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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


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:

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.

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.



Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:58

Savio House seeks p/t Housekeeper

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Our Youth Retreat Centre in Bollington, Cheshire, has a part-time vacancy for an experienced cleaner to provide high quality housekeeping services across the whole site. The closing date for applications is Monday 17 February.

Would you - or someone you know, like to work for the Salesians at this lovely location?

See our Job Vacancies page for more information and an application pack.



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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. 


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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 16:25

'Still no room at the inn?' Our homelessness crisis

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Fr Marco Villani SDB attended the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton’s Justice and Peace Assembly 2020 Still No Room at the Inn? How Can We Respond to the Homelessness Crisis Today?, held at the St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley, West Sussex, on Saturday 25 January. Photo: Diocese of Arundel and Brighton - Bishop Richard Moth chairs the Assembly


Bishop Richard Moth chaired this year’s conference, which focused on homelessness and the Common Good, introducing speakers who included Dr Pat Jones CBE, Trustee and former Chief Operating Officer at De Paul International, and representatives of the charities Homelink, Turning Tides and Caritas Portsmouth. 


Participants were encouraged to think about Matthew’s Gospel and the call to care for the needy, remembering that love of our neighbour is dependent on the belief that God loved us first. We heard about the extent of homelessness and were urged to consider the range of reasons people become homeless.

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.

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