Arthur Lenti – Don Bosco’s missionary dreams (Part I)

Because of the vastness of the subject and of the amount of material involved, this essay will be presented in two installments.

In this issue, after a general introduction, we will discuss the First Missionary Dream, expressing Don Bosco’s original option for the missions; and then, the two “South American” missionary dreams, projecting the expansion of the Salesian work in that subcontinent.



Prefatory Note

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Preliminary Questions on Don Bosco’s Dreams in General and on the Missionary Dreams in Particular
    • I. Origin, Tradition and Redaction of the Dream Narratives
    • II. Don Bosco’s Dreams As Real Dreams
    • Ill. The Revelatory Character of Don Bosco’s Dreams
    • IV. Typology of Don Bosco’s Dream Narratives, with Speclal Reference to the Missionary Dreams.
  • Part Two: The First Missionary Dream (1871/1872) -Don Bosco’s Resolve and Option for the Missions
    • I. Don Bosco’s Missionary Vocation-Development of His Missionary Awareness Leading to the First Missionary Dream
    • II. Textual History and Text of the First Missionary Dream
  • Part Three: The Two South American Dreams
    • I. The Second Missionary Dream (August 30, 1883)
    • II. The Third Missionary Dream (January 31, 1885)

Reference time period: 1871 – 1885

A. Lenti, Don Bosco’s missionary dreams (Part I), in «Journal of Salesian Sudies» 3 (1992) 2, 23-92.

Reference institution:
Institute of Salesian Studies
Institute of Salesian Studies

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