- 1. Holiness, a permanent part of our family heritage
- 1.1. Following Don Bosco
- 1.2. Our sanctification
In September 2015, when a big group of refugees came to Austria, Salesians Don Bosco have started a new project, with the goal to oﬀer German courses, the counseling and the recreation oﬀer for the young refugees. For that purpose, it was necessary to gather a big number of volunteers in a short period of time. This project “Don Bosco for Refugees” counts today (June 2018) 50 Volunteers that come one or more times a week and about 50 young refugees come to the German courses. Continue reading “Lana Ivanjek – Motivation of volunteers working with the young refugees in the salesian”
Fr. Michael Mendl, in his research has discovered “a long missing letter” that states Don Bosco’s refusal to send Salesians to New York in 1848. This letter completes Michael Mendl ‘s article in the Journal on founding Salesian work in New York. (Vol. XI, No. I, Spring 2000).
Charles N. Bransom, Jr. has graciously offered his study of Salesian Bishops for our publication. This study of 196 Salesian bishops stands as a historical record of Salesian presence in the hierarchical Church.
As an introduction to the first Italian edition of the Salesian Constitutions, published in 1875, Don Bosco wrote a wide-ranging letter To the Salesians, to guide them in interpreting the rules and to infuse in them a correct idea of religious life. He later refined and extended it with the help of the master of novices, Fr Barberis, for the third Italian edition of the Constitutions (1885). It is a relevant document from a spiritual point of view. “One can think of it as a brief summary, the most complete one, of what could be called Don Bosco’s theology of religious life. Ideas flow together in it which had matured in him little by little, beginning from when he wrote the history of the Church and the Popes, then as he drew up the Constitutions and documents written to gain approval, further enriched by local and general conferences, instructions given at retreats in the late 1860s and early 1870s, and expressed in individual letters and circulars and in private advice.”
On April 3, 1874, Pope Pius IX definitively approved the Constitutions of the Society of St Francis de Sales and on the following April 13 the competent Congregation of Bishops and Regulars promulgated the relevant decree.
Chi un giorno vorrà cimentarsi nella ricostruzione storica dei percorsi di attuazione del Concilio Vaticano II da parte della Famiglia Salesiana, si troverà ad analizzare una varietà di eventi e realizzazioni, coordinati dall’alto o promananti dalla base, che testimoniano l’entusiasmo, la cordiale apertura e il grande fervore operativo del postconcilio. Il rinnovamento conciliare era atteso e desiderato. I frutti più evidenti sono stati, innanzitutto, l’impegno di aggiornamento della vita religiosa e della specifica missione – sulla duplice linea del ritorno alle fonti, in fedeltà allo spirito del Vangelo e all’intenzione del Fondatore – e dell’adattamento alle mutate condizioni dei tempi, nella sensibilità alle indicazioni di rinnovamento della Chiesa e agli appelli del mondo e dei giovani (PC 2). Continue reading “Aldo Giraudo – Interrogativi e spinte della Chiesa del postconcilio sulla spiritualità salesiana”