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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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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Michael Ribotta – Discovering America: Father Raphael Pipemi and the first salesian missionaries in North America

A young Italian immigrant, Angelo Petazzi, watched anxiously as the English steamship, the Werra, approached New York harbor. Clutched in his hand was a letter from the then Salesian superior general, Father Michael Rua, which informed him of the impending arrival of a group of four Salesians in New York. At their head was Father Raphael Piperni.

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