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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Don Bosco’s Second Great Hagiographical Essay: “The Life of Young Dominic Savio”

Don Boscos Second Great Hagiographical Essay: The Life of Young Dominic Savio

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB   Subjects: Introduction Initial Presentation of Don Bosco’s Life of Savio Don Bosco’s Savio Biography and Its Successive Editions Sources of the Savio Biography Presentation of the First Edition of the Savio Biography (1859) Dominic Savio’s Cursus Vitae Dominic Savio’s Parents, Family and Childhood Ranello (1815-1840) Mondonio (1840-1841) San Giovanni […]

Sons of Don Bosco, Successors of the Apostles: Salesian Bishops, 1884 to 2001

Sons of Don Bosco Successors of the Apostles Salesian Bishops 1884 to 2001

by Charles N. Bransom, Jr.  Subjects: Introduction Salesian Bishops: Episcopal Ordinations Giovanni Cagliero Luigi Giuseppe Lasagna Giacomo Costamagna Giovanni Marenco Antonio Malan Francisco Aquino Corrêa Félix Ambrosio Guerra Luigi Olivares Abraham Aguilera Bravo Helvêcio Gomes de Oliveira Domenico Comin Luigi Versiglia Guglielmo Piani Pedro Octavio Ortiz Arrieta Ernesto Coppo Manoel Gomes de Oliveira Dante Carlo […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Aesthetics in Don Bosco’s Educational System (1876-1884)

Aesthetics in Don Bosco's Educational System

by Rik Biesmans, SDB   Subjects: Continuity in the Care for the Appropriate Celebration of Feast Days A Large Number of Feast Days The Strong Religious Character of the Preparation and Celebration of Such Feast Days Highlighting the Religious Aspect Maximum Sacramental Participation Liturgical Celebrations Secular Aspects of Feast Days Feast Day Meals Sports, Games […]

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 […]

The Founding and Early Expansion of the Salesian Work in the San Francisco Area from Archival Documents – Part 2: Early Expansion (1897-1910)

The Founding and Early Expansion of the Salesian Work in the San Francisco Area from Archival Documents Part 2: Early Expansion 1897 to 1910

by Arthur J. Lenti, SDB Subjects: Introduction Preliminary Comment: The Salesian Province of St. Philip the Apostle for North America The Church of Corpus Christi at the “Mission Street Gardens” Founding of Corpus Christi Church Corpus Christi Church and the Rua-Cassini Correspondence St. Joseph Portuguese Church, Oakland, CA Historical Notice on Portuguese Immigrants and on […]