Pascual Chavez Villanueva – “Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16,9). Presentation of the Northern European Region

Contents:

  • 1. “Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16,9)
  • 2. Beginnings of Salesian work in the Northern European Region
    • 2.1 Great Britain, Ireland-Malta, Holland and Northern Belgium

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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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Juan Edmundo Vecchi – Centennial celebration of the salesian presence in the United States of America. Homily in San Francisco, February 2, 1997

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.

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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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Carlo Loots,Colette Schaumont – La formazione dei collaboratori laici.

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.

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