- The World Congress of Salesian Cooperators
- The Seminar “Europe Mission Territory”
- The Assembly of the Union of Superiors General
Joseph Boenzi writes of the many times that the figure of St. Francis de Sales enters into the life and ministry of Don Bosco. The final word may never be written on why Don Bosco chose Francis de Sales as the patron of his Congregation but What is Salesian in Don Bosco? throws light on the subject.
The first text (no. 272) included here is an extract from a long conference which Don Bosco gave at the opening of the Patronage de St Pierre in Nice, on 12 March 1877. After summing up the events which led to the founding of the first Salesian House in France, thanks to the involvement of a group of lay people belonging to the St Vincent de Paul Society, supported by Bishop Pietro Sola, the saint said that the work was only set up because of the fruitful cooperation between the Salesians and the Cooperators. Then, pointing out the principal purpose of the Institution (“the good of humanity and the salvation of souls”), he concluded with the reflection that we offer here, focused entirely on practical charity, works of mercy, essential features of true Christian discipleship and on the eternal reward that comes from it (cf. Mt 25:34-35).
The Salesian Cooperators association, which came into being in 1876, just two years after the approval of the Constitutions of the Salesian Society, is the last group that Don Bosco founded. As with ADMA he did not ask the Holy See for formal, canonical approval of the association; he considered it sufficient for the aims of the Salesian Cooperators Association to gain moral recognition through the granting of indulgences by the Pope and favourable recommendation by some bishops.
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.
Thus the approval of the Salesian Constitutions in April 1874 was followed by a second and more bitterly fought phase of the conflict.
Eugenio Valentini, SDB, in his “Presentazione” to the Fourth Volume of the Epistolario de S. Giovanni Bosco, states, that the letters of Don Bosco are not letters of ideas but of matters both spiritual and temporal.
In questa lettera, il Rettor Maggiore Paolo Albera scrive a riguardo delle attività degli ex-allievi e dei cooperatori salesiani e delle preghiere da rivolgere a Maria.
La teologa e antropologa Anna Meiser, docente presso l’Istituto di Etnologia dell’Università «Albert Ludwig» a Friburgo, ha illustrato lo stile di presenza e di azione evangelizzatrice di Yánkuam’ tra gli Achuar.