News - September, 2020

Catch up on the news from around our Province

September, 2020

Be part of the climate crisis solution at Don Bosco Green Alliance's Countdown TEDx

Be part of the climate crisis solution at Don Bosco Green Alliance's Countdown TEDx

Posted: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 19:03

Don Bosco Green Alliance, the international Salesian movement of young people seeking positive action to protect our global environment, is hosting an online TEDx event on 11 October 2020 at 10:30am UK time (3pm IST) as part of the global 'Countdown' initiative being launched on 10 October.

'Countdown' aims to promote and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action, to create... Read More »

Tags: Don Bosco Green Alliance, Environment, Homepage, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesian Cooperators meet again in Bootle

Salesian Cooperators meet again in Bootle

Posted: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:27

Way back in February a new group was formed in St James' parish, Bootle, to journey towards becoming Salesian Cooperators. Unfortunately, only one meeting was held before the lockdown and Covid-19 took hold. The date set for making promises to the Association came and went.

Now, 7 months later, we take up this journey once again and have held our second meeting. We are very happy to be together again!... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Cooperators, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

RE students explore common ground between faiths in online workshop

RE students explore common ground between faiths in online workshop

Posted: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:05

On Tuesday 29 September, the RE department at St John Bosco College, Battersea, had our first on-line workshop during these pandemic days. A group of Year 7 students were shown how to use Arabic calligraphy to write passages from the Bible. The session was run by Caabu (Council for Arab-British Understanding) and focussed on the common ground of the three monotheistic faiths of Christianity, Islam,... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Religious education, Salesians of Don Bosco. Salesian Schools

Join our online book club and discover more about St Mary Mazzarello

Join our online book club and discover more about St Mary Mazzarello

Posted: Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:11

The Salesian Sisters' Croxteth Community has a new initiative that we would like to extend to members of our Salesian Family.


As we journey towards the 150th Anniversary of the FMA Institute in 2022, we would like to promote the person and spirituality of Mother Mazzarello in a new way. We are beginning a Salesian Book Club which will take place online, via zoom.


The sessions will take place once every... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry

Strenna 2021: Rector Major's message of hope for the coming year

Strenna 2021: Rector Major's message of hope for the coming year

Posted: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:07

The poster for the Rector Major's Strenna for 2021 has been published this week, depicting the theme: 'Moved by hope: "See, I am making all things new" (Rev 21: 5)

Introducing the theme of the Strenna last month, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime SDB, wrote:

When thinking about a message that can unite us as a family in 2021, it is impossible not to take into account the fact... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesians of Don Bosco, Strenna

Catholic Education - we can still LEARN so much

Catholic Education - we can still LEARN so much

Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:15

Our Catholic schools can provide a way forward in changed times. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB urges us to stand up for them, and for all of the children they educate. Photo: Fr (later, Bishop) Marshall, promoting funding for a Catholic school and church for the parish of St Malachy, Collyhurst, Manchester: courtesy of Lawrence Gregory

The history of Catholic Education in our nation is fascinating. The... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesians of Don Bosco

Satori - an awakening from a tribal attitude

Satori - an awakening from a tribal attitude

Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:39

In this week's article by a Catholic teacher, Mike reflects on moments of transformation that shifted his previously 'tribal' outlook as a young Catholic teacher to embrace an inclusive evangelisation. (Image: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay)

Satori 悟り is a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening, comprehension; understanding. It is derived from the Japanese verb satoru. The concept of awakening that is derived... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesians of Don Bosco

Introducing Br Wiktor SDB

Introducing Br Wiktor SDB

Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:00

Please welcome Br Wiktor, from Poland, who is spending his first year of practical training as a Salesian of Don Bosco here with us in the GBR Province. Br Wiktor, from Poland, is assisting in the school chaplaincy at Savio Salesian College, Bootle.

Each year, our Province welcomes Salesians in formation from other Provinces, who will carry out part of their practical experience, or who come here to... Read More »

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

Salesians from Brazil find fraternity during isolation at Battersea

Salesians from Brazil find fraternity during isolation at Battersea

Posted: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:03

Fr David O'Malley SDB introduces the story of two surprise guests in the Battersea community.

A couple of weeks ago, two Brazilian Salesian students, Deacon Rafael Gustavo S Lopes and Bro Danilo A Guedes, were travelling back to Rome for theology studies and had a Heathrow transfer. At that point, they were stopped by immigration and were not allowed to continue to Rome until they had isolated for 14... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Vocations, Salesians of Don Bosco

Shrigley Reunion goes online

Shrigley Reunion goes online

Posted: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:39

The Shrigley Old Boys are recreating their reunion this year as a 'virtual' event. Initially planned for the last weekend of September, this will now take place on the weekend of 10-11 October 2020.

In the current situation, it was no longer possible to hold the planned reunion at the former Salesian Missionary College, Shrigley (now Shrigley Hall Hotel and Spa, near Macclesfield). Instead, on the evening... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Past Pupils, Salesians of Don Bosco, Shrigley Old Boys