Giovanni Bosco – Beginning, extension and charismatic and institutional consolidation of the work at Valdocco

Don Bosco, at the advice of his spiritual director, St Joseph Cafasso from autumn 1844 to summer 1846 lived at the Barolo Refuge as chaplain of the Little Hospital of St Philomena, opened in August 1845. In the same place and in other temporary places not far from Valdocco, he carried out his early priestly ministry on behalf of boys, mostly immigrant lads who had no parish of reference. On the vigil of his move to the Pinardi house, he drew up for the civil authorities of the city of Turin, who were responsible for and concerned about public order, a very brief account of his three years of catechetical activity, indicating the aims and results he had achieved that were positive both for civil society and the Church (no. 1).

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Paul Formosa – Historical sketch of the oratory of Don Bosco in Malta

In this article, I will attempt to trace how Don Bosco’s original experience was translated in such a way that his work could be established in Malta – an island country in the Mediterranean with a distinct tradition and culture from that in which the Salesian story first began and developed in Turin, Italy. I will place special emphasis on the Salesian Oratory, Sliema.

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Michele Rua – Studio della Teologia.

Michele Rua, nell’adunanza in Oratorio il 23 ottobre 1889, espone che vennero rivelati due difetti abbastanza importanti; la deficienza di piena intelligenza e mancanza di esposizione sufficientemente sicura e precisa.
Il nuovo Rettor Maggiore poi dichiara anche cosa fu deliberato: “Si facciano regolarmente in ciascuna Casa le cinque ore di scuola alla settimana, stabilite dalle Deliberazioni Capitolari ed in esse s’interroghi frequentemente e si faccia recitare per turno. 

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Bruno Bordignon – Don Bosco e l’Oratorio. Dalla redazione dei manoscritti del primo regolamento dell’Oratorio di Valdocco

Il primo regolamento dell’Oratorio di Valdocco è stato scritto interamente di propria mano da don Bosco nel 1854. I due manoscritti, che lo contengono, documentano la sua modalità di esposizione della visione dell’Oratorio.

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