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Called to serve: called to teach

Called to serve: called to teach

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:41

In this week's article, Catholic teacher Mike Bennett reflects on the vocation of teaching and his own experience of God's call to teach the young as a layman.


'The Priest' by Jimmy McGovern is a retreat in two hours. Like all of McGovern's work, it is real, grounded, rooted in the everyday experiences that so many of us can relate to. I watch it at least once a year if I can. For me, it is a story... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Education, Salesian Schools, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco, Vocation

Salesian Sisters support Kenyan families hit by Covid-19

Salesian Sisters support Kenyan families hit by Covid-19

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:46

Fr Francis Preston SDB has sent us an account of the situation in Dagoretti Market, a very poor township about two miles from the Salesian Sisters' Novitiate at Mutuini, near Nairobi, Kenya, where he has been based for the last three months. Fr Francis writes 'the big problem here in East Africa at the moment is hunger. By switching some of the money I had received from benefactors and friends to pay... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Missions, Salesian Sisters

Double Jubilee for Fr Charles

Double Jubilee for Fr Charles

Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:49

Last weekend, Fr Charles Garrick SDB, Manager of St Joseph's Bolton, celebrated 50 years of priesthood and 60 years of Salesian religious life, with the Thornleigh community . A special papal blessing arranged by his sister arrived from Rome in time for the occasion. Fr Bob Gardner SDB salutes a remarkable Salesian.

"Where have all those years gone?" said Fr Charles as he led the Salesian Community... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Vocations, Salesians of Don Bosco

How is God’s Word planting itself into our homes and families?

How is God’s Word planting itself into our homes and families?

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:18

A reflection for the 15th Sunday of the year by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: The Sower by Bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net

In our Gospel today, Jesus presents one of the most popular parables ever: he tells the tale of a farmer who goes out to sow seeds for the harvest. We can readily remember the details of his the seed can fall into different situations that can either promote or stunt growth.... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

150 years of Past Pupils of Don Bosco

150 years of Past Pupils of Don Bosco

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:50


On 24 June 2020, the feast of St John the Baptist, it was exactly 150 years since Carlo Gastini and other young people from the Salesian Oratory, presented Don Bosco with a feast-day gift of coffee cups to thank him for the education they had received.

This important anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on the mission of Don Bosco's Past Pupils in the Salesian Family, in the Church and in society... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

New Apostolic Nuncio for Great Britain

New Apostolic Nuncio for Great Britain

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:41

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, in place of Archbishop Edward Adams, who retired in January 2020.

Claudio Gugerotti was born in Verona, Italy, in 1955 and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Verona in 1982. He studied Eastern Languages and Sacred Liturgy and was a professor of Patristics, Eastern Liturgy at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Sisters, Salesians of Don Bosco

Farnborough student's technical wizardry helps livestream masses

Farnborough student's technical wizardry helps livestream masses

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:03

While churches have been closed, many Parish Priests have been broadcasting masses online. Fr Paul Dzwig and Deacon James Snyder from Holy Trinity Parish in Church Crookham called on Josh, a Year 10 student at Salesian College Farnborough, to help. Three cameras, three microphones, lots of IT and many metres of wiring later, Sunday Mass was Zooming out to the parishioners.

At the College, Josh is an... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Fr David celebrates 40 years of priesthood

Fr David celebrates 40 years of priesthood

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 08:57

At the end of June, Fr David O'Malley SDB, our Province Schools and Education delegate, celebrated 40 years of priesthood. Br Stephen Mensah SDB pays tribute to his embodiment of the Salesian charism.

The corona pandemic has eaten into the core of every aspect of our lives. It has transformed the celebration of social events, if not eradicated them. However, the gift of priesthood, the 40th Priestly... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Vocations, Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesian Cooperators GBR launch new website

Salesian Cooperators GBR launch new website

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:11

The Salesian Cooperators in the Province of St Thomas of Canterbury (Great Britain) launched their brand new website, salesiancooperators.uk, on 7 July, the memorial of Blessed María Romero Meneses FMA.

Founded by Don Bosco himself, Salesian Cooperators are part of the worldwide Salesian Family, serving God in the young and the poor, according to their own personal circumstances in life. The... Read More »

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