Because of the vastness of the subject and of the amount of material involved, this essay will be presented in two installments.
In this issue, after a general introduction, we will discuss the First Missionary Dream, expressing Don Bosco’s original option for the missions; and then, the two “South American” missionary dreams, projecting the expansion of the Salesian work in that subcontinent.
- Part One: Preliminary Questions on Don Bosco’s Dreams in General and on the Missionary Dreams in Particular
- I. Origin, Tradition and Redaction of the Dream Narratives
- II. Don Bosco’s Dreams As Real Dreams
- Ill. The Revelatory Character of Don Bosco’s Dreams
- IV. Typology of Don Bosco’s Dream Narratives, with Speclal Reference to the Missionary Dreams.
- Part Two: The First Missionary Dream (1871/1872) -Don Bosco’s Resolve and Option for the Missions
- I. Don Bosco’s Missionary Vocation-Development of His Missionary Awareness Leading to the First Missionary Dream
- II. Textual History and Text of the First Missionary Dream
- Part Three: The Two South American Dreams
- I. The Second Missionary Dream (August 30, 1883)
- II. The Third Missionary Dream (January 31, 1885)
Reference time period: 1871 – 1885
A. Lenti, Don Bosco’s missionary dreams (Part I), in «Journal of Salesian Sudies» 3 (1992) 2, 23-92.
Institute of Salesian Studies