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Friday, 27 March 2020 11:02

SYM Online Fridays: Prayers & a Pint

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Salesian Youth Ministry is hosting 'Prayers and a Pint' over Zoom on Frdiay evenings at 6pm, to strengthen our community in difficult times.


To join us for an after-work drink and a moment of prayer over Zoom at 6pm this Friday evening, sign uo to Zoom for a free account if you've not already got one, and email or message our @symonlineoratory Facebook page for the meeting ID. 


Oh. and pour yourself the beverage of your own choice. 

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Salesian Youth Ministry is still operating during the current crisis (from home), and they are taking their work online to keep everyone working with the young connected in Salesian friendship. 


If you are on Facebook, you can 'like' their @symonlineoratory page and join in. Here's the page link: We will be sharing as much as we can on our website here too, for non-Facebookers.

Friday, 20 March 2020 16:45

Important message from Salesian Youth Ministry

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We are living in very challenging times at the moment. In light of recent Government advice we have decided to suspend all National Youth Ministry activity until the 1st June, 2020.

On Monday 23rd March, the Youth Ministry Animator, Sue MacDonald will begin to contact relevant parties. The Youth Ministry Office will remain operational.

Let us support each other in our thoughts and prayers over this difficult time, retaining our deep founded belief in a God who loves us more than we can ever know or understand.

Look out for each other.

Be safe.

Fr Bob Gardner SDB

Delegate for Salesian Youth Ministry, GBR Province.

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Sue McDonald, Youth Ministry Animator, outlines the new formation programme for the 2020s.

At Savio House on the 22nd February, the Salesian Youth Ministry vision team launched the new programme for Salesian animators. It is a formation programme for young people into service for the young especially those in most need. The new programme consists of 5 pathways: First Encounter, Moving on, Animator, Invitation to Leadership, and Companions.

At the launch were SDBs, Salesian Cooperators, leaders of Salesian projects and young animators.

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:


Download the contact form below and return it to Sue, who will then send you the booking form.

Youth Easter contact form




Monday, 17 February 2020 16:04

Schools - Don't miss Phoenix Summer Camp 2020!

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Teachers and Chaplains: have you booked yet for Phoenix 2020? Don't miss this opportunity to give some of your Year 7 students who are in need of a break a great Salesian holiday. If not, you can download the booking form below.

Phoenix is a Salesian holiday project that works with nearly one hundred young people from across the country each year. In 2020, it will run from 26-31 July.

Every summer, schools are invited to bring groups of Year 7 pupils who they've identified as being both brilliant and deserving of a break away. People enjoy a whole heap of activities including canoeing, orienteering, massive water games as well as a few more sedate activities for when the sun sets.

We are always on the look out for new schools to get on board, so if yours hasn't been involved yet, but you like the sound of Phoenix, get in touch with Sue McDonald, Salesian Youth Ministry Animator for our Province.


Phoenix 2020 Booking Form


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.

Thursday, 09 January 2020 11:53

Volunteer Receives Warm Welcome In Tanzania

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Rebecca is serving with Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA), our overseas volunteer project. This is her first letter from Didia, Tanzania.


It has already been nearly 3 months since I was getting on a plane headed to Tanzania, wondering what was ahead of me for the next 9 months - here I would like to share with you some of my experience so far.

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One thing I quickly learned about Tanzania is the incredibly welcoming nature of the people here. Since I arrived every person I have met has welcomed me like a family member, whether it be into their home, shop or school. 'Karibu', ('welcome' in Kiswahili), must be the most common word here and this welcoming nature, from what I can see, is a strong part of the culture here, and is something I am very appreciative of.


CAMINO is a 6 day training course, from 26 August to 2 September 2019, for those working in Chaplaincy or non-formal education. It aims to provide at further training to experienced educators in youth work /chaplaincy to deal specifically with interreligious dialogue in their own settings.

The course is offered by Don Bosco YouthNet, a network of 18 youth organisations across Europe, within the global Don Bosco Movement. It will be held at Benediktbeuern, near Munich, Gemany. 

Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:03

Salesian pilgrims in the Holy Land

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Our Salesian Youth Ministry pilgrims are coming to the end of their time in the Holy Land. The group of 23, which includes teachers and lay chaplains, priests and brothers, began their journey in Nazaereth, praying and reflecting at the site of the Annunciation on how as Salesians we can bring Jesus into the lives of those we serve in our schools, parishes, chaplaincies and youth work.

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Ryan from our Youth Ministry team tells us about the recent event in Krakow


Recently I had the opportunity to visit Kraków, Poland, for Savionalia 2019 and it was incredible! It was such a privilege to represent the GBR province out in Poland and we were made so welcome. The weekend was packed with activities and I thoroughly enjoyed all the prayer, liturgy, games, music and dancing. Friday was filled with animation from the different groups of young people before going for prayer and reflection in the evening.

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Salesian Youth Ministry is asking Salesian and associate schools to hold a 'non-uniform day' fundraiser on World Refugee Day, 20th June, in support of its new Valdocco in Britain project, which aims to give a summer break to young refugees and asylum seekers.


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