Giovanni Bosco – “Guidelines for running salesian houses (1863-1887)” in “Salesian Sources 1. Don Bosco and his work. Collected works”

The Confidential Reminders, originating from a letter to Fr. Michael Rua in 1863, evolved into a comprehensive guideline for Salesian rectors, directors, and educators. Initially a private letter providing guidance for the new Salesian house in Mirabello Monferrato, it expanded and became the “Confidential Reminders for Rectors of Individual Houses of the Salesian Society” by 1871. Enriched over the years, the document, finalized in 1886, contains forty-seven points in eight paragraphs. Addressing various aspects of Salesian life and education, it reflects Don Bosco’s deep convictions. Endorsed in the Seventh Salesian General Chapter (1895) and the first American Chapter (1901), the document continued to influence Salesian practices. European Salesian Provincials recommended its reading during the exercise for a happy death in 1907.

Reference time period: 1863 – 1887

G. Bosco, “Guidelines for running salesian houses (1863-1887)” in “Section two. Pedagogical insights, reflections and ideas“,  in “Part two. Writing and testimonies of Don Bosco on education and schooling” , by José Manuel Prellezo in “Salesian Sources 1. Don Bosco and his work. Collected Works”, LAS – Kristu Jyoti, Rome – Bangalore, 2017, 477-485.

Reference institution:
Istituto Storico Salesiano
Istituto Storico