News - February, 2021

Catch up on the news from around our Province

February, 2021

Father Michael SDB is 80!

Father Michael SDB is 80!

Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:33

Br Ste Lloyd pays tribute to Fr Michael Winstanley SDB on his 80th birthday.

On 25th February 1941, the Winstanley family were blessed with a great gift from God, and on 25th February 2021, the Salesian Family continues to be blessed by the presence of this great gift from God.

Fr Michael's Salesian life has seen him serve as teacher, lecturer, formation delegate, Rector and Provincial (twice) not to... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesians of Don Bosco

Lent activities for 2021

Lent activities for 2021

Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 18:29

Many of you are following the Camino for Lent 2021, created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Susan Richert PVBM, and we have now opened registrations for our two online Lent retreats, created and hosted by the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Presentation Sisters, on Saturday 6 and Saturday 20 March from 2-4pm.

The two sessions will stand alone, so you don't need to attend both, and although they... Read More »

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

Bermondsey school's innovative Ash Wednesday

Bermondsey school's innovative Ash Wednesday

Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:08

One of our Fellowship Schools used imagination and a lot of planning, to unite their school community on Ash Wednesday:

"The community of St Michael's Catholic College in Bermondsey found a way to celebrate the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday 2021 by having palm ashes, blessed by our own Fr Alan, then posted out to families and staff to allow them to mark the beginning of Lent.

"Staff at St Michael's... Read More »

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

Second Sunday of Lent: 'Listen to him!'

Second Sunday of Lent: 'Listen to him!'

Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 15:11

A reflection on the Transfiguration, in Mark 9: 2-10, the gospel for 2nd Sunday of Lent, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: Carl Bloch - The Transfiguration of Jesus, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In the gospel today we have Mark's account of the event known as THE TRANSFIGURATION. Jesus takes his friends Peter, James and John on a hike. Last week we saw a Jesus alone in the desert before... Read More »

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

‘One community, one mission’ – Sr Gill talks about URSpace, vocation and change

‘One community, one mission’ – Sr Gill talks about URSpace, vocation and change

Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:28

This week, Sr Gill McCambridge FMA talked about her vocation, inspiration, and the URSpace project she directs in Glasgow, on Clergy Café, a live weekly broadcast by Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team (SYMT).

Interviewed by SYMT Director, Sandy Fairley, Sr Gill's passion for the inspiring examples set by Don Bosco and St Mary Mazzarello shone through, as she outlined the charism of the Salesian Sisters,... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Sisters

Let The Healing Begin

Let The Healing Begin

Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:26

In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike reflects on Mark 1:40-45 and how it ties into modern Catholic education.

The Gospel reading for Sunday 14 February is truly beautiful. It has touched me at a profound level:

A man with leprosy came to Jesus and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean."
Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing,"... Read More »

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

Caring for all of God's creation

Caring for all of God's creation

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:56

In a Lenten Salesian Goodnight video from URSpace this week, Sr Gill McCambridge FMA looks at our understanding of God's 'kingdom', when we say the 'Our Father, and when we hear Jesus speak about it in the Gospels.

She asks us to consider what choices each of us can make this Lent, even in small things, to care for God's creation and for each other, especially those who are most in need.

Sr Gill is producing... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Justice and Peace, Lent, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Spirituality

Thoughts for Lent from Salesian Brothers - New beginnings

Thoughts for Lent from Salesian Brothers - New beginnings

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:05

The Salesian Brothers of the Battersea community are offering a thought for each week of Lent to the students of St John Bosco College (SJBC) in a series of short videos, released from this week.

Battersea is the home of the Province's formation community, where young Salesians from all over the world continue their studies and work in the school and parishes, animated and supported by their Salesian... Read More »

Tags: Battersea, Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Schools, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco, Vocation

Sr Gill to talk about religious life in YouTube interview

Sr Gill to talk about religious life in YouTube interview

Posted: Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:58

Sr Gill McCambridge FMA will be the guest on Shrewsbury Youth Ministry's Clergy Café talk show, this Wednesday 24 February, live on YouTube at 4pm.

In the latest of a series of interviews with members of religious orders, Sr Gill will talk to Sandy Fairley, Director of Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team, about her vocation and her own experience of Salesian religious life.

Sr Gill is a member of the... Read More »

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

First Sunday of Lent - Walking the walk of Jesus

First Sunday of Lent - Walking the walk of Jesus

Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:29

Reflecting on the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at what Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Sisters, can teach us about making a fresh start to share the life-giving ministry of Jesus. Image by Julian Garcia Mejia via Qumran2.net

The Gospel of Mark gives us the shortest account of Jesus's time spent in the wilderness. Mark is the evangelist who is in such... Read More »

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