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Friday, 21 February 2020 11:27

Salesian Cooperators grow in Bootle

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Fr Jakub writes about the Province’s newest Salesian Cooperators’ group

A new group of Salesian Cooperators is beginning to form in Bootle. Last week, a group of parishioners, volunteers and helpers from St James’, Bootle, met for the first time. They discussed the meaning of Salesian vocation and how it is lived out in our own context.

The theme of the session was “holiness”. Sue McDonald, Youth Ministry Animator for GBR, who is also a Salesian Cooperator, led the group beautifully in the session and animated the evening.

Since the first meeting, a number of other people have expressed their interest in joining the group.
The Association of Salesian Cooperators was first set up by Don Bosco himself. It is a part of the worldwide Salesian Family. This organisation for lay people focuses on serving God in the Salesian style through the ministry to the young and the poor.

If you live in the North-West and are interested to join the group, feel free to contact us to receive more details on when the meetings take place. Please email:

Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:14

Youth Easter 2020 - Book now!

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Youth Easter is a weekend for young people aged 12-17, organised by the Salesian Youth Ministry Team. It will run from 6pm on Holy Thursday, 9 April until 11am on Easter Sunday, 12 April, at Savio House in Bollington (near Macclesfield).


To cover the costs of food & accommodation, we are asking only £60 per head, as the Province is subsidising the costs.


If you are interested and you are at school or college, please let your school chaplain know as soon as possible.


If you have any questions, please contact Sue:


You can download the registration pack below, which contains an information letter, registration form and medical / consent form.


Youth Easter 2020 Registration Pack




Tuesday, 18 February 2020 09:42

New book explores prayer with the young

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In Salesian Spiritual Direction: Accompaniment and Prayer, launched this week by Don Bosco Publications, editors Fabio Attard SDB and Miguel García SDB  continue the journey begun by their earlier book, Spiritual Accompaniment: An Educational and Spiritual Journey with Young People in the Way of Don Bosco.


In the formation of young people, prayer is not optional; it is fundamental in the process of faith and personal growth. Without prayer, our educational and pastoral processes will never reach the level of depth and integrity that our young people deserve and need. This book is a useful tool for those who are called to guide in these processes.


Available now from our online bookshop, £24 inc UK p&p. For overseas or bulk orders, please contact Don Bosco Publications:

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A large group of 40 Shrigley Old Boys,spouses and others gathered at the Bonne Auberge restaurant in Glasgow on Saturday 1st February to celebrate the 90th birthday of Fr Robert Coupe SDB, and to mark that of Bro Donald MacDonald SDB, whose his illness sadly prevented him from joining us. It was particulariy gratifying to see that several Scottish old boys now living in England had come along, even our adopted Scotsman, Joe Lomax.

Tony Quinn led the tributes Fr Bob who was 90 on 8th January, and to Bro Donald, whose 90th birthday was on the day of the celebration. Tony also paid tribute to Fr Michael Winstanley who was present, and presented engraved quaichs for all three Salesians, noting their continual support to the Old Boys in Scotland over many years.


The splendid meal was followed by lively entertainment, compered brilliantly by Martin McArthur. There were poems, recitals, individual and communal singing. Of particular note was the rendition of "Panis Angelicus" by the doyen of the association, Joe Lomax. Although we gathered at 5.00pm, midnight came too soon.


Special thanks were offered to Joe and Tricia Doogan for organising such a memorable celebration.


A Mass was said on the Sunday in the Parish of St John Bosco, Easterhouse, with Fr Michael and Fr Bob concelebrating with Fr Jim Thomson, the local parish priest. This was followed by a hearty buffet organised by Tricia and assisted by the co-operators of the parish.


A great time was had by all.


As many of you will know, Br Donald MacDonald SDB died on Wednesday 5 February, just a few days after his 90th birthday. May he rest in peace.


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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:02

Savio House is seeking a new Retreat Programme Leader

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Our Cheshire Youth Retreat Centre is seeking a new Programme Manager, to start in August 2020. This is a residential post, for a fixed term of 2 years, with accommodation at beautiful Savio House, and carries responsibility for the day to day management of the retreat team, retreat experience and programme development.


