News - July, 2020

Catch up on the news from around our Province

July, 2020

Provincial celebrates 25 years of priesthood

Provincial celebrates 25 years of priesthood

Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 19:53

Ad multos annos to our Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody SDB, who celebrated 25 years of priestly ordination this week.


Fr Gerry celebrated the Wednesday evening jubilee Mass, wearing a vestment which was as an ordination gift from his father, specially made for him by the convent in Bothwell, and the chalice he used at Mass was presented by his family. Many members of his family, from Scotland and the North... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesians of Don Bosco, Vocations

Former Savio Salesian Assistant Head to be ordained Deacon

Former Savio Salesian Assistant Head to be ordained Deacon

Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:26

Michael Bennett, author of our 'Catholic teacher' series of articles, will be ordained Deacon on Sunday 26 July, at the Salesian parish of St James' Bootle, Liverpool.

Mike was for many years Head of RE and Associate Assistant Headteacher at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, and is now Deputy Head of School at De La Salle, Croxteth, near Liverpool.

In more 'normal' times, the Salesian Family would be packing... Read More »

Tags: Bootle, Homepage, Salesian Parishes, Salesian Schools, Salesians of Don Bosco, Vocation

Kintsugi: Teachers as Broken Healers

Kintsugi: Teachers as Broken Healers

Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:10

Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which breaks and repairs are treated as part of the object's history. Broken ceramics are carefully mended by artisans with a lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. The repairs are visible — yet somehow beautiful. Kintsugi means "golden joinery".

Kintsugi is a way of seeing, that is only possible through the eye of contemplation. To contemplate... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Education, Salesian Schools, Salesian Youth Ministry

Finding our treasure

Finding our treasure

Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:54

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for the 17th Sunday of the year - the pearl of great price. Photo: Eye for Ebony on Unsplash

Well you'll be glad to know that this week Jesus is still reflecting on the 'field'-the field that is the church made up of a variety of good and bad; the church that is inclusive, the church that does not judge: rather, a church that offers peace and reconciliation... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Building a stronger, deeper school community after COVID-19

Building a stronger, deeper school community after COVID-19

Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2020 08:47

As school staff continue over summer with preparations for the return in September, Fr David O'Malley, our Salesian Schools Network Coordinator, has produced a video offering a Salesian approach to helping staff and students adapt to the new situation, and cope with the challenging experiences school communities have been through.

His 7-course menu advises schools to start with fun, build gratitude,... Read More »

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

The end of an extraordinary school year

The end of an extraordinary school year

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 15:40

This week marks the end of a very unusual academic year, and Salesian schools have created their final online assemblies and videos, capturing recent events, celebrating the spirit of Don Bosco in the lives of students and staff, and looking forward to the school community reuniting in September.

Salesian School Chertsey ended the year in an upbeat fashion, with glimpses of achievements over this very... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesians of Don Bosco

The Mystical Heart of Education

The Mystical Heart of Education

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:44

Hands up who knows what the word 'education' means? I often start in-service training with this question. Quite often a room full of teachers will have no idea of the etymological meaning of the word—why would they? I didn't until I was told. Yet each one has the concept in their head, heart and soul. They have, in my humble opinion, a mystical knowledge of the meaning of education. By mystical... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Education, Salesian Youth Ministry

Journeying Together in youth ministry with CYMFed

Journeying Together in youth ministry with CYMFed

Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:31

After hosting the recent presentation by Fr Fabio Attard SDB, the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation of England and Wales (CYMFed) has now launched a series of talks called 'Journeying Together', delivered by a range of experts from across the globe.

The talks are streamed live on YouTube, with the opportunity for viewers to put their own questions and comments to speakers, and the videos remain on... Read More »

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

Shrigley reunion postponed

Shrigley reunion postponed

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:53

The reunion of the Shrigley Old Boys planned for September 2020, has had to be postponed until next year, owing to Covid-19 restrictions.

While this is disappointing, it will be savoured all the more when it happens, and there are plans afoot for virtual events, especially as this year is the 150th anniversary of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco.

Bernard O'Neill is coordinating planning, and you can email... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Past Pupils, Salesian Schools, Salesians of Don Bosco

Looking back at WYD Panama, 2019

Looking back at WYD Panama, 2019

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:50

In January 2019, a small group of pilgrims from Salesian Youth Ministry GBR made the long trip to Panama, to join Pope Francis and millions of young people for the 16th World Youth Day (WYD) - the first to take place in Central America. Liam Parr was among them, attending his third WYD, and his short film allows us to revisit the excitement and the life-changing experience of this huge event.

In his... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Youth Ministry