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Generosity Saves Lives

COVID-19’s effects continue to shock countries all around the world. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of emergency in response to the pandemic, which meant that the...

Thank-You for Listening

The gift of listening is something that underpins all human connection. It has become clear during this time of COVID that what is needed from educators and ministers is a gentle, attentive...

Vale Lynn Martin

At the end of 2019, Lynn Martin retired as Principal of Xavier College due to ill health and sadly passed away on Thursday 14th May at home surrounded by his loved ones. This brought an end to 16...

These Are Not Times Of Spirtual Death

I finally respond to the gentle request for a testimony of these two and a half months I spent in the company of Coronavirus-19. As I start writing, the knot in my throat grows tighter and my eyes...

What is the Christian Response to the Pandemic?

The plague, pestilence; such terms not only imply a disease with deadly consequences, but a disease that is mysterious, unknown, and without human control. But the word “pandemic”? That sounds worse...

Lay Missionaries Breath Life Into Salesian...

Keith was a volunteer with the Cagliero Project , who spent six months volunteering at the Don Bosco Comoro Technical Community Centre in Timor Leste. This was an excellent experience for the...

Fr James Celebrates 40 years of Priesthood!

On Sunday the 10th of May 2020, the Don Bosco community of Suva, Fiji celebrated the 40th anniversary of priesthood of Fr James Kyaw Hoe SDB. The celebration was quite simple but very warm in the...

Woman For All Time

On the event of the feast of St Maria Mazzarello, Sr. Rochelle Lamb FMA has circulated a song written and produced by her to help mark the occasion. With vocals by Paula Chico, the song is a...

Cholera, COVID-19 and Don Bosco

Don Bosco is so well-known to us for so many incredible things, it’s no surprise that certain parts of his story fade into the background. One such chapter is when the deadly Cholera pandemic swept...

"We're Not Closed, We're Operating Differently!"

The effects of COVID – 19 can be felt all around the world, as the various countries of the world react differently in their efforts to curtail the effects of the pandemic. This global challenge has...

Thousands of Vital Facemasks Sewn by Volunteers

“It’s unbelievable that people who come to contact with infected patients need our textile face mask because they don’t have anything else.” says Ilona Tůmová, an assistant in the editorial...

Salesian Joy and Spirit are Alive in South...

The Don Bosco Youth Camp in Gawler has been an exciting success for six years now, in no small part thanks to our fantastic and enthusiastic leaders. I have always enjoyed our annual camp and loved...

OzBosco 2020 to Go Ahead!!!

OzBosco will go ahead in 2020, albeit in a completely different format! Restrictions placed on gatherings of people in light of COVID-19 quickly made it clear that it would be impossible to host in...

Vatican Publishes Free Book of Pope's Homilies

The Vatican has published a free downloadable book of Pope Francis' prayers and homilies responding to the trial and suffering of the coronavirus pandemic. Titled "Strong in the Face of...

New Rochelle Province Fighting Through COVID-19

New York has quickly become the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in the USA. There, the Salesians continue to do all they can to help respond to this new tragedy. The Don Bosco Community Center,...

Filling Heads and Hearts Despite Empty Classrooms

Classrooms – closed. School yards – empty. Staffrooms – quiet. Yet all about is noise and activity. The buzz of a normal school day now comes alive through a screen and set of headphones. In a time...

Young People Source of Solidarity Against COVID-19

As Fr George Menamparampil, SDB, World Coordinator of the Covid-19 Emergency of the Salesian Congregation, wrote a few days ago: “The needs are enormous, but miracles are visible.” Faced with an...

Salesians in Fiji Persisting Through Lockdowns...

You may be wondering what's news in Fiji. There are now 16 confirmed cases of the corona-virus in this part of the Pacific. The government has been able to determine that the virus entered the...

Christ the Redeemer Lit Up for Easter

As churches remain closed, Archbishop Orani Tempesta conducted Easter Service mass at the base of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, which over looks the massive city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The...

