William John Dickson – Prevention or repression. The reception of Don Bosco’s educational approach in british salesian schools

The question that this paper seeks to explore is to what extent Don Bosco’s educational approach was received and accepted in England and to what extent it was itself modified in the process of meeting a new and alien culture. Part of the debate involves the English perception that some aspects of Don Bosco’s Preventive System to the eyes of some foreign Salesians the existence of corporal punishment in Salesian schools was a direct contradiction of Don Bosco’s approach to education. In order to understand this cultural incomprehension, this essay looks at the nature of the English educational context in Victorian England. It will highlight one particular issue where the Salesian approach to education was significantly modified by its experience in England i.e. how corporal punishment came to be incorporated into the practice in the English Salesian schools.

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David O’Malley – The youth minister as mystic and martyr. Recognizing and supporting religious experience in young people

The study of religious experience and young people is a relatively new field of research. It is important to recognize at the outset that it offers a different entry point into the spiritual lives of young people. It contrasts markedly from the approaches proposed by the cognitive studies of faith development based on Piaget’s work in the last century. Continue reading “David O’Malley – The youth minister as mystic and martyr. Recognizing and supporting religious experience in young people”

Mary Greenan – Accompanying the young: the souls our hearts seek

The story is told of a young novice in the desert who went to the elder, the holy man of God, and said, “Father, according as I am able, I keep my little Rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and, according as I am able, I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts. Now, what more should I do?” The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire. Continue reading “Mary Greenan – Accompanying the young: the souls our hearts seek”

Arthur Lenti – Don Bosco’s Oratories in 1849-1852. Conflict, Crisis and Resolution

Don Bosco’s Oratory of St. Francis de Sales after much “wandering” found its permanent home at last in 1846, in an isolated house and property located in the district of Valdocco, on the northern fringe of the city of Turin. Once settled in that little house, Don Bosco established there a home to shelter the most destitute among the lads attending the oratory (1847). Continue reading “Arthur Lenti – Don Bosco’s Oratories in 1849-1852. Conflict, Crisis and Resolution”

Joseph Di Mauro – School Leadership Formation in the Salesian Tradition

The goal of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales is expressed in the first paragraph of the Constitutions which reads: “Their wholehearted endeavor will be to sanctify themselves, in order to aid more efficaciously the sanctification of their neighbor, through the different functions of the sacred ministry, the Christian education of youth, and missions in foreign lands” (Dufour, 1933/1994, p. 53). Continue reading “Joseph Di Mauro – School Leadership Formation in the Salesian Tradition”

Francis J. Moloney – Jesus and Salesian Discipleship

I have been given the mandate to speak to you today on the theme: “How the Word of God shapes our community and our mission today.” I was not sure how to handle this very large question in a couple of talks and a discussion session. Biblical themes abound. But in the end, I thought that the best way to reflect on the way the word of God shapes our community and mission today was to reflect upon “the Word of God.” Continue reading “Francis J. Moloney – Jesus and Salesian Discipleship”

Joseph Boenzi – Paolo Albera’s instructions early efforts to inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco

Among Saint John Bosco’s early disciples, Paolo Albera (1845-1921) was one who was called upon to articulate and defend the founder’s spirit. Even as a youth, he had been numbered among Don Bosco’s most beloved. He served in a variety of leadership positions from his teenage years until his election as rector major in 1910. Perhaps his most significant role before becoming superior general was that of spiritual director general of the Salesian Society, a post he held from 1892 until 1910. Continue reading “Joseph Boenzi – Paolo Albera’s instructions early efforts to inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco”

Arthur Lenti – Margaret Occhiena Bosco (1788-1856). Don Bosco’s Mother, Educator and Vocational Support

