Juan Edmundo Vecchi – Letter to the Don Bosco Volunteers, to the Salesians and all groups of the Salesian Family. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Institute

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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