Spiritual Retreat Opened to All Young People

In light of the ongoing Global situation that limits travel, the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe and the Middle East have come up with a novel way that will provide spiritual enrichment to young...

Why Do We Run Camps?

The Australian summer forever seems to be a point of conversation – drought, scorching heat, a break from school that only gets longer as you progress through to senior years of schooling, and for...

Relationships: The Prime Language

The Rector Major has chosen “Good Christians and Honest Citizens” to be the theme for the 2020 Salesian Strenna. To celebrate this, throughout 2020, The Salesian Bulletin will be interviewing...

Our Model of Don Bosco, Modelled on Others

This article is an abridged form of a homily preached by Archbishop Costelloe at the Perth Cathedral on the occasion of the Feast Day of Don Bosco, 2020 In 1888, just 12 years before the Australian...

Returning to our first love

There are many reflections I would like to share with you. I pause on some that I am strongly convinced of and that I am sure you will certainly receive with an open heart. We are all called by...

Good Christians or “Godless Galileans”?

‘Be a good citizen,’ writes the apostle Paul. ‘All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God's order. So, live responsibly as a citizen. Decent citizens should have...

Diocesan suspension of Mass

The following advice is accurate as of 13:00 on the 19th of March, 2020. In a letter to Victorian Catholics signed by the four bishops of Victoria, Peter Comensoli, Shane Mackinlay, Paul Bird and...

Fiji Pacific Project Releases New Video

The Australian Salesian Missions Overseas Aid Fund (ASMOAF) in conjunction with the Australian Social Communications team, have released a new video that celebrates the progress of a significant...

ACBC Issues Liturgical Advice in Response to...

The Australian Catholic Bishops Confernce (ACBC) has released national advice on the liturgical implications of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Whilst there have...

New Water is New Hope

Eritrea can be found in the northeast of Africa and is one of the world's poorest countries. Those that are there, working in Don Bosco’s name, face many challenges and one of the most significant...

Don Bosco Alafua enrolls first female students

Seven female students have made history by becoming the first women to study at Don Bosco Technical College at Alafua. In their bright yellow and green uniforms, the students are very happy to be...

Congratulations Deacon Pati!

On Saturday 22 February 2020, three young men - Sinapati Ioane (SDB), Aminiasi Ravuwai (Society of St. Columban) and Iosefu Wailoa (Archdiocese of Suva) - were ordained to the Diaconate by...

GC28 Begins With Great Fraternal Love!

For some it was hours, others it was days but no matter how long the journey, all delegates for the Salesian General Chapter 28 were happy to return to their spiritual home of Valdocco! Officially...

Don Bosco Feast Day Festival a Stellar Success!

The Don Bosco Feast Day Festival is quickly becoming one of the best days on Melbourne’s Salesian Calendar! Taking place on Sunday the 9th of February (just over a week over Don Bosco’s actual feast...

To Serve and Not to be Served

The Salesian Sisters of the South Pacific Region rejoice in the final profession of Sr. Mena Tanuvasa. The entire island of Savai'i came alive for this momentous occasion, which was held in the...

Engadine Camp Overcome the Elements for a...

45 campers aged between nine and twelve arrived at St John Bosco Primary School’s Hanley field, on Wednesday January 15th marking the beginning of Summer Camp at the Bosco Parish in Engadine, NSW....

A letter to all Young People

The Rector Major wrote the follow as an open letter to all young people, marking the Feast of Don Bosco 2020. My dear young people from all over our beautiful Salesian world. My greeting today is...

Don Bosco Feast Mass

January 31 marks the feast day of Don Bosco and so, it was only fitting that members of the Salesian family from around Melbourne gathered at the parish church of St Margret Mary, to celebrate the...

Vale Fr Bert

Fr Albert Fulbrook, entered Eternal Life after a lifetime of service early in the morning of 12th November 2019 . He was 83 years of age, had been a professed religious for 60 years and a Salesian...

