Giovanni Bosco – “National and international geographic expansion of salesian work” in “Salesian Sources 1. Don Bosco and his work. Collected work”

From 1863 onwards the Salesian work which arose at Valdocco and through other oratories in Turin began to expand rapidly, as already indicated, through numerous foundations first in Italy—Piedmont, Liguria (no. 18) and then in other regions—and finally in France and Latin America (nos. 21, 24, 25, 27).

Such broad development was helped by the new school reform in Italy, (1864), the difficulties diocesan seminaries were having, the continual requests for Salesian schools in Italy, France (1875), Spain (1881), England (1887), especially following the diffusion of a positive image of “a new Congregation for new times” as the Society of St Francis de Sales was thought to be in many places. Then the definitive approval of the Salesian Constitutions (1874) ended up by encouraging the opening of new charismatic horizons in South American mission lands (1875). Obviously the rapid expansion was made possible above all by the growth in both male and female vocations, including adult vocations (no. 20). For the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians the Founder worked at acquiring the future Mother House at Nizza Monferrato (no. 22). Don Bosco sought to encourage everyone with a new version of the history of the Oratory (no. 17) and through circular letters.


Reference time period: 1863 – 1883

G. Bosco, “National and international geographic expansion of salesian work” in “Section one. From the Pinardi house to Patagonia” in “Part one. Writings and documents on the history of Don Bosco and salesian work“, by Francesco Motto in “Salesian Sources 1: Don Bosco and his work. Collected Works”, LAS – Kristu Jyoti, Rome – Bangalore  2017, 60-123.

Reference institution:
Istituto Storico Salesiano
Istituto Storico Salesiano

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