CatholicYouthWork.com is owned and run by Salesian Link, the Office of Social Media and Communications for the Salesians of Don Bosco in Great Britain.
Fr Bob Gardner SDB is the Social Communications Delegate for the Province and Director of the British Salesians’ Communications and Don Bosco Publications initiatives, both of which are based at Provincial House in Bolton. The CatholicYouthWork.com site is run by Clare Lewis, the manager of Salesian Link. If you’d like to get in touch, go to our contact us page.
The Salesians of Don Bosco are a religious congregation of Brothers and Priests, founded in 1859 by Saint John Bosco. Don Bosco’s mission was clear and simple: to be a friend to young people who were poor, abandoned or at risk, and in so doing to be a friend to Christ. Wherever the Salesians work, our mission is the same, but its expression changes to suit the particular context. So you will find Salesians in schools of all kinds, youth clubs, in homes for homeless or abandoned children; working with street children; missionaries; chaplains in schools, colleges and universities and in parish work. In recent years the Salesians have started to identify the new areas of mission that exist with the development of new technologies and communications methods that can provide a place to engage with young people, and those who work with young people to better support the Church’s work with the young. This site is an example of one of these new areas of mission for the Great British Province.
Believers are increasingly aware that, unless the Good News is made known also in the digital world, it may be absent in the experience of many people for whom this existential space is important. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
In 2014 the Salesians bought the site from its original developer, Jack Regan and after a re-brand and re-development it launched again on the feast of St John Bosco, the 31st of January 2015. We hope to continue to develop the site to make it as useful as possible for those working with the young in the Church, so if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas either get in touch with us via our contact us page, or register and post on the forum.