Who was Margaret Occhiena Bosco? What do we know about her, and how? Don Bosco’s biographer, Fr. John Baptist Lemoyne, and ultimately Don Bosco, are our chief sources. The Biographical Memoirs contain abundant biographical material pertaining to Don Bosco’s mother. Volume I in particular, especially in its first part (Chapters 2-25), gives much more space to Margaret (affectionately known as Mamma Margaret) than it does to John. Where did Lemoyne get the information? Father Lemoyne had not known Mamma Margaret personally. She had lived at the Oratory from 1846 until her death in 1856, and Lemoyne had joined Don Bosco only in 1864, 8 years after Mamma Margaret’s death. However, passionately engaged as he was in collecting and recording everything that had to do with Don Bosco and his work, he was eager to gather information also on Don Bosco’s mother. Continue reading “Arthur Lenti – Margaret Occhiena Bosco (1788-1856). Don Bosco’s Mother, Educator and Vocational Support”

Kaoru Tamura – Something about Mary. Reflections on Don Bosco, mother Mazzarello and the development of the “Spirit of Mornese”

Mary Mazzarello had not seen Don Bosco until October of 1864, when he visited Mornese. In fact, it was not until 1871, some seven years later, that she came under the direct authority of the Founder, when the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians was founded. However, she seems to have been well prepared for her work with Don Bosco and the Salesians, both in her philosophical formation and her life experiences. Continue reading “Kaoru Tamura – Something about Mary. Reflections on Don Bosco, mother Mazzarello and the development of the “Spirit of Mornese””

Autori Vari – Il Sistema Educativo di Don Bosco tra pedagogia antica e nuova. Atti del Convegno Europeo Salesiano sul sistema educativo di Don Bosco

Il nostro convegno sarà destinato, precisamente, non alla ricerca scientifica pura o alla celebrazione commemorativa, ma a una riflessione vitale e impegnativa sulla attuale efficacia educativa e pastorale del sistema

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Paolo Natali – La Famiglia Salesiana di don Bosco oggi

La Famiglia Salesiana è una realtà diffusa ovunque. I capitoli ispettoriali in preparazione del capitolo generale speciale hanno chiesto una riscoperta delle intenzioni di don Bosco a proposito delle istituzioni da lui fondate: Salesiani, Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice, Cooperatori, nella loro organica unità. Lungo i decenni, inoltre, sono sorte altre congregazioni fondate da salesiani e l’istituto secolare delle Volontarie di don Bosco. Quali sono i gruppi che appartengono alla Famiglia Salesiana? Quali sono i modi, i mezzi e le conseguenze della complementarità di questi gruppi? Qual è il criterio di appartenenza? Continue reading “Paolo Natali – La Famiglia Salesiana di don Bosco oggi”

Joseph Aubry – Lo spirito salesiano. Stile di preghiera

L’articolo mette in rilievo l’aspetto più profondo e decisivo dello “spirito salesiano”, cioè la sua dimensione verticale, che ispira lo stile di preghiera del Salesiano, la sua relazione con Dio, la sua “spiritualità”, il suo modo di contemplare Dio, di tenersi davanti a Lui e di trattare con Lui. Continue reading “Joseph Aubry – Lo spirito salesiano. Stile di preghiera”

Pietro Braido – La missione salesiana oggi

L’autore offre un contributo per l’individuazione della missione salesiana nell’oggi (1973) e delle sue modalità di espressione. Che cosa è chiamata a fare la Famiglia Salesiana, con urgenza, nella Chiesa e nel mondo di oggi? Per individuare questo obiettivo, oltre ai principi offerti dalla teologia, è necessaria un’ampia collaborazione operativa e teorica interdisciplinare.

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Pietro Stella – Don Bosco e le trasformazioni sociali e religiose del suo tempo

Esiste una profonda differenza tra il modo di vedere nostro e quello di quanti studiavano D. Bosco anni or sono. Attorno agli anni ’50 ancora si discuteva sul grande punto: fu D. Bosco un pedagogista o fu soltanto un educatore? fu un teorico o fu soltanto un pratico? Oggi la realtà è diversa. titolo di saggio vorrei proporre oggi alcuni interrogativi: 1) che cosa significò D. Bosco nella geografia umana in movimento del suo tempo? 2) che cosa significò in una storia di trasformazioni sociali? 3) quale funzione ebbe nelle grandi trasformazioni spirituali (o, se si vuole, religiose e culturali)? Continue reading “Pietro Stella – Don Bosco e le trasformazioni sociali e religiose del suo tempo”

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