Pascual Chavez Villanueva – “Successor of Don Bosco: son, disciple, apostle”. The human and spiritual profile of blessed Michael Rua. On the hundredth anniversary of his death

Contents:

  • 1. Don Rua “the most faithful son of Don Bosco”
    • The six mysterious word which keep coming back
    • Two urgent matters: one for Don Bosco and the other for Michael

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Pascual Chavez Villanueva – «He summoned those He wanted and they came to Him» (Mk 3,13). On the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Salesian Congregation

Giovanna Martino – L’insegnamento del latino come mezzo di trasmissione dei valori della humanitas nella Congregazione salesiana delle origini: il caso di Giovan Battista Francesia (1838- 1930) e di Giovan Battista Tamietti (1848-1920)

Il contributo illustra l’importanza dello studio del Latino, sin dall’età giovanile dell’individuo, in quanto veicolo di apprendimento di categorie inerenti la lingua e il pensiero quali sono state tramandate dai suoi parlanti, non solo dall’età classica e medioevale, ma anche in tempi moderni, perché il Latino costituisce ancora in parte la lingua della poesia e della scienza. Ad intuire lo straordinario potere educativo del Sermo Latinus, nonché della lettura dei testi classici e cristiani a noi pervenuti, fu proprio Don Giovanni Bosco, il quale insieme con Don Francesia diede vita a un’importante iniziativa editoriale per gli studenti, la collana di classici Selecta ex Latinis scriptoribus in usus scholarum. Continue reading “Giovanna Martino – L’insegnamento del latino come mezzo di trasmissione dei valori della humanitas nella Congregazione salesiana delle origini: il caso di Giovan Battista Francesia (1838- 1930) e di Giovan Battista Tamietti (1848-1920)”

John Dickson – An introduction to Don Rua’s letters to England

Michael Rua (1837-1910) was a pupil, then the lifetime collaborator and finally, the first successor of St. John Bosco as Rector Major of the Salesian Society (1888-1910). During his Rectorate the Salesians grew from 1030 members in 64 houses to 4420 confreres scattered across the globe. Don Rua’s letters to England offer the reader a glimpse of the character of their writer and of the pastoral care he took of a small group of relatively insignificant Salesians in what was very often the inhospitable atmosphere of the British empire at the height of its power.

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Arthur Lenti – The founding and early expansion of the salesian work in the San Francisco area from Archival Documents, Part II

As in the earlier article, so also in the present one, besides transcribing and translating pertinent archival documents (chiefly letters), I will try to provide an essential historical framework designed to make the sequence intelligible.

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Arthur Lenti – The founding and early expansion of the salesian work in the San Francisco area from Archival Documents

Recently the Central Salesian Archives released the files of the Rua rectorate on some 1,750 microfiches. This boon has made archival research in that rectorate possible even for students residing away from the Central Archives.

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