Giovanni Bosco – Societas Sancti Francisci Salesii

In questo scritto, Giovanni Bosco ripercorre l’origine e il fine della Società di San Francesco di Sales, esponendone l’organizzazione, i voti da fare, il regime di vita da seguire, le modalità di elezione del Rettor Maggiore e degli altri superiori e, infine, la costruzione delle case e le modalità di accettazione dei giovani che vi facevano domanda.

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José Manuel Prellezo – Valdocco nell’Ottocento tra reale e ideale (1866-1889). Documenti e testimonianze

La strada per prendere contatto con la «realtà viva» della prima istituzione assistenziale-educativa iniziata da Don Bosco a Valdocco passa necessariamente attraverso gli scritti e le testimonianze dei suoi primi e più stretti collaboratori. Continue reading “José Manuel Prellezo – Valdocco nell’Ottocento tra reale e ideale (1866-1889). Documenti e testimonianze”

Domenico Tomatis – Epistolario (1874-1903). Edición crítica, introducción y notas por Jesus Borrego

«A la historia de las misiones salesianas […] faltan capítulos importantes por escribir, aún de los diez miembros que protagonizaron la expedición pionera. Pese al siglo transcurrido se tiene una idea parcial de aquella empresa […] y de sus protagonistas, cuyo elenco recoge una exigua lista –Cagliero, Fagnano[…] – de algunos nombres señeros […]. Continue reading “Domenico Tomatis – Epistolario (1874-1903). Edición crítica, introducción y notas por Jesus Borrego”

Francesco Bodrato – Epistolario ([1857]-1880). Edición crítica, introducción y notas por Jesus Borrego

El Epistolario de don Francesco Bodratto  abre el apartado « ediciones críticas » de la sección-misiones del Instituto Histórico Salesiano. Ha sido una opción querida. Aún reconociendo que tal primacía correspondería a otros salesianos más representativos que él en el alborear misionero —card. Cagliero, mons. Lasagna, mons. Costamagna, mons. Fagnano… —, sin embargo el escaso lustro transcurrido por don Bodratto en tierra argentina — fácilmente abarcable — y la coyuntura histórica en el que lo transcurre, le otorgan el honor de abrir brecha en la publicación de fuentes misioneras. Continue reading “Francesco Bodrato – Epistolario ([1857]-1880). Edición crítica, introducción y notas por Jesus Borrego”

Alejandro Saavedra – “Don Rua y el Perú”, in “Don Michele Rua primo successore di Don Bosco. Tratti di personalità, governo e opere (1888-1910)”.

La incisiva y determinante incidencia de Don Rua en el Perú es fundamental para poder comprender hasta ahora la presencia actual de lo salesianos en la tierra de los incas. Esta constatación emerge del análisis detallado que he podido realizar de las cartas del primer sucesor de Don Bosco con diferentes salesianos y algunos seglares. Continue reading “Alejandro Saavedra – “Don Rua y el Perú”, in “Don Michele Rua primo successore di Don Bosco. Tratti di personalità, governo e opere (1888-1910)”.”

Pier Giorgio Gianazza – “Don Rua e la fondazione salesiana di Alessandria d’Egitto”, in “Don Michele Rua primo successore di Don Bosco. Tratti di personalità, governo e opere (1888-1910)”.

Presentiamo in sintesi gli ultimi sviluppi della casa di Alessandria, fino alla seconda visita di don Rua nel 1908, a soli due anni prima della sua morte. I primi 65 allievi (33 studenti e 32 artigiani) del primo anno scolastico 1897-98 andranno crescendo di anno in anno, fino ad
arrivare ai 1.200 di oggi. Nel 1907 si iniziò finalmente anche l’oratorio festivo, che ha sempre prosperato fino ad oggi. Continue reading “Pier Giorgio Gianazza – “Don Rua e la fondazione salesiana di Alessandria d’Egitto”, in “Don Michele Rua primo successore di Don Bosco. Tratti di personalità, governo e opere (1888-1910)”.”

John Dickson – “L’influsso di don Rua sull’Ispettoria inglese emergente dalle lettere ai salesiani”, in “Don Michele Rua primo successore di Don Bosco. Tratti di personalità, governo e opere (1888-1910)”.

In tutta la sua corrispondenza don Rua manifesta una preoccupazione profonda per ogni persona e una cura pastorale per ognuno. Per lui, le strutture altamente  centralizzate del governo che hanno caratterizzato la Società Salesiana sin dalla sua fondazione non intralciano, ma al contrario promuovono la crescita della fiducia e lo sviluppo sia del singolo che della comunità locale. Continue reading “John Dickson – “L’influsso di don Rua sull’Ispettoria inglese emergente dalle lettere ai salesiani”, in “Don Michele Rua primo successore di Don Bosco. Tratti di personalità, governo e opere (1888-1910)”.”

Michael Chang – “A concise history of the salesian corean missions” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.

Don Bosco was a man who dreamed dreams. His dreams became reality and are still becoming reality. A lot of people think that he had a dream that is connected with the Korean province. The dream concerns the evangelization of Northeast Asia. If we look at the historical records that we have in our possession, the first Salesian confrere to set foot on Korean soil was the “Don Bosco of the East”, the Eastern Interpretation of Don Bosco’s Preventive System, the Venerable, Fr. Vincenzo Cimatti. ln 1934, he went to Manchuria to give a concert. At the same time he visited Korea, giving a concert in four cities. After that Fr. Cimatti himself as Provincial began to form missionaries in Japan to send to Korea. The first Salesians to enter Korea were the fruits of these endeavors. Continue reading “Michael Chang – “A concise history of the salesian corean missions” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.”

