Michael Mendl – “The zeal of the salesians is just the thing”. Founding of the salesian work in New York

Over one hundred years ago, on November 28, 1898, three Salesians arrived in New York to initiate a Salesian apostolate among the Italian immigrants of that metropolis. In March of the previous year four of their confreres had undertaken a similar mission in San Francisco.

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John Dickson – An introduction to Don Rua’s letters to England

Michael Rua (1837-1910) was a pupil, then the lifetime collaborator and finally, the first successor of St. John Bosco as Rector Major of the Salesian Society (1888-1910). During his Rectorate the Salesians grew from 1030 members in 64 houses to 4420 confreres scattered across the globe. Don Rua’s letters to England offer the reader a glimpse of the character of their writer and of the pastoral care he took of a small group of relatively insignificant Salesians in what was very often the inhospitable atmosphere of the British empire at the height of its power.

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Arthur Lenti – Madonnas for times of trouble

The question of the circumstances in which Don Bosco became the champion of the Virgin Mary under the specific titles of Immaculate Conception and Help of Christians is no longer a matter of debate. These titles, in so far as their revival in the second half of the nineteenth century is concerned, are tied to specific and well-known political events.

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Nancy J. Bowden – Unwrapping the gifts: Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal and the salesian vision of women

This article furthers the theme of collaboration between women and men, showing this as central to Salesian history and spirit. Dr. Nancy J. Bowden brings us back to Francis de Sales and Jane-Frances de Chantal in the founding of the Visitation-the first Salesian community.

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Arthur Lenti – Politics of the “Our Father” and the holy father: Don Bosco’s mediation in Church-State affairs

Fr. Arthur J. Lenti tells the story of Don Bosco’ s efforts to mediate between the Holy See and the Italian government during the tense years of Italian unification. Of special importance was the appointment of bishops. After offering background on the historical events leading to the estrangement between the Church and state in Italy, the author goes to the sources in an effort to answer the question why someone so politically unimportant as Don Bosco, should become involved in a capacity of “negotiator.”

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Arthur Lenti – Don Bosco’s beatification and canonization

This article is written by our own Arthur J. Lenti, of the Institute of Salesian Spirituality in Berkeley. The article studies “Don Bosco’ s Beatification and Canonization Story: Highlights and Sidelights,” and incorporates material that Fr. Lenti has developed for classes and retreats over the course of the last year.

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Sylwia Ciężkowska – L’accompagnamento comunitario nel cammino di perfezione di santa Teresa di Gesù

L’articolo fa parte di un volume che offre al lettore la possibilità di accostare alla realtà dell’accompagnamento da diversi punti di vista e da differenti approcci disciplinari.

Questo articolo si sofferma sul tema dell’accompagnamento comunitario nell’esperienza di Santa Teresa di Gesù a partire di una delle sue opere più conosciute: Il Cammino di perfezione.

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Catherine Fino – San Francesco di Sales maestro di accompagnamento

L’articolo fa parte di un volume che offre al lettore la possibilità di accostare alla realtà dell’accompagnamento da diversi punti di vista e da differenti approcci disciplinari.

Questo articolo presenta la figura di San Francesco di Sales come maestro di accompagnamento. Dagli scritti del“santo della dolcezza si possono attingere interessanti strategie per accompagnare l’iniziazione alla vita cristiana dei giovani e delle giovani di oggi; trarre ispirazione per aiutare le persone ad incontrarsi con la propria realtà profonda e a discernere l’origine e la finalità di affetti, pensieri, decisioni; infine elaborare itinerari di accompagnamento per progredire nella vita cristiana e nell’accoglienza reciproca in dialogo con la propria cultura.

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Piera Cavaglià – Dall’affidamento all’accompagnamento l’esperienza formativa di santa Maria D. Mazzarello

L’articolo fa parte di un volume che offre al lettore la possibilità di accostare alla realtà dell’accompagnamento da diversi punti di vista e da differenti approcci disciplinari.

Questo articolo si sofferma sul tema dell’accompagnamento nell’esperienza di santa Maria D. Mazzarello, confondatrice dell’Istituto delle Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice. L’Autrice mette in evidenza il contesto storico-ecclesiale in cui la santa ha formato la sua personalità di educatrice e di sapiente guida dei giovani e di consorelle, e in seguito evidenzia alcuni tratti del suo essere un’esperta accompagnatrice.

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