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Friday, 14 June 2019 09:17

Reflecting on the Blessed Five

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Br Lukasz from the Bootle SDB community and the Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy team, reflects on this week's memorial of the five Polish Salesian martyrs, who were executed in 1942. The oldest was 23, and the youngest just 19.

 

“My dearest parents, brothers and sisters, the time has come to say goodbye to you on August 24, the day of Mary Help of Christians … May the Good Lord take me to himself. Don’t have regrets that I am leaving this world so young. I am now in a state of grace. ... I am going to heaven. There I shall pray to God … Pray sometimes for me … I’m going now.”

 

After writing these words in the letter to his mother, Franciszek Kesy and his other four companions: Czeslaw Jozwiak, Edward Klinik, Edward Kazimierski and Jarogniew Wojciechowski, were taken into the prison yard in Dresden and beheaded. It was the 24th of August 1942, the monthly feast of Mary Help of Christians in all Salesian communities. This Wednesday in our Family, we celebrated the commemoration of these blessed martyrs.

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This month, Salesian students from Farnborough, spent some time following the footsteps of Bl Józef Kowalski, one of the Salesians killed in Auschwitz

 

During their trip to Krakow during half term, 44 students from Salesian College Farnborough, visited the Salesian Parish of Saint Stanislaus & St John Bosco in Debniki, where St John Paul II had been a parishioner.

 

They were welcomed by Fr Zygmunt SDB and, as it was Ash Wednesday, he administered the ashes to the group.

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Monday, 07 January 2019 13:59

Feast of Blessed Titus Zeman

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We celebrate the memorial of Blessed Titus Zeman, the first Slovakian Salesian to be beatified, on 8th January. 

 

In the early 1950s, when religious orders were banned by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia, and many religious were being sent to concentration camps, Blessed Titus organised the escape of young Salesians to Turin, where they could continue their formation. Aware that he risked the death penalty for his actions, he said, “Even if I lose my life I do not consider it a waste, knowing that at least one of those whom I have saved has become a priest to take my place”.

 

Following his arrest in 1952, he was beaten and tortured, before being tried for treason. He was sentenced to 25 years of hard labour in the harshest of prisons. On his release after 13 years, his health was broken but his spirit was not. He died five years later, on 8th January 1969.

 

Blessed Titus, pray for us!

 

Find out more about Bl Titus in our brief Pocketbook biography. (£1.60 inc UK p&p)

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 16:45

Celebrating Bl Artimide Zatti

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On 13th November, we celebrate the memorial of Blessed Artimide Zatti, a Salesian Brother who dedicated his life to caring for the sick poor in Argentina.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:45

Beatification of Titus Zeman

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On Saturday 30th September, Salesian priest Titus Zeman was beatified in a ceremony in Bratislava, the city where he was born in 1915. He is the first Slovakian Salesian to be beatified.

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Celebrate the feasts of Salesian Beati Alberto Marvelli and Alexandrina da Costa in October by learning more about their inspiring lives in On The Road to Sainthood, the new book from Don Bosco Publications.

 

The latest little volume in our Pocketbook Series presents brief biographies of 15 Salesian figures whose lives of holiness and devotion have placed them on the path to sainthood. 

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 16:09

Feast of Blessed Madeleine Morano FMA

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On 15 November, we celebrate the feast of Blessed Madeleine Morano, Salesian Sister, educator and catechist, who was born on this day in 1847. Madeleine overcame poverty and hardship to answer the call she felt from God to be a religious sister and a teacher.

 

Although she knew from an early age that she was called to both religious life and teaching, when her father died, 8-year-old Madeleine had to find work to help her mother support their large family, and it was only with the help of an uncle who was a priest, that she was able to continue her education as she worked. With her family dependent on her earnings, Madeleine could not leave them to enter a religious order, but she was able to begin training as a teacher at the age of 14, when she was employed at a new school close to home, and she gained her teaching certificate five years later.

 

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Friday, 12 October 2018 16:01

Feast of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

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On 13th October, we remember Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa, a Salesian Cooperator and mystic who lived in tremendous pain for over thirty years, finding happiness in her suffering, and managing to care about the troubles of others despite her own situation. At the age of 14, she severly injured her spine jumping from a window to escape from an attempted rape, and by the age of 21, she was totally paralysed. After praying for a cure at first, she came to see her vocation as a 'victim soul', and received the grace to bear her suffering, offering it 'for the salvation of the young' and for peace in the world.

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Monday, 21 January 2019 15:40

Feast of Blessed Laura Vicuna

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On 22nd January, we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña, who is the patron of abuse victims. She was born in Chile in 1891, and died on 22nd January, 1904. After her father died, Laura's mother took her to Argentina, where she was educated by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. She felt a call to religious life from an early age, dedicating herself to God while she was still too young to follow her vocation to join the Salesian Sisters. 

 

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