Salesian Missions Rise Up to feed the young of...

Young people attending the Don Bosco Technical School Fatumaca in East Timor have access to better nutrition thanks to a partnership between Salesian Missions and Rise Against Hunger, an...

No Room at the Inn?

A faint knock on the door is drowned out by the wind and the rain. Mother nature is proving to be not much help in this situation. Inside the tiny flat, near the warmth of the kitchen, Don Bosco is...

Whispering God during Christmas

The great, striking message of Christmas, destined to change the face of the earth and fill it with joy, first appeared insignificant; a newborn lying in a manger. We, too, through so many small and...

Christmas is for Young People

This article was originally written in October of 2019. There are many fine traditions that surround Christmas. From the most pious priest to the most adamant atheist, there’s one tradition that...

Faith & Hope in Our Ever-Changing World

The days pass into weeks and weeks into months and now we stand before yet another new year. We live immersed in continual change as all things come into existence, grow to maturity and fade. Not...

John Paul College Immerses in Timor-Leste

Every year, John Paul College, in Frankston, Victoria, gives approximately 12 students the opportunity to travel to Timor-Leste. The purpose of our immersion is to create connections with the...

Graduations show the future of Timor-Leste

On Friday, the 13th of December, the Don Bosco Training Center in Comoro (TCDBC) held its 28th graduation ceremony as another batch of graduates celebrated their hard work and dedication upon the...

Suva Parish Welcomes Angels Without Realizing it!

“Without realizing it, they welcomed angels”, was a message that reverberated in the minds of of all the laity, families and friends, who participated in the celebration of the Salesian Mission Day...

I Come From God and Don Bosco - Why Hide Who I Am?

The Rector Major has chosen “Good Christians and Honest Citizens” to be the theme for the 2020 Salesian Strenna. To celebrate this, throughout 2020, The Salesian Bulletin will be interviewing...

Salesian Leadership Camp 2019

On Monday, the 2nd of December, 50 young people braved the fierce winds and chilling rains to take part in the Salesian Leadership camp at the Don Bosco Camp & Centre in Safety Beach, Victoria,...

Salesian Leadership Camp Cleans Local Environment

The Salesian leadership camp at the Don Bosco Camp and Centre in Safety Beach put their words into action for Giving Tuesday to clean up the surrounding streets and beach. The young people, aged...

It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Soon!

On Wednesday the 27th the Salesian Formation house in Clifton Hill, Victoria held a bittersweet barbeque to celebrate Br Kitichai Saisawang, known most commonly in his adopted home by his ‘Aussie’...

Fr Basañes Addresses a Passionate Rainbow Audience

About 25 people were on hand to hear Fr Guillermo Basañes speak, worldwide councillor for missions for the Salesian congregation on the 25th of November at the Aikenhead Hall at St. John the Baptist...

Pope Francis Condemns Nuclear Violence

At 11:02 on the morning of 9 August 1945, an atomic bomb exploded in Nagasaki, Japan. One-third of the city was destroyed and around 150,000 people were killed or injured. Many more died later from...

Fr Leo the Mobile Missionary to Engadine!

Fr. Leo Sungkyu Choi is a mobile Salesian – that is, a Salesian who is open to moving wherever in the world he is needed most, on a temporary basis (usually around 3-6 years). It was in this way...

Why I'm Salesian

I’ve been involved with the Salesians for the past 5 years, having encountered them at just the right time. I have no long-winded family history of Salesian involvement, I wasn’t educated by...

Final Mission Speaker Series - Fr. Basañes

The final episode of the Mission Speaker Series will take place on Monday the 25th of November, when the microphone is handed over to Fr. Guillermo Basañes. All are heartily encouraged to...

Sr Louise McKeogh Appointed Provincial

Sr Louise McKeogh will take over the role of Provincial for the Salesian sisters, leaving behind big shoes to fill in her previous role as the Social Justice Coordinator for the Diocese of...

