- 1. STRUCTURE AND HISTORY OF THE REGION
- Andean Zone
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.
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.
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.
In Part One of the present installment (Part Four overall), we shall discuss the last two dreams in a similar manner to the first article. Part Two (Five) will deal with the significance of the missionary dreams, with interpretative comments.
The reader may be surprised to learn that at the first canonical assembly of Salesians, Don Bosco was equating fidelity to our Society with the broad road of “Salesianity” mapped out in such a human and holy way by Saint Francis of Sales himself.
During the years following the late nineteenth and early twentieth century the Italian immigrant made his way, educated his children, and contributed his many talents to the great melting pot, not only in New York City, but in the whole of the United States.
La fondazione della Società Salesiana risale al 18 dicembre dell’anno 1859: “Allo scopo e nell’intento di promuovere e conservare lo spirito di vera carità che richiedesi nell’opera degli Oratorii per la gioventù abbandonata e pericolante” i membri si associano “avendo di mira il vicendevole aiuto per la santificazione propria, si propongono di promuovere la gloria di Dio e la salute delle anime, specialmente delle più bisognose d’istruzione e di educazione” Il fondamento e la finalità della collaborazione tra salesiani e laici è la cura (dell’anima) del giovane.