Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:11
In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike explores his recent ordination as a deacon, and how he intends to use this role to aid his teaching.
At the beginning of the second week of the summer holidays, I was ordained a deacon. In spite of the Covid-19 restrictions, there were fifty-six guests, and St James Bootle looked fuller than it had been since the lockdown began. To be a deacon means to serve.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:00
This week, we are introducing you to Br Pawel, who has come from Poland to spend this year of his practical training as a Salesian of Don Bosco with us in the GBR Province, where he is assisting in the school chaplaincy at Thornleigh Salesian College.
Each year, we welcome Salesians in formation to our Province, to complete part of their practical experience, or to study Theology here.
If you are thinking... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:09
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the lessons for us today in the Gospel for 25th Sunday of the year, Matthew 20: 1-16.
Today's Gospel was often a source of much discussion with the idealistic students that I've had the pleasure of working with over the years: how was it just that the workers, who were dragged in at the last minute, be paid exactly the same as those hard working working labourers... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:33
The second online fundraising concert organised by Christ the Prince of Peace parish in Weybridge, Surrey, has raised over £4000 for the children of Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata.
The parish has adopted the Ashalayam as a charity, and had planned fundraising events which were thwarted by COVID-19, but when such a valuable cause is at stake, 'the show must go on', and they found an inventive way... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:56
Br Steven Teye Mensah SDB and Br Augustine Alfred Unuakhe SDB (first photo above) arrived in the UK as the pandemic hit, and carefully-laid plans went up in the air, but their new confreres in Battersea helped them find opportunities in difficult times, to learn new skills, explore their new city, and welcome them to the community. As the start of the new academic year begins, Br Steven has moved to... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:00
Last month, we reported on the work the Salesian Sisters are doing to help people in a poor area near Nairobi to survive the hunger which is one consequence of the restrictions imposed to control COVID-19, and the Salesian Cooperators in Cowley responded with a generous donation. Last week, Fr Francis Preston SDB (a member of our Province working in Nairobi) was invited to join the Sisters and meet... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:05
The Shrigley Old Boys are recreating their reunion this year as a 'virtual' event, on the last weekend of September.
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 of Saturday 26 September, Old Boys and their families and friends will be able... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:00
Every year, our Province welcomes Salesians in formation from other Provinces, who will spend a year of their practical training working in schools and parishes in the GBR Province, and others who will study here as part of their training as Salesians of Don Bosco.
Each week, we'll share a video to introduce you to one of the young Salesians.
This week, we'd like you to say 'Hello' to Br Ante, from Croatia,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:12
In this week's article, Mike explores unconditional love, and how he applies Gospel teachings on love to his career as a teacher.
I have been married eighteen years. Eighteen happy years. Yet, I can guarantee, that upon meeting my her, my female colleagues will say to my wife "How do you put up with him?" I seem to have this effect on my female colleagues: I 'wind' them up! I don't mean to, I'm not... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:01
"As we now move forward, after weeks of lockdown, we need to have an honest and open conversation about where we are going as a Church. How are we going to find a new 'wine skin' to meet this new challenge?" Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB calls on all of us to help our Church form a community of faith for changed times, by sharing our own insights, experiences and sacrifices during the pandemic, and our hopes... Read More »