A Day In The Life of A Cagliero Volunteer

Xavier Quinn is a current Cagliero Volunteer in Timor-Leste. His Salesian journey started much earlier however, having grown up with close connections to the Salesian family all his life. At...

Don Bosco Preparing Impoverished Youth Of...

“The school is not the end; rather it is the means for preparing for life” said Don Bosco and this advice is exceptionally accurate in the Don Bosco Technical School (DBTS) in Sihanoukville, a...

4 Salesians to be Ordained to Diaconate

On the 30th of November, 2019, four Salesian brothers will be ordained as deacons at St Joseph’s Church in Collingwood at 6pm. “I chose you” has been selected as the theme of the Mass and will be...

Sr Esperanza - 102 & Going Strong!

On the 23rd of October, the FMA community in Melbourne and the SDBs from Lysterfield had the honour and privilege of celebrating Sr. Esperanza's 102 birthday, knowing full well that she prayed for...

Salesian Leadership Program 2019

Every December, The Don Bosco Camp & Centre runs Salesian Leadership Camp. It is a 4-day training course designed to provide leaders and potential leaders with a variety of tools, techniques and...

Flora Chol Stars in Refugee Panel

The Salesian activities of extraordinary mission’s month* continued on Wednesday 9th of October with a panel discussion tackling the growing refugee crisis around the world, hosted by Romina...

Adriana Leaps With Don Bosco Toward God

As soon as she starts talking, Adriana gets emotional. Her voice breaks, her eyes shine, her hands clutch at each other, as if to give herself courage. Despite my invitation to stop and catch her...

Holiness is Happiness: Salesian Youth Retreat

On Saturday 5th of October, 20 young people gathered at the Don Bosco Retreat Centre in Lysterfield for the Holiness is Happiness: Salesian Youth Retreat. Attendees were drawn from across the...

Salesian Youth Ministry

Salesian Joy and Spirit are Alive in South...

The Don Bosco Youth Camp in Gawler has been an exciting success for six years now, in no small part thanks to our fantastic and enthusiastic...

OzBosco 2020 to Go Ahead!!!

OzBosco will go ahead in 2020, albeit in a completely different format! Restrictions placed on gatherings of people in light of COVID-19 quickly...

Spiritual Retreat Opened to All Young People

In light of the ongoing Global situation that limits travel, the Salesian Youth Movement of Europe and the Middle East have come up with a novel way...

Why Do We Run Camps?

The Australian summer forever seems to be a point of conversation – drought, scorching heat, a break from school that only gets longer as you...

Don Bosco Feast Day Festival a Stellar Success!

The Don Bosco Feast Day Festival is quickly becoming one of the best days on Melbourne’s Salesian Calendar! Taking place on Sunday the 9th of...

Engadine Camp Overcome the Elements for a...

45 campers aged between nine and twelve arrived at St John Bosco Primary School’s Hanley field, on Wednesday January 15th marking the beginning of...

Salesian Leadership Camp 2019

On Monday, the 2nd of December, 50 young people braved the fierce winds and chilling rains to take part in the Salesian Leadership camp at the Don...

Salesian Leadership Camp Cleans Local Environment

The Salesian leadership camp at the Don Bosco Camp and Centre in Safety Beach put their words into action for Giving Tuesday to clean up the...

Holiness is Happiness: Salesian Youth Retreat

On Saturday 5th of October, 20 young people gathered at the Don Bosco Retreat Centre in Lysterfield for the Holiness is Happiness: Salesian Youth...

SDB News

Fr James Celebrates 40 years of Priesthood!

On Sunday the 10th of May 2020, the Don Bosco community of Suva, Fiji celebrated the 40th...

Congratulations Deacon Pati!

On Saturday 22 February 2020, three young men - Sinapati Ioane (SDB), Aminiasi Ravuwai (Society of...

GC28 Begins With Great Fraternal Love!

For some it was hours, others it was days but no matter how long the journey, all delegates for...

