News - June, 2020

Catch up on the news from around our Province

June, 2020

Every creature is a word of God and is a book about God

Every creature is a word of God and is a book about God

Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 14:00

Continuing our series of articles by a Catholic teacher, this week Mike explores the glimpses of the divine we see in our schools and students.

"Every creature is a word of God and is a book about God"

These words come from the 13th century philosopher and mystic, Meister Eckhart. Like all mystics, he did not see God as confined to ancient scriptures or rituals, not that God cannot be found there; He... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Education, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry

Cardinal welcomes return of collective worship from 4 July

Cardinal welcomes return of collective worship from 4 July

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 18:10

Responding to the Prime Minister's statement on 23 June announcing that collective Worship can resume from 4 July, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference of England & Wales said in a statement:

I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July. This is welcome news for members... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

An open mind and a loving heart are all we need to find God

An open mind and a loving heart are all we need to find God

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:38

A reflection for the Feast of St Peter and Paul, (Sunday 28 June 2020) by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB

This Sunday, we keep the feast of two of our great founding fathers-in-faith, Peter and Paul. They are very different, but complementary, characters in every way: Peter, excitable and often working on a whim, while Paul is perhaps seen as more measured and careful. They were both fiercely proud of their... Read More »

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

Schools welcome back more students

Schools welcome back more students

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:11

Our schools have been working hard to prepare for more students returning to classes and have recently welcomed back years 10 and 12.

Students, teachers and support staff have been amazing during these difficult times, and they are all in our prayers as they begin to adjust to further changes.

Photo: Socially-distanced students at Salesian College Farnborough last week.

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Students talk about why Black Lives Matter

Students talk about why Black Lives Matter

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:25

In a powerful online assembly last week, students and staff from St John Bosco College Battersea spoke about the injustices of racism and why we all need to come together show that black lives matter to all of us.

In his introduction, Headteacher Paul Dunne said, 'As a Christian, Catholic school, we believe, as Jesus taught us, that we are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, and that's why we... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools

‘Listen to young people; listen to what God is saying to us.’

‘Listen to young people; listen to what God is saying to us.’

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 10:20

Don Fabio Attard SDB, the Salesians' General Councillor for Youth Ministry for the past 12 years, was the speaker at this week's online meeting for members of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales (CYMFed). Don Fabio used his extensive experience to talk about listening and sharing as a vital approach to journeying with young people, and to urge a new outlook based on listening... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Pope Francis, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco, Synod

Further step towards ordination for Brs Joe and Greg

Further step towards ordination for Brs Joe and Greg

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:55

Br Martin Paul Pushparaj SDB sends news from Battersea about Brs Joseph Tran and Gregory Echegwo SDB.

On Monday 15th of June Joe and Greg by the grace of God and the help of Mary Help of Christians took a great step of faith in receiving the ministry of Acolyte, a step closer to diaconate and to priesthood.

The celebration took a wonderful and humble form in the presence of the community; Fr Tom celebrated... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesians of Don Bosco, Vocation

We CAN move forward in courage

We CAN move forward in courage

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:47

A reflection on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB


This Sunday, the Church invites us back to ORDINARY TIME, as we still endure a lockdown preventing us from sharing together at our parish Churches - ordinary in the midst of the extraordinary. It is no coincidence then, that in the Gospel of today, Jesus tells us, "do not be afraid!" Many of us have lived... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Gospel, Homepage, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Haircut raises £800 for Ashalayam

Haircut raises £800 for Ashalayam

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:43

Last Saturday, Salesian Cooperator John Hoskins had (probably) the most expensive haircut in the world, from Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, in aid of Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata.

John bravely volunteered for the fundraising event, which has so far raised £800 from generous sponsors. Equipped with PPE, basic cutting implements and an extensive repertoire of YouTube 'how to' videos, Fr Andrew lopped... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, India, Salesian Missions, Salesians of Don Bosco

Entering the Inner Room

Entering the Inner Room

Posted: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:08

Catholic teacher Michael Bennett reflects this week on helping the young find God in the silence of their own interior space. Photo: Students in the chapel at the 'Make Some Noise' Salesian Youthgather, 2018

My youngest son, Isaac, has a sharp mind, and a sharper wit! He questions everything, reflects deeply and is never quite happy to accept things as they seem to be. A number of years ago, his mum... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Education, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry