John Rasor – The salesian brother’s spiritual identity

This study will look at how the Salesian brother’s vocation appears in official Salesian writings while Don Bosco was founding the Salesian Congregation, and at how the Congregation has theologically reflected on that vocation as part of its renewal of its Constitutions. It will then examine how this identity has been applied.

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Giovanni Bosco – Deliberations of the last General Chapters Don Bosco presided over (1883-1886)

Amongst the documents drawn up by the third (1883) and fourth (1886) General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation – which the founder also took part in – of particular merit is the new Regulations for the festive oratories and deliberations regarding Orientations for the working boys in Salesian houses. The two documents were published, as already recorded, in 1887.

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Joseph Boenzi – Chastity in the salesian constitutions

In a letter dated May 24, 1966, Fr. Luigi Ricceri (1901-1989), then Rector Major of the Salesian Society, introduced a new edition of the Constitutions to his confreres. Nearly one year had elapsed since the close of the nineteenth general chapter of the Salesian Society, and six months had passed since the close of Vatican II In this context, Fr. Ricceri introduced the constitutions which carried a number of changes that were to usher the Society toward its twentieth general chapter.

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John Rasor – Early salesian regulations: formation in the Preventive System

The first part of this study, however, will examine that other body of Salesian particular law, the Regulations. It will trace their development from their earliest beginnings around 1850, the era of Father Rosmini’s and Father De Guadenzi’s Sunday afternoon visit, up to 1967.

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Pietro Stella – Le Costituzioni salesiane fino al 1888

Don Bosco aveva cominciato la sua attività di sacerdote educatore perché a Torino si era imbattuto nel problema dei giovani socialmente sradicati e sbandati. Il ’48 fu una data decisiva per Don Bosco, così come per l’intero Piemonte. Molti giovani disertarono l’oratorio e vari preti, già collaboratori di Don Bosco, s’adoperarono per sfaldare il gruppo rimasto fedele. Le contromisure di Don Bosco si possono così riassumere: 1) ricorso a mons. Fransoni, con il risultato di farsi nominare direttore degli oratori torinesi; 2) costituzione di una società (Congregazione) sotto il titolo e protezione dell’Angelo Custode e con lo scopo d’istruire nella religione e nella pietà la gioventù abbandonata; 3) consolidamento della propria autorevolezza proponendosi all’attenzione della Santa Sede; Continue reading “Pietro Stella – Le Costituzioni salesiane fino al 1888”

Arthur Lenti – Key-concepts, concerns and fears of a Founder-Don Bosco in his declining years Part II

In an article which appeared in an earlier issue of this Journal, I described some of Don Bosco’s concerns, as he expressed them in meetings of his council and in sessions of General Chapters held during the last decade of his life.

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Arthur Lenti – Key-concepts, concerns and fears of a founder- Don Bosco in his declining years

My article on Don Bosco’s last years, which saw the light of day in this Journal, was based on chronicles and memoirs held in the Central Salesian Archive. Besides these chronicles and memoirs, there are other important documents to be found in the archive relating to Don Bosco’s last years.

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Paolo Albera – Convocazione del Capitolo Generale XII – La revisione delle Costituzioni – Il terzo Centenario della morte di S. Francesco di Sales

In questa lettera, il Rettor Maggiore Paolo Albera scrive a riguardo della convocazione del Capitolo Generale, del terzo centenario della morte di San Francesco di Sales, della revisione delle Costituzioni.

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Michele Rua – Resoconto del VII Capitolo Generale. Disposizioni varie.

Il Rettor Maggiore annuncia il Resoconto del settimo Capitolo Generale, che si tenne nell’autunno scorso, con le deliberazioni che vi si presero. Ci volle un po’ di tempo per ordinare gli articoli e per prepararne la stampa; ma ora sono radunate e coordinate le cose che allora si stabilirono, ed ai Direttori parrà di trovarsi di nuovo qualche momento insieme con gli altri Superiori, attorno alla cara tomba di D. Bosco a Valsalice, a discutere quelle cose che si reputavano riuscire a maggior gloria di Dio ed a bene della Congregazione. Continue reading “Michele Rua – Resoconto del VII Capitolo Generale. Disposizioni varie.”

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