Tag archives for Francis de Sales

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 […]

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 […]

Saint Francis de Sales Articles

In honor of Saint Francis de Sales, our patron whose feast we celebrate on 24 January, the Journal of Salesian Studies has made available a selection of articles for your study, enjoyment, and spiritual growth. A few are directly related to the Gentle Saint, and a few show his influence in the Bosconian branch of […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

School Leadership Formation in the Salesian Tradition

School Leadership Formation in the Salesian Tradition

by Joseph A. DiMauro, OSFS Itroduction: The goal of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales is expressed in the first paragraph of the Constitutions which reads: “Their wholehearted endeavor will be to sanctify themselves, in order to aid more efficaciously the sanctification of their neighbor, through the different functions of the sacred ministry, the Christian […]

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 […]

Something about Mary: Reflections on Don Bosco, Mother Mazzarello and the Development of the “Spirit of Mornese”

Something About Mary: Reflections on Don Bosco Mother Mazzarello and the Development of the Spirit of Mornese

by Kaoru Tamura, FMA       Subjects: Introduction Mother Mazzarello’s Spiritual Preparation, and Life Experiences Ideological Formation Life Experiences and Activities Brought Up on the Farm Apprenticed to Work in Manual Trade as Adolescents Influenced by Bourgeois Diocesan Priests Independence to Envision a New Model of Religious Life Inspired by the Experience of Working […]

Salesian Mysticism: Towards the Ecstasy of Action

Salesian Mysticism: Towards the Ecstasy of Action

by Mary Greenan, FMA Subjects: Introduction Purpose: the Salesian of the Future A Challenge from Postmodernism Behind the Mystique of the Mystic The Marriage of Contemplation and Action Ecstasy in Action Prayer and Presence: Love in Action Women and Men of Fire Be Mystics or Die!

What is Salesian in Don Bosco? Francis de Sales and Don Bosco’s Pastoral Spirit

What Is Salesian in Don Bosco: Francis de Sales and Don Bosco's Pastoral Spirit?

by Fr. Joseph Boenzi, SDB   Subjects: Preliminary Remarks Julie Colbert di Barolo, Marchesa and Foundress Pastoral Aspects of the Salesian Patronage Salesian Influence in Don Bosco’s Life Francis de Sales and the Devotional Landscape Model for Reform Model of Sweetness and Pastoral Zeal in the 1800s Don Cafasso Presents Francis de Sales to Priests […]

The Salesian Brother’s Spiritual Identity: A Lay Consecrated Youth Minister

The Salesian Brother's Spiritual Identity: A Lay Consecrated Youth Minister

by Br. John M. Rasor, SDB   Subjects: Writings from the Founding Period Names Don Bosco’s Constitutions The 3rd and 4th General Chapters The Coadjutors The Constitutions and General Chapters on Formation Identity in Today’s Rules Summary of the Renewal Process The Special General Chapter and World Congress of Salesian Brothers General Chapter 21 Fr. […]

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

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 […]

Salesian Imaging of God’s Love without Equal

Salesian Imaging of God's Love without Equal

by Eunan McDonnell, SDB Subjects: Francis de Sales’ Use of Imagery A Love that Draws Draw Us to the Odor of Your Perfumes The Breath of God that Inspires A Fatherly-Motherly Love A Fatherly Love A Motherly Love Christ Our Mother The Heart of Love The Human Heart The Divine Heart The Crucified Heart Summary

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 […]

The Founding and Early Expansion of the Salesian Work in the San Francisco Area from Archival Documents, Part 1: The Founding Era

The Founding and Early Expansion of the Salesian Work in the SF Area from Archival Documents Part 1: The Founding Era

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB with contributions from John Rasor, SDB Subjects: Foreword Introduction San Francisco (1895-1897) First Steps Form of Agreement Gathering the Team for the Mission Under Father Raphael Piperni’s Leadership Father Piperni’s Account of the Trip from Turin to San Francisco First Experiences in San Francisco Conclusion Appendix Father Raphael Piperni’s Mission […]

Key-Concepts, Concerns and Fears of a Founder-Don Bosco in His Declining Years, Part 2

Key Concepts Concerns and Fears of a Founder: Don Bosco in his Declining Years Part 2

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB Subjects: Introduction and Description of Archival Source Material The Minutes of the Superior Chapter from 1875 to 1888 Father Giulio Barberis’ Minutes of Meetings of the Superior Chapter Father Giovanni Battista Lemoyne’s Minutes of the Meetings of the Superior Chapter Minutes of the Alassio General Conference and of General Chapters […]