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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Introduction to Don Rua’s Letters to England

An Introduction to Don Rua's Letters to England

by John Dickson, SDB   Subjects: The Writer Don Rua’s Correspondents in England Don Rua’s Style of Pastoral Care Don Rua’s Style of Governance and Obedience Don Rua and Poverty, Finance and Property Don Rua’s Spirituality Conclusion

Salesians Beyond 2000

Salesians Beyond 2000

by Francis J. Moloney, SDB   Subjects: God Community Young People Making Sense of Our Nonsense A Vocation to Follow Jesus The Cost of Discipleship The Mission of the Disciple The Disciple as the Revelation of the Power of God 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 […]

Our Sacred Story: A Changing Story or a Story of Change?

Our Sacred Story: A Changing Story or a Story of Change?

by Mary Greenan, FMA   Subjects: Introduction An End or a Beginning A Personal and Unfolding Story Unfolding the Story with the Young A Common, Cultural Story Editing the Story Lenses for Interpreting the Changes Our Sacred Story A Very Human Story A Story of Faith Unfolding An Unfolding Spiritual Story “No Longer Does our […]

Historical Sketch of the Oratory of Don Bosco in Malta

Historical Sketch of the Oratory of Don Bosco in Malta

by Paul Formosa, SDB Subjects: The Oratory of Don Bosco in Malta: Ground Work The Men Who Made It Happen A Society in Need Poverty Education The Location The Unfolding The Early Developments The Oratory at Last The Lifestyle Times of Crisis Right from the Start Giving Stability World War II Post-War Administration Political Cross-Currents […]

Bringing Don Bosco into the Mainstream: Lecture by Luc Van Looy, SDB

Bringing Don Bosco into the Mainstream (San Francisco, February 24, 1997)

by Luc Van Looy, SDB Subjects: Introduction Don Bosco: An Educational Genius Uniting Human Experiences in One Educational Movement Trust in the Young Communication and Information The Foreign Missions Transplant This Genius into Public Life Cultural Life Politics Social Development Conclusion: Two Strategic Points

Writing the History of a Religious Teaching Institute: Guidelines for Research, Sources and Methods (19th and 20th Centuries)

Writing the History of a Religious Teaching Institute: Guidelines for Research Sources and Methods 19th and 20th Centuries

by Paul Wynants Subjects: Some Basic Principles Historiographical Perception and Research Themes Hagiography The Sociology of Religion and “Socio-history” Sociography of a Religious Community Active Members of the Community The Members’ Places of Origin The Surrounding Milieu Structure and Organization of the Community Attitudes and Outlook of the Religious Evolution of the Group Transformations of […]

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 […]