Find out more on our Job Vacancies page, and help us spread the word. The application deadline is Monday 16 March 2020.



Saturday, 08 February 2020 15:31

Salesian Cooperators welcome new member

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The latest member of the Salesian Cooperators, Dan Antonio, was welcomed into the Association on the Feast of Don Bosco.

Dan, an RE teacher at Thornleigh Salesian College, made his promise in the school chapel, in the company of his Year 7 students. Dan has been a long-standing member of the Salesian Youth Ministry Team, and we wish him well as he lives out his vocation as a Cooperator.

Photo: Dan (centre) with Fr Michael Winstanley SDB and Provincial Coordinator, Jessica Wilkinson.

Friday, 07 February 2020 17:54

Feast Day Masses at Salesian School Chertsey

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On January 31, Feast Day Masses for St John Bosco took place at both sites. Years 7-11 took part in the Eucharist in St Patrick’s Hall whilst Year 12 and 13 Eucharistic celebrations took place in the Centenary Hall in the College at Highfield Road, with Sixth Formers playing an integral role in the liturgy and music under the guidance of Fr Kevin.

Friday, 07 February 2020 13:17

Our Founder's Feast in Bootle

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Fr Jakub tells us about the recent festivities for Don Bosco at Savio Salesian and St James' Parish, Bootle

31st January is always a highlight in the Salesian Calendar. The Feast of St John Bosco. In Bootle we held a special School Celebration on that day. The day began with two Masses – one for the pupils of Y10 and Y11 and the other for the junior students. Pupils helped to animate the liturgy in many ways. The altar servers, readers and offertory procession all made the celebration very special. After the Mass students were presented with a special Salesian pin which had been blessed before. It will remind them of our Salesian charism and ethos.

Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:00

Happy Don Bosco Day!

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We wish all of the Salesian Family a joyful Feast of St John Bosco! 


Don Bosco, pray for us as we continue to help the young to be happy and thrive, following your example. 

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Savio Salesian College chaplain, Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB, is rightly very proud of their caring students, and so are we! Above: the six young people with Headteacher Mr Costello.

This week we here at Savio we have had a call from a lady whose 89-year old mum lives in Ennerdale Drive. She had a fall putting out her bin and a group of pupils from our school came over and helped her up, took her indoors and checked she was OK.


They then returned on their way home to check on her again and took her a little present, which made her day. The lady and her daughter were very grateful and delighted.


The “random act of kindness” has been acknowledged in the local media. BBC Radio Merseyside came to school to interview the six students who helped the lady. Their interview will soon be published on Tony Snell's show. 


Fr Jakub SDB

Thursday, 30 January 2020 14:51

Salesian Fellowship Schools Conference 2020

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From 22-24 January, headteachers and senior staff from the seven schools forming the Fellowship group of our Salesian Schools Network came together in Battersea to share experience and best practice, deepen their knowledge of the Salesian charism, and discuss the development of the Fellowship.


This Fellowship part of the Network is a group of diocesan schools whose headteachers have chosen to look at incorporating elements of Don Bosco's approach into the spirit of their schools.



Br Martin Pushparaj SDB is a Project Europe missionary to our Province. In the February issue of Cagliero 11, the international magazine of Salesian missions, he writes about how he has experienced that call to mission. 

St. John Henry Newman once said, "God created me to serve him. He gave me a job he didn't give to others. I have my mission. I may never understand him in this life, but yes, in the next. I'm a link in a chain, a connecting link between people."


In 2017, I was sent by the Rector Major as a missionary to the Province of Great Britain. Going back in time, the first Salesian I met was Fr. Thomas Myladoor, who had a friendly and fatherly approach, and a cheerful smile. He always reminded me how to be a Salesian. Every time I went to confess to him, he spoke to me of the missions and gave me a "mantra": I was to say three Hail Marys for the mission. He always assured me of his prayers and offered me his support. We became very close friends. He often talked about the mission and so, I thought about being a missionary.

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