Arthur Lenti – “The Convitto Ecclesiastico – «Where one learnt to be a priest»” in “Journal of Salesian Studies”

Don Bosco then goes on to describe the nature and purpose of the Convitto. It was a kind of ‘ finishing school’ where (he says) “one learnt to be a priest.”

He speaks of the people who were responsible for it and for its program; and he makes specific reference to the ideological context and the matrix of thought which had determined its founding.


  • Introduction
  • Historical Context: Trends in Theology and Ecclesiology
  • The Jesuits and Their Activity
  • The ‘Amicizie’
  • The Congregation of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary
  • Projects for the Convitto
  • The Convitto Established at St. Francis of Assisi
  • Life and Spirit at the Convitto
  • Academic Activity at the Convitto
  • Practical Pastoral Experiences of the Convitto Students
  • The Convitto’s Survival and Growth: The Guala Rectorate (1817-1848)
  • The Convitto’s Halcyon Period: The Cafasso Rectorate (1848-1860)
  • The Convitto After Fr. Cafasso: Crisis in the Gastaldi Period (1860-1876)
  • The Convitto’s Deepening Crisis and Closure
  • Fr. Giuseppe Allamano and the New Convitto
  • Conclusion

Reference time period: 1814 – 1882

A. Lenti, “The Convitto Ecclesiastico – «Where one learnt to be a priest»” in «Journal of Salesian Studies», 3 (1992), 1, 39-77.

Reference institution:
Institute of Salesian Studies
Institute of Salesian Studies

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