Salesian Youth Ministry

Don Bosco was the first saint to found a congregation not only for young people but with young people. As Salesians, we see youth ministry not as a product but as an experience of relationship, whether that takes place in schools and parishes or at youth-gathers and summer activities. There are many different types of mission we do for and with the young: have a browse and contact us if you'd like to know more.

Salesian Youth Ministry

Animators

Our youth work volunteers are called 'animators', which we hope gives you a picture of the Salesian youth ministry approach: bringing life and spirit to our interactions with the young.

We offer programmes of training and formation for young people who want to become animators, and opportunities for trained animators to volunteer in the UK and other countries.

Salesian Youth Ministry animator t-shirt
Young people at Salesian summer camp

Walking with the young

Our youth ministry team is Salesian-led, with Salesians and lay co-workers as members, and we play a full part in the international scene across Europe as part of Don Bosco Youth-Net, and in the worldwide Salesian Youth Movement.

We support schools, parishes and chaplains in their work with the young, organise pilgrimages and provide summer activities for young people who are in need of a break for various reasons. Young adult volunteers can spend a gap year at Savio House, working with young people and gaining valuable skills and experience. Our latest project reaches out to young refugees and asylum seekers.

Find out more about our activities.

Latest News

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It's our founder's birthday!

It's our founder's birthday!

Our founder, St John Bosco, was born on 16th August, 1815, in a tiny hamlet called...

Posted: Sun, 16 Aug 2020 07:54

Feast of the Assumption: asking Mary to be with us

Feast of the Assumption: asking Mary to be with us

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Assumption and the Dormition of the Virgin...

Posted: Sat, 15 Aug 2020 08:00

A hand of friendship

A hand of friendship

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for the 19th Sunday of the year.

Today our...

Posted: Sat, 08 Aug 2020 08:06

Latest Resources

Returning to school: a Salesian Perspective

Returning to school: a Salesian Perspective

As schools move towards bringing back more pupils with the easing of lockdown, our Province Salesian Education and Schools delegate, Fr David O'Malley,...

A Novena to the Sacred Heart for our special times

A Novena to the Sacred Heart for our special times

A novena to the Sacred Heart is usually prayed in the nine days preceding the Feast, but can be prayed at any time for your special intentions. This new...

A school Chaplaincy's lockdown tips for students

A school Chaplaincy's lockdown tips for students

Pray, be kind, be imaginative, be positive! Down-to-earth lockdown tips for students from a Chaplaincy Assistant.

What's On

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12th August 2020, 17:45

Mid-week Mass

Join the Thornleigh Salesian Community on the Province Facebook page at 17:45 each Wednesday evening for Mass.

16th August 2020, 11:30

Sunday Morning Mass from Bolton

Celebrate Sunday Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with the Salesians from the Thornleigh Community

19th August 2020, 17:45

Mid-week Mass

Join the Thornleigh Salesian Community on the Province Facebook page at 17:45 each Wednesday evening for Mass.

25th August 2020

Memorial of Blessed Maria Troncatti

Salesian Sister, Maria Troncatti, beatified in 2012, was a nurse who served the Shuar people of Ecuador for 45 years.

26th August 2020

Memorial of Blessed Ceferino Namuncura

Ceferino Namuncura, son of a Mapuche chief, was a Salesian student who hoped to become a priest.

26th August 2020, 17:45

Mid-week Mass

Join the Thornleigh Salesian Community on the Province Facebook page at 17:45 each Wednesday evening for Mass.

21st November 2020, 10:00

Encounter

Youth event organised by youth ministry workers in the north-west.