Elsa Victoria Gonzalez,Liliana Edith Delgado,Torrens Vicente Martínez – El museo salesiano de Fortín Mercedes – Argentina

La prima parte della nota si sofferma sull’origine militare del Forte, sulla storia di quello che sarebbe diventato il santuario di Maria Ausiliatrice e sullo sviluppo dell’opera salesiana locale, compresa la fondazione del “Museo Regional y Misionero D. José Luro”, che darà poi origine all’attuale Museo, recentemente voluto e inaugurato dal Rettor Maggiore, don Juan Edmundo Vecchi, figlio della Patagonia e ex allievo della stessa casa di Fortín Mercedes. La seconda parte presenta il Museo stesso nella sua progettazione ideale, nella realtà delle sale espositive e dei materiali in esse conservati, nelle opportunità continuamente offerte ai visitatori.

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Antonio Ferreira da Silva – Patagonia: I- Realtà e mito nell’azione missionaria salesiana – Il vicariato apostolico della Patagonia Settentrionale

Dalla corrispondenza di mons. Cagliero, mons. Lasagna, don Vespignani e altri, si costata una voglia di autonomia dalle curie diocesane riguardo sia alla vita delle comunità religiose che al loro apostolato. Non solo le esperienze avute a Montevideo, a San Paolo del Brasile, a Cuiabá, a La Plata, ad Ancud generavano un tale sentimento; provenienti essi da Valdocco, portavano inciso nell’animo il ricordo dei difficili rapporti tra don Bosco e la curia torinese. Continue reading “Antonio Ferreira da Silva – Patagonia: I- Realtà e mito nell’azione missionaria salesiana – Il vicariato apostolico della Patagonia Settentrionale”

Giovanni Bosco – A missionary project in rapid development

What were Don Bosco’s missionary plans for Argentina once he had set foot in that land? With the information in his possession thanks to research by Fr Giulio Barberis, and to correspondence with local authorities and Salesian missionaries, six months after the first expedition Don Bosco was able to send the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide, Cardinal Alessandro Franchi, a first report on the immediate results of the work of Salesian missionaries in Argentina (no. 98). He asked for financial aid and the setting up of an Apostolic Prefecture for the territories of Pampa and Patagonia to refer those who belonged to no institution either ecclesiastical or civil.

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Arthur Lenti – The founding and early expansion of the salesian work in the San Francisco area from Archival Documents, Part II

As in the earlier article, so also in the present one, besides transcribing and translating pertinent archival documents (chiefly letters), I will try to provide an essential historical framework designed to make the sequence intelligible.

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Juan Edmundo Vecchi – Centennial celebration of the salesian presence in the United States of America. Homily in San Francisco, February 2, 1997

For the beginning of our centennial celebration we are gathered together here as a family in the place where the Salesians established their first presence in the United States of America. When we compare our present- day situation with that at the moment of our arrival we find much for which we must be grateful to God.

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Arthur Lenti – The founding and early expansion of the salesian work in the San Francisco area from Archival Documents

Recently the Central Salesian Archives released the files of the Rua rectorate on some 1,750 microfiches. This boon has made archival research in that rectorate possible even for students residing away from the Central Archives.

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Joseph Boenzi – St. Francis de Sales, bibliography of publications in English

Over the last number of years “Salesian Spirituality,” first articulated by Francis de Sales and Jane Frances de Chantal, has attracted renewed interest in English-speaking countries.

Theirs has been called a “spirituality of the heart,” and their prayer style has been dubbed intuitive, simple, spacious but unified and holistic.

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