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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 […]

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 […]

Draw Upon the Spiritual Experience of Don Bosco

In honor of Don Bosco’s Feast day, and in line with this years study theme in preparation for the celebration of the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth (16 August 2015), we have put together this collection of articles from the Journal of Salesian Studies. We invite you, then, to take a few moments in 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 […]

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!

Early Salesian Regulations: Formation in the Preventive System

Early Salesian Regulations Formation in the Preventive System

by John Rasor, SDB Subjects: Introduction Overview of the Regulations’ Development The Regulations for the Oratory The Regulations for the Houses Table 1. Structures of the Regulations for the Oratory and the Regulations for the Houses Adding, Changing and Subtracting Offices Adding the Preventive System The Work of the First Six General Chapters The Annual Conferences […]

Don Bosco’s Missionary Dreams (Part 2)

Don Boscos Missionary Dreams Part II

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB Subjects: Prefatory Note Introduction Part One: Don Bosco’s Fourth and Fifth Missionary Dreams Context of the Fourth and Fifth Missionary Dreams Textual Tradition and Text of the Fourth Missionary Dream (the Dream of the Angels of the Missions, narrated July 2, 1885) Textual Tradition of the Fourth Missionary Dream Text […]

A Biobliographical Essay

A Bibliographical Essay

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB Subjects: Don Bosco nella storia della cultura popolare, ed. Francesco Traniello (Collana Il Popolo Cristiano). Torino: SEI, 1987. (392 pages.) Don Bosco nella Chiesa a servizio dell’umanita: Studi e testimonianze (Istituto Storico Salesiano – Roma, Studi – 5), ed. Pietro Braido. Roma: LAS, 1987. [430 pages.) Don Bosco Fondatore della […]

The Earliest Biographies of Don Bosco and Their English Translations

The Earliest Biographies of Don Bosco and Their English Translations

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB see the online journal version here Subjects: Early Sketches  Dr. Charles D’Espiney’s Don Bosco and its Enghlish Language Counterparts  Biography in the Miracle-Oriented, Laudatory Tradition  Criticism of Dr. D’Espiney’s Biography  Dr. D’Espiney’s Dom Bosco for the English-speaking public  Miss McMahon Translation of 1884  Mrs. Barker’s 1885 Adaptation of D’Espiney Dom […]

Don Bosco’s Battle Against Illiteracy

Don Boscos Battle against Illiteracy

by Michael Ribotta, SDB see the online journal version here Subjects: Education in Light of Don Bosco’s Historical Contex: Intentional Suppression Literacy Rates The Ambitions of a Poor Priest John Bosco Early Efforts The Metric System The Primacy of Morality in Education Finding Educators Parallels and Improvements from Lancasterian Education Tensions: Linguistic Regionalism Epic Secular Literature: Important Secular […]

ʺMy Charitable Mademoiselleʺ : Don Bosco’s Fifty-Eight Letters to Clara Louvet

My Charitable Mademoiselle: Don Boscos 58 Letters to Clara Louvet

by John Itzaina, SDB Subjects: Don Bosco’s First Encouter with Mademoiselle Clara Louvet Clara Louvet: A brief Sketch Content and Purpose of the Letters An Intimate and Touching Letter Clara and the Salesian Sisters A Non-Religious  Vocation to Sainthood Parallels with Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Jane de Chantal