Opening our hearts to share the feast of the Lord

Opening our hearts to share the feast of the Lord

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:41

Fr Gerry O'Shaunessy SDB reflects the Gospel for 28th Sunday of the year, with its call to fully take up the Lord's invitation to join him at the wedding feast. (Matthew 22: 1 - 14)

In our Gospel today, Jesus once again is speaking to the leaders of his people-these wonderful teachings apply as much today as they did in their original context. When the Old Testament prophets wanted to speak of the day... Read More »

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

Restored film of Blessed Michael Rua's funeral in 1910

Restored film of Blessed Michael Rua's funeral in 1910

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 14:23

In the month of his feast, a remarkable 110-year-old silent film of the funeral of Blessed Michael Rua, first successor of Don Bosco, has been restored by the Italian National Museum of Cinema the National Corporate Cinema Archive. The partnership has been entrusted with the Salesians' photographic archive, and the footage of the events of 6-9 April 1910 is one of the first fruits of their work.

The... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian History, Salesian Saints, Salesians of Don Bosco

Fr Harry celebrates 90th birthday

Fr Harry celebrates 90th birthday

Posted: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 10:05

The Salesians and staff at St Joseph's Bolton celebrated the 90th birthday of Fr Harry O'Brien SDB last week.

Although the other part of the Thornleigh community was unable to join them in person, due to COVID restrictions, a very good time was had, with an Irish-themed cake specially made for him, and plenty of jollity.

Fr Harry among the first Salesians from our Province to travel to Liberia where... Read More »

Tags: Bolton, Homepage, Liberia, Salesian Communities, Salesian Missions, Salesians of Don Bosco

Remembering Blessed Alberto Marvelli

Remembering Blessed Alberto Marvelli

Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 07:16

'One can be in politics and be a saint, and this is a very great message that comes from the life of Alberto Marvelli.' These words, spoken by Archbishop Angelo Comastri of Loreto, are an important reminder to all of us, in times when popular respect and trust for politicians is generally low.

On 5th October, we celebrate this inspiring young man, whose life also reminds us that we are called to be... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Saints, Salesians of Don Bosco

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:41

Some of the most important Gospel stories centre on sharing meals and breaking bread together. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the importance of 'table fellowship' in our lives today. Photo: A seder meal at the Triduum Retreat, Savio House

But the Son of Man goes around eating and drinking, and you say, "That man eats and drinks too much! He is even a friend of tax collectors and sinners." Yet Wisdom... Read More »

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

Kindness must be our default position

Kindness must be our default position

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:35

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB offers a reflection on the Gospel for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Image by Marcello Cerrato via Qumran2.net

Once again we are presented with a parable about that important vineyard—that place of encounter with the divine. Once again the target audience are the leaders of the community—the chief priests and elders who should be listening to the WORD OF God. They... Read More »

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

Standing At the Chalkface of the Gospel

Standing At the Chalkface of the Gospel

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:03

In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike explores the spiritual symbolism of a simple chalk stain.

Twenty-three years ago, I started my first teaching practice. Dressed in my graduation suit, I proudly walked down the drive of St Peter's Catholic High School, Orrell, near Wigan, briefcase in hand; the journey had begun. One of my abiding memories of that time is spending my breaks and lunchtimes... Read More »

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

Meet Br Zvone SDB

Meet Br Zvone SDB

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:00

We'd like to introduce you to Br Zvonimir, from Croatia. He is studying Theology at St Mary's University, and is part of the Salesian Community in Battersea.

Like Br Zvone, Salesians in formation enrich and broaden their experience and further explore their vocations by visiting other Provinces for part of their practical training and theological studies. As Christians, we believe that each of is called... Read More »

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

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