Michael Mendl – “The zeal of the salesians is just the thing”. Founding of the salesian work in New York

Over one hundred years ago, on November 28, 1898, three Salesians arrived in New York to initiate a Salesian apostolate among the Italian immigrants of that metropolis. In March of the previous year four of their confreres had undertaken a similar mission in San Francisco.

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Dicasterio para la Pastoral Juvenil Salesiana – Habitar la vida y la cultura de los jovenes de hoy

El primer capítulo tiene carácter inspirador. La pastoral viene considerada desde una perspectiva optimista de la realidad juvenil, abierta a todas las expectativas de los jóvenes, aún las ocultas e inconscientes. Solo habitando su mundo se pueden apreciar realmente sus posibilidades. Abandonando una pastoral encerrada en sí misma, abrimos la mirada con esperanza a la óptica del más débil y del que está en mayor riesgo.

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Elsa Victoria Gonzalez,Liliana Edith Delgado,Torrens Vicente Martínez – El museo salesiano de Fortín Mercedes – Argentina

La prima parte della nota si sofferma sull’origine militare del Forte, sulla storia di quello che sarebbe diventato il santuario di Maria Ausiliatrice e sullo sviluppo dell’opera salesiana locale, compresa la fondazione del “Museo Regional y Misionero D. José Luro”, che darà poi origine all’attuale Museo, recentemente voluto e inaugurato dal Rettor Maggiore, don Juan Edmundo Vecchi, figlio della Patagonia e ex allievo della stessa casa di Fortín Mercedes. La seconda parte presenta il Museo stesso nella sua progettazione ideale, nella realtà delle sale espositive e dei materiali in esse conservati, nelle opportunità continuamente offerte ai visitatori.

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Antonio Ferreira da Silva – Patagonia: I- Realtà e mito nell’azione missionaria salesiana – Il vicariato apostolico della Patagonia Settentrionale

Dalla corrispondenza di mons. Cagliero, mons. Lasagna, don Vespignani e altri, si costata una voglia di autonomia dalle curie diocesane riguardo sia alla vita delle comunità religiose che al loro apostolato. Non solo le esperienze avute a Montevideo, a San Paolo del Brasile, a Cuiabá, a La Plata, ad Ancud generavano un tale sentimento; provenienti essi da Valdocco, portavano inciso nell’animo il ricordo dei difficili rapporti tra don Bosco e la curia torinese. Continue reading “Antonio Ferreira da Silva – Patagonia: I- Realtà e mito nell’azione missionaria salesiana – Il vicariato apostolico della Patagonia Settentrionale”

Giovanni Bosco – A missionary project in rapid development

What were Don Bosco’s missionary plans for Argentina once he had set foot in that land? With the information in his possession thanks to research by Fr Giulio Barberis, and to correspondence with local authorities and Salesian missionaries, six months after the first expedition Don Bosco was able to send the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide, Cardinal Alessandro Franchi, a first report on the immediate results of the work of Salesian missionaries in Argentina (no. 98). He asked for financial aid and the setting up of an Apostolic Prefecture for the territories of Pampa and Patagonia to refer those who belonged to no institution either ecclesiastical or civil.

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Dominic Veliath – Encounter of the salesian charism. South Asian context

The theme of this reflection, entitled: “Encounter of the Salesian Charism: South Asian Context, is self-explanatory. Drawing out its implications, the topic can be articulated in three focal points, implied in the very title, that is, “Salesian charism,” “South Asia,” and finally, the issue of the “Encounter…”.

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Arthur Lenti – Community and mission. Spiritual insights and salesian religious life in Don Bosco’s Constitutions

The present article is not concerned with the new constitutions. No comparative study will be attempted, nor any reference will be made to them. This would be carrying coal to Newcastle. I shall instead attempt simply to identify and briefly discuss some of the spiritual insights and principles for religious life and action which Don Bosco embodied in his constitutions.

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Arthur Lenti – Saint with a human face: Don Bosco in Father Giulio Barberis original chronicle

The Central Salesian Archive contains numerous eyewitness reports of Don Bosco’s words and deeds, particularly in the form of chronicles and memoirs. I drew heavily on these documents for previous articles which saw the light of day in the pages of this Journal. I shall do the same for the present article.

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