A few words about Don Bosco Care at the Margaret Aylward Centre

Don Bosco Care provides residential care and aftercare for 32 boys aged between the ages of 10 and 21 years at some six houses across north Dublin. These young people are referred to the Salesians to be cared for, because it is unsafe for them to live with their families. We also provide an Outreach aftercare service to 60 boys and girls who have moved on or are moving from care to an independent lifestyle.

In February 2015, the management and staff of Don Bosco Care came together to mark the Bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth. Thirty six persons in all attended.

The talks on the day with our care staff were about the spiritual aspect of Don Bosco’s ethos, focussing on the person of St John Bosco, on his extraordinary faith and spirit of prayer. Faith and prayer were his supports in the face of the most demanding and challenging situations in his work with very deprived young people, many of whom were homeless. Emphasis was put on how we nurture our own spiritual lives in today’s world and on how we nurture the spirit of the young people with whom we work.

Part of the day was given over to reviewing feedback in response to questions sent to the staff some three weeks earlier, as to how the spiritual needs of the young people in our care are being met currently. It was decided to set up a small group of both staff and boys to progress the issues raised on the day. The event concluded with an excellent meal specially prepared for the occasion. The levels of care taken by the staff in reflecting on the questions posed and of the interest in the topic were notable features of the day’s event.

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