John Nguyen Van Ty – “The beginning of the salesian work in Vietnam: the patriarchal story and exodus” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.

Up to the present day, officially the Salesians of Vietnam has had a history of over 52 years. A history that is long, as well as epic and fruitful enough to draw admiration from many, as well as attention of those who are interested in Salesian history, as we are here in these days. Unluckily, because of the social and political turmoil of the country, most of the documents had been destroyed or lost, which certainly renders the writing down this history become a very challenging task. it is my task to present to you a short historical account of the first period of this glorious history. The beginning of the Salesian Work in Vetnam, of which, in using biblical expression, I would dare to give a subtitle: The Patriarchal story and the Exodus. The account that my presentation is dealing with covers a time-span of about 25 years, roughly from 1930 to 1955. Continue reading “John Nguyen Van Ty – “The beginning of the salesian work in Vietnam: the patriarchal story and exodus” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.”

Nestor Impelido – “Salesians in the Philippines (1949-1963): historical notes” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.

The aim of the Seminar is to present the beginnings of the Salesian Presence in East Asia and Oceania. The Philippines, as part of this Salesian Region, has also its beginnings and origins from the first Salesian Presence in East Asia: China. For in the two times that the Salesians started to root themselves in the Philippines, they came from China to negotiate and to concretise what they negotiated. Continue reading “Nestor Impelido – “Salesians in the Philippines (1949-1963): historical notes” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.”

Amador Anjos – “The first salesians in east Timor: 1927-1929” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.

The purpose of this work is to show the process of the first presence of the Salesians in East Timor, between 1927 and 1929. It is a meteoric presence for it did not last two whole years and it is also intriguing due to questions that rose. In fact, how is it possible that the Salesians decided to abandon the Island shortly after a year and a half, when the Salesians had accepted the administration of a school of arts and crafts existing already in Dili (capital of the territory) – after having celebrated a contract with the Bishop of Macau, Josè da Costa Nunes, for a sexennium – what important reasons led the Major Superiors to take such a decision before the bilateral contract celebrated in January 1927 come to an end? Continue reading “Amador Anjos – “The first salesians in east Timor: 1927-1929” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.”

Enrico Danieli – “The initium of the salesian presence in Thailand” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.

In the years 1924-25, the Salesian Congregation was preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Salesian missions and to this purpose some qualified confreres were giving talks on Salesian Missions, in parishes, schools, to cooperators and alumni to animate them about the missionary work and to get their support. On the 25h of February 1924,Msgr. Dante Munerati, the Salesian Procurator in Rome, wrote a letter to inform the Superiors in Turin that he had received an unofficial note from His Excellency Cardinal Van Rossum, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide, saying that he would like to entrust a new mission in the Kingdom of Siam to the Salesians. Continue reading “Enrico Danieli – “The initium of the salesian presence in Thailand” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.”

Gaetano Compri – “The beginning and the development of the salesian work in Japan” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.

To write this paper, I used a great part of the materials gathered by the deceased Fr. Alfonso Crevacore in the “Cimatti Museum” of Tokyo (CMT), situated in the Salesian Seminary of Chofu. It deals specially with the mail correspondence. The originals are found according to the container, or in the Vatican Archives, or in the Central Salesian Archives of Rome (ASC) or in the archive of the China Province in Hong Kong or in the said Cimatti Museum. Fr. Mario Rassiga’s manuscript “Breve cenno storico dell’opera salesiana in Cina” (vol. II, chapter XCIX, pp. 125-136), which reported the correspondence between the Holy See and the Superiors in Turin before the foundation of the Salesian work in Japan. One should note that the actual Japanese Province, up to I January 1928, was part of the Visitatoria of China, of which the superior was Fr. Ignazio Canazei. Continue reading “Gaetano Compri – “The beginning and the development of the salesian work in Japan” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.”

Carlo Socol – “The birth of the China province and the expansion of the salesian work in east Asia (1926-1927)” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.

The China Mission, which started in 1906, was established as an autonomous entity on 1 January 1923, when the Visitatoria della China was erected, comprising 32 confreres and houses and works in Macao, Heung Shan and Shiu Chow. As new missions in Japan and Siam were being accepted or considered, the Sino-Japanese Province was erected on 28 May 1926. In December of that same year Fr. Pietro Ricaldone set out on a year-long extraordinary visitation of the Asian Missions.By the time the visitation ended in late 1927, there was a Salesian regional presence and a well established juridical structure in East Asia.

This brief paper intends to outline the juridical configuration and development strategies of the Salesian work in China and study the internal and external conditions that influenced its first expansion, in the years 1926-1927, in East Asia. Continue reading “Carlo Socol – “The birth of the China province and the expansion of the salesian work in east Asia (1926-1927)” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.”

Leong Domingos – “The political situation in China in 1920-30 and its effects on salesians” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.

This article would like to present a general view of the political situation of China in the period of 1920-30. Even though China has succeeded in establishing a republic through the revolution, she was still suffering from the civil wars and foreign powers invasion. It greatly affected the daily life of the people, and also, giving a great hindrance for Salesians, along with other missionaries, in their evangelization and educational endeavors. Continue reading “Leong Domingos – “The political situation in China in 1920-30 and its effects on salesians” in “The beginning of the Salesian presence in east Asia”.”

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