Tags: Salesians of Don Bosco
Posted: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 11:00
(ANS - Rome) - After the official preview presentation to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians last December 27, and after the interview the following day in which the Rector Major illustrated the message of the Strenna for 2022, on the theme, "Do all through love, nothing through constraint," the video of the Strenna is finally being officially released and accessible to all.
The video, lasting... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 13:12
(ANS - Rome) - With the consent of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has decided to confirm Fr James Briody as Provincial Superior of the "St Thomas of Canterbury" Province of Great Britain (GBR) for the 2022-2028 term.
Fr James Briody was born in Motherwell, in the county of Lanarkshire, on 7 May 1964. He entered the Salesian novitiate in Dublin on 7 September... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 16 Dec 2021 12:20
The family - that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
It is said that Dodie Smith was moved to write her popular children's novel 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians' when a friend commented, on seeing Dodie's own pet Dalmatians that "they would make fantastic fur coats!" You may have seen the 1961 Disney cartoon based on... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 12:03
One thing that has really amazed me during this pandemic were the lengths that so many people have made to reach out to me. I've received emails, WhatsApp's, FaceTimes, Zoom calls, phone calls and even the good old fashioned slow mail of the GPO. While I've obviously missed the contact that Social Distancing have forced on all of us, we have had to find new and exciting ways of keeping in touch. Perhaps,... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:11
The text below was written in July 2021, and sets out the theme of the work for the Salesians in 2022.
Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends, Just six months ago we gave the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians – as has been our tradition since Don Bosco's time – and the whole Salesian Family, the Strenna for the new year. Six months later, therefore, I have been asked to anticipate what could... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 01 Dec 2021 10:11
Christmas comes early?
I do not know if it is I am becoming older and more cranky, but Christmas 2021 seems to be upon us already in November—it is not even Advent yet. In the United States, the national celebration of 'Thanksgiving' towards the end of November seems to slow down the advertising juggernaut that we are seeing daily on our screens in Britain and Ireland at the moment. Come 'Black... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 12:54
According to the powers that be at the supermarket giant, Tesco, 'this Christmas nothing is stopping us', as we can sing along to the Queen hit, 'Don't Stop Me Now!' I am sure this is a challenge to the situation that we all had to experience last year when Christmas had to be somewhat subdued. As I watched their Christmas advertisement during my recent holiday in Ireland, I was struck by how government... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 14:33
Today we are presented with the dilemma of Pontus Pilate in his failure to recognise and truly understand the majesty of Jesus. In our gospel today that we usually associate with Good Friday, we have an insight into a real appreciation of today's feast. For this final Sunday of the Church's year, we move to John's gospel: both the religious and secular leaders of Palestine want Jesus out of the way.... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 13 Nov 2021 14:09
As we come to the end of this liturgical year, Jesus reminds us that his Word will always remain with us. Over these past twelve months we have walked with the evangelist, Mark, and listened to his view of Jesus. I see Mark as the evangelist 'in a hurry' to spread the gospel. No beautiful stories of birth in a Bethlehem stable are to be found in Mark; his gospel focuses on Jesus's desire to share the... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 06 Nov 2021 12:44
In the spirit of the Beatitudes, this week we are given the image of the poor widow and her offering in the Temple. The icon of 'the widow' is important in Jewish spirituality: the widow is seen as having nobody to turn to—she is in need of support and encouragement, and utterly dependent on the love of God. In our first reading, the prophet Elijah offers hope to the widow—he shows her... Read More »