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Assistance: The Essence of Don Bosco’s Preventive System (1876-1884) (Part 2)

Assistance: The Essence of Don Bosco's Preventive System (1876-1884) Part 2

by Rik Biesmans, SDB translated by Gaston De Neve, SDB Abstract: (The first part of this article is available HERE) In this second part, Fr. Biesmans starts by taking a look at the two aspects of prevention in Don Bosco’s educational system. The first is the protective aspect that depends entirely on the presence of […]

Encounter of the Salesian Charism: South Asian Context

Encounter of the Salesian Charism: South Asian Context -by Dominic Veliath, SDB

by Dominic Veliath, SDB Abstract: In his article, “Encounter of the Salesian Charism with the South Asian Context”, Fr. Dominic Veliath, a Salesian hailing from the Bangalore Province in India, gives us an overview of how the Salesian charism came into contact with the South Asian context in over one hundred years of Salesian presence on […]

The Preventive System and Child Rights: More than a Tool for Working with Children with Behavioral Difficulties

The Preventive System and Child Rights: More Than a Tool for Working with Children with Behavioral Difficulties

by Jose Kuttianimattathil, SDB Abstract: Fr. Jose Kuttianimattathil, another Salesian from the Bangalore Salesian Province, is our final contributor in this issue of the Journal. The author presents the Preventive System of Don Bosco as an efficient and effective way to promote child rights and for working with children who manifest behavioral difficulties. Fr. Kuttianimattathil expounds […]

Salesian Evangelization: At the Threshold of the Bicentennial of Don Bosco’s Birth (Part 1)

Salesian Evangelization: At the Threshold of the Bicentennial of Don Bosco's Birth (Part 1) – by John Roche, SDB

by John Roche, SDB   Abstract: In his Apostolic letter Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis boldly proclaimed, “The Church will have to initiate everyone—priests, religious, and laity—into this art of accompaniment which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other” (169). In a world bombarded with new technologies, and undergoing myriad […]

The Salesian Charism and the Good Shepherd Motif

The Salesian Charism and the Good Shepherd Motif – by Francis J. Moloney, SDB

by Francis J. Moloney, SDB   Abstract: In “The Salesian Charism and the Good Shepherd Motif,” prolific author and noted biblical scholar Francis J. Maloney, SDB offers an historical look at how the image of the Good Shepherd came to be connected with the person of Don Bosco and the Salesian charism, and how this […]

Visitation: Mystery of Presence, Community of Women for Women

Visitation: Ministry of Presence, Community of Women for Women – by Joseph Boenzi, SDB

by Joseph Boenzi, SDB   Abstract: In his article “Visitation: Mystery of Presence, Community of Women for Women,” Joseph Boenzi, SDB sheds light upon the beginnings of St. Francis de Sales’ Visitation Institute.  Fr. Boenzi highlights the scope of the new institute and the importance that it had for the Savoyard.  From its beginning, the […]

Assistance: The Essence of Don Bosco’s Preventive System (1876-1884) (Part 1)

Assistance: The Essence of Don Bosco's Preventive System (1876-1884) Part 1 – by Rik Biesmans, SDB

by Rik Biesmans, SDB translated by Gaston De Neve, SDB Abstract: In his article “Assistance: The Essence of Don Bosco’s Preventive System (1876-1884),” Belgian Salesian Rik Biesmans offers insight into the consolidation of Don Bosco’s educational style, especially during the years 1876 through 1884.  The first part of a two-part study, the article centers on […]

Da Mihi Animas in Don Bosco: Don Bosco’s Life and Work for the “Salvation of Souls”

Da Mihi Animas in Don Bosco: Don Boscos Life and Work for the Salvation of Souls

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB   Introduction The motto Da mihi animas; cetera tolle expresses the primary objective and spirit of Don Bosco’s incessant activity and the pastoral and ascetical program that he wished to hand on to his Salesians.  How this driving ideal powered Don Bosco’s life and work-that is, his manifold choices-is the object […]

Response to Joseph Boenzi’s “Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales”

Response to Joseph Boenzis ‘Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales’

by Francis Preston, SDB Excerpt: …Towards the end of his paper, Fr. Boenzi makes reference to the “pastoral heart” of Francis de Sales and how “as he looked at the separated city of Geneva, his longing converted into a program of action and a journey of continual conversion.” And with reference to Don Bosco Fr. […]

Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales: Da Mihi Animas

Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales: Da Mihi Animas

by Joseph Boenzi, SDB Subjects: Don Bosco Cites a Motto The Personal Motto of Francis de Sales: Non Excidet Spiritual Motto for Francis de Sales’ Religious Community: Live Jesus! Apostolic Slogan in the Pastoral Style of Francis de Sales Pastoral Heart Pastoral Awareness, Pastoral Attitude

Prevention or Repression: The Reception of Don Bosco’s Educational Approach in British Salesian Schools

Prevention or Repression: The Reception of Don Bosco's Educational Approach in British Salesian Schools

by William J. Dickson, SDB   Subjects: The English Educational Context: Different Political and Educational Traditions Dr. Arnold and Rugby School Don Bosco’s Educational Approach Prevention or Repression: Contrasts and Cultural Differences Corporal Punishment in Piedmont General Regulations for Boarding Schools (Jan. 23, 1827) Salesians and School Punishments Assistance and the Salesian Preventive System England […]

Francis de Sales and the Bases for Salesian Prayer

Francis de Sales and the Bases for Salesian Prayer

by Joseph Boenzi, SDB Subjects: A spirituality that is open for everyone Conditions for prayer Humility and prayer Prayer and Hope Loving attentiveness to Jesus as an essential element of prayer Guide to prayer Jesus looks for us where we are Simplicity and intensity in prayer Divine Intimacy Ecstasy of action Conclusion: prayer as communion and […]

Accompanying the Young: The Souls our Hearts Seek

Accompanying the Young the Souls Our Hearts Seek

by Mary Greenan, FMA   Subjects: A Passion for Souls New Wine in Some Old Skins? Starting Point for Accompaniment Love as the Indispensable Condition for Accompaniment Knowing the End of All Our Accompanying The Key Questions Then Are What Is the Basic Goal of Spiritual Accompaniment and What Needs to Be Accompanied? The Journey […]

The Youth Minister as Mystic and Martyr

The Youth Minister as Mystic and Martyr

by David O’Malley, SDB   Subjects: Recognizing and Supporting Religious Experience in Young People The Development of Religious Experience Personal Experience v. Creedal Formulas Validating Personal Experience More Recent Data The Nature of Religious Experience Common Characteristics of Religious Experience Ineffable Noetic Transient Passive The Feeling Elements of Religious Experience The Interpretation Problem A Language […]

Don Bosco’s Oratories in 1849-1852: Conflict, Crisis and Resolution

Don Bosco's Oratories in 1849 1852: Conflict Crisis and Resolution

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB   Subjects: Introduction: Historical Context The Situation of the Oratories in Turin in 1849-1852 Don Bosco’s Early Associates and Collaborators in Oratory Work Don Bosco’s Letter, February 20, 1850 to the Mendicità Istruita Fr. Borel’s “Memoriale dell’Oratorio” Don Bosco’s Cenni Storici (Historical Outlines) of 1862 Don Bosco’s Article in the […]