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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Paolo Albera’s Instructions: Early Efforts to Inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco

Paolo Albera’s Instructions: Early efforts to inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco

by Fr. Joseph Boenzi, SDB   Subjects: John Bosco Remembered in Paolo Albera’s Pastoral Visits Trained in Leadership by the Founder Believing in Don Bosco’s Holiness John Bosco in Paolo Albera’s Retreat Instructions Handing Down the Founder’s Teachings Recalling the Founder’s Example Characteristics Needed to Join Don Bosco Don Bosco: Director of Souls A Comprehensive […]

Margaret Occhiena Bosco (1788-1856): Don Bosco’s Mother, Educator and Vocational Support

Margaret Occhiena Bosco 1788 to 1856: Don Bosco's Mother Educator and Vocational Support

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB   Subjects: Introductory Note The Boscos and Their Social Status Francis Louis Bosco and Family Death of Francis Louis Bosco Sources for the Biographical Material Included by Lemoyne in the Biographical Memoirs Margaret Bosco’s Situation after Her Husband’s Death Margaret, Christian Mother and Educator Margaret Bosco and John’s Religious Education […]

Madonnas for Times of Trouble: Don Bosco’s Devotion to Mary the Madonna, and to Mary under the Titles ʺImmaculate Conceptionʺ and ʺHelp of Christiansʺ

Madonnas for Times of Trouble: Don Boscos Devotion to Mary the Madonna and to Mary under the Titles Immaculate Conception and Help of Christians

by Arthur J. Lenti  Subjects: Introduction Don Bosco’s Marian Devotion and Its Expression Theological Structure of Don Bosco’s Marian Devotion Don Bosco’s Marian Devotion Overview In Summary Devotion to Mary, Untitled and Titled Don Bosco’s Devotion to Mary the Immaculate Conception in Historical Context Mary Immaculate and Don Bosco: Precedents Definition of the Dogma of […]

Quality, Culture and Charism

Quality Culture and Charism

by Christopher Ford, SDB   Subjects: Climate or Culture Intangible and Tangible Aspects of School Culture Religious Dimension and Catholic School Culture Challenges Facing Catholic Schools Charism Experience of the Founder: Don Bosco Option for the Young, especially the Poorer Ones Founding Beliefs and Values Education “Presence” Conclusion

Don Bosco’s Beatification and Canonization: Story, Highlights and Sidelights

Don Boscos Beatification and Canonization Story: Highlights and Sidelights

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB     Subjects: Introduction Proposal and Aim Schematic Preview Basic Structure of the Process of Beatification Process on Virtues, Holiness, Gifts Diocesan or Ordinary Process Apostolic Process Turin Phase Little Process Roman Phase Process on Miracles Diocesan Investigation Followed by Roman Phase Basic Structure of the Process of Canonization Savio […]

Contemporary Spirituality of the Salesian Family

Contemporary Spirituality of the Salesian Family

by Francis Desramaut, SDB     Subjects: Introduction: Don Bosco’s “Simple” Spirituality and the Spirituality of the Salesian Family Starting Points What Is Spirituality? Spirituality and Spirit Religious Spirituality – Subjective and Objective Spirituality in a Christian Context Salesian Spirituality – Initial General Description Salesian Spirituality – A Fluid Reality Evolving Character of the Spirituality […]

Chastity in Salesian Constitutions

Chastity in Salesian Constitutions

by Joseph Boenzi, SDB   Subjects: Renewing the Salesian Constitutions Updating: Trends and Time-Lines The Call of Vatican II Experimentation, Crisis, Bewilderment New Confidence and New Constitutions Chastity and Renewal Analysis of Salesian Texts on Chastity Tradition and Chastity in the Constitutions of 1966 Chastity treated as “Vow” Chastity in the 1972 Constitutions Closing Reflections […]

The Concept of Secularity in Salesian Documents

The Concept of Secularity in Salesian Documents

by John Rasor, SDB Subjects: Scope of This Study Theological Issues in Secularity World, Creation and Secularity in Salesian Pre-Renewal Documents Don Bosco Fuga mundi in the Rectorates of Fr. Rua and Fr. Albera Fr. Rinaldi, Brothers and Technology Fuga Mundi in the Salesian ’30s, ’40s and ’50s Fr. Ziggiotti and the Second Vatican Council […]

Salesians and the Internet

Salesians and the Internet

by Anthony Bailey, SDB Subjects: What is the Internet? The Church and the Internet Religious Orders and the Internet Salesians on the Internet Reasons for Being There The Nature of This Presence Recommendations The Use of E-mail The Salesian Bulletin The Elderly Volunteers Salesian Intranet The Cost Conclusion

The Catholic Readings: Writing for the Masses

The Catholic Readings Writing for the Masses

by Stephen Whelan, SDB     Subjects: Introduction: The Catholic Readings as an Apostolate 1853: The Well-Instructed Catholic: A Father’s Timely Talks to His Children with a Summation by Fr. John Bosco [II Cattolico Istruito nella sua Religione: Trattenimenti di un Padre di Famiglia co’suoi Figliuoli Secondo i Bisogni del Tempo epilogati dal sac. Bosco […]

Don Bosco’s Missionary Dreams (Part 1)

Don Boscos Missionary Dreams Part I

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB Subjects: Prefatory Note Introduction Part One: Preliminary Questions on Don Bosco’s Dreams in General and on the Missionary Dreams in Particular Origin, Tradition and Redaction of the Dream Narratives Dream Narratives in Relation to the Dream Experience Don Bosco’s Dreams as Real Dreams Real Dreams? Interpretation of Don Bosco’s Dream […]