- PREMISE: Some significant events in the second half of 2011
- Commentary on the Strenna for 2012:
- 1. Knowledge of Don Bosco and a commitment on behalf of the young
Don Giulio Barberis (1847-1927), primo maestro dei novizi della Società Salesiana, ci ha lasciato un’importante testimonianza su Don Bosco e sulla vita dell’oratorio di Valdocco nei quindici quaderni della sua “Cronichetta”. In essa riporta le attività dell’oratorio, detti e fatti della vita di Don Bosco e alcune riﬂessioni dal 1875 al 1879. Da ciò emerge chiaramente quello che era l’ambiente formativo di Valdocco in quegli anni, la sua struttura organizzativa e le strategie educative, i punti di forza e quelli più deboli, con il continuo lavoro di Don Bosco e dei primi salesiani per rendere sempre più efficace l’opera a favore della gioventù, alla cui forte espansione in Italia e all’estero stavano assistendo (è proprio del 1875 la prima spedizione missionaria in Argentina). Continue reading “Massimo Schwarzel – Il modello formativo salesiano delle origini nella “Cronichetta” di don Giulio Barberis”
Fr. Arthur J. Lenti tells the story of Don Bosco’ s efforts to mediate between the Holy See and the Italian government during the tense years of Italian unification. Of special importance was the appointment of bishops. After offering background on the historical events leading to the estrangement between the Church and state in Italy, the author goes to the sources in an effort to answer the question why someone so politically unimportant as Don Bosco, should become involved in a capacity of “negotiator.”
This article is written by our own Arthur J. Lenti, of the Institute of Salesian Spirituality in Berkeley. The article studies “Don Bosco’ s Beatification and Canonization Story: Highlights and Sidelights,” and incorporates material that Fr. Lenti has developed for classes and retreats over the course of the last year.
The author of this article wants to explore the phenomenology of Giovanni Bosco’s encounter with his pupils. We would like to explain two explorative issues, that is, a) what are the characteristic features of Giovanni Bosco’s relations with his students and what are the resulting implications; and b) how socially maladjusted youth perceive their educator and how such teacher-student relations fit into the category of the master-apprentice dialogue?
While preparing pilgrimages and spiritual exercises in Annecy and the neighborhood, I discovered reliable sources among the German and Dutch Oblates of St Francis de Sales. As a consequence of keeping contact with various participants, they invited the undersigned to take part in the annual meetings of their Arbeitsgemeinschaft (“study group”) in Eichstätt, Germany.
Continue reading “Rik Biesmans – Don Bosco & Saint Francis De Sales (1842-1880). Concerning the question whether Don Bosco was influenced by Francis de Sales in both his personal faith and his pastoral-pedagogical practice”
This study of Don Bosco in a perspective of organizational virtues is intended to be in a circular hermeneutic relation with the present period of transformation in which the Salesians of Don Bosco find themselves.
In this article, I will attempt to trace how Don Bosco’s original experience was translated in such a way that his work could be established in Malta – an island country in the Mediterranean with a distinct tradition and culture from that in which the Salesian story first began and developed in Turin, Italy. I will place special emphasis on the Salesian Oratory, Sliema.