A letter to all Young People

The Rector Major wrote the follow as an open letter to all young people, marking the Feast of Don...

Vale Fr Bert

Fr Albert Fulbrook, entered Eternal Life after a lifetime of service early in the morning of 12th...

No Room at the Inn?

A faint knock on the door is drowned out by the wind and the rain. Mother nature is proving to be...

Whispering God during Christmas

The great, striking message of Christmas, destined to change the face of the earth and fill it...

Faith & Hope in Our Ever-Changing World

The days pass into weeks and weeks into months and now we stand before yet another new year. We...

It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Soon!

On Wednesday the 27th the Salesian Formation house in Clifton Hill, Victoria held a bittersweet...

Salesian Schools and Parishes

Thank-You for Listening

The gift of listening is something that underpins all human connection. It has become clear during this time of COVID that what is needed from educators and ministers is a gentle, attentive...

Vale Lynn Martin

At the end of 2019, Lynn Martin retired as Principal of Xavier College due to ill health and sadly passed away on Thursday 14th May at home surrounded by his loved ones. This brought an end to 16...

"We're Not Closed, We're Operating Differently!"

The effects of COVID – 19 can be felt all around the world, as the various countries of the world react differently in their efforts to curtail the effects of the pandemic. This global challenge has...

Filling Heads and Hearts Despite Empty Classrooms

Classrooms – closed. School yards – empty. Staffrooms – quiet. Yet all about is noise and activity. The buzz of a normal school day now comes alive through a screen and set of headphones. In a time...

Fiji Pacific Project Releases New Video

The Australian Salesian Missions Overseas Aid Fund (ASMOAF) in conjunction with the Australian Social Communications team, have released a new video that celebrates the progress of a significant...

Don Bosco Alafua enrolls first female students

Seven female students have made history by becoming the first women to study at Don Bosco Technical College at Alafua. In their bright yellow and green uniforms, the students are very happy to be...

Suva Parish Welcomes Angels Without Realizing it!

“Without realizing it, they welcomed angels”, was a message that reverberated in the minds of of all the laity, families and friends, who participated in the celebration of the Salesian Mission Day...

Measure Twice Shoot Once Films vists Don Bosco High School

Measure Twice Shoot Once Films are a popular team of filmmakers that recently visited the students of the Don Bosco High School and Vocational Centre in Salelologa, to share and inspire the students...

Dominic College Cuts Trash for a Week

This week was a rubbish free week where students tried their best to not bring any rubbish to school in their lunch boxes. The aim of this week was to try to encourage students to eat healthier...

40 Young Receive First Communion in Clifton Hill

On Sunday, 8th September the community of St John's primary school in Clifton Hill came together with 11 children from nearby community schools as 40 young people made their first Holy Communion, at...

Assumption and Baptism in Collingwood

On Thursday the 15th of August, St Joseph’s Primary school in Collingwood, Melbourne gathered for a whole school mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Two students of the school, Brandon...

Xavier College Expanding

South Australia’s newest Catholic School will open in Two Wells in 2021. The school will be a campus of Xavier College, and will cater for students from Reception to Year 12. The school will open in...

Christmas in Collingwood!

On the 20th of July, the Our Lady of The Southern Cross celebrated "Christmas in July" for their parish fun night, a popular event that occurs every year. It was a fun night full of fellowship and...

The Travelling Mary

All parishes have their own characters, activities, and special quirks that make them just a little bit different, a little bit special compared to everyone else. St John Bosco in Engadine, (about...

Renewal of Ministers of the Word & Eucharist

The events of parish life are always joyful at St Francis De Sales Parish in Salelologa. On Sunday the 7th of July fifteen Ministers of the Word of God and twenty Ministers of the Eucharist made...

NAIDOC Week at Dominic College

As NAIDOC Week celebrations carry on around Australia, Dominic College holds an event of its own. On Wednesday 3rd of July, Dominic College held their celebrations for NAIDOC week. The school has...