can't get to church' - a spiritual communion

Tue, 17 Mar 2020

Fr David O'Malley SDB has produced a resource for use at home, especially during the coronavirus restrictions.

This short prayer pattern follows the shape of the mass and allows you to participate in a homely prayer. It invites Jesus into your home and into your lives for the coming week. It is designed for families and couples, but it can also be used by individuals who have had to self-isolate and anyone who cannot be at Sunday Eucharist.

Saint Mary Mazzarello, co-founder of the Salesian sisters, found it difficult to get to church sometimes through work or illness. Instead, she would sit by the window in her attic, from where she could see the parish church and bring the church into her home. This prayer helps you to do the same.

Please share it with family, friends, students, parishioners and anyone who will find it helpful.

Novena to Mary Help of Christians

Novena to Mary Help of Christians

Tue, 17 Mar 2020

The Feast of Mary Help of Christians, a great feast in the Salesian calendar, is observed on 24th May. We invite you to join us in praying a novena in her honour, from 15 - 23 May, although these prayers can be said at any time, and are often used to ask for Our Lady's help in any difficulty.

Memoirs of the Oratory, 1815-1855: Don Bosco

Memoirs of the Oratory, 1815-1855: Don Bosco

Mon, 16 Mar 2020

In 1858 Pope Pius IX asked Don Bosco to write about his life and work. Don Bosco was slow to respond, out of humility or perhaps sheer lack of time, but after a more explicit command in 1867 he started the 'Memoirs of the Oratory'. The book gives a fascinating insight into Don Bosco's thought and has been the basis of much further study.

The published English edition, with introduction and footnotes, is out of print, but you can download it as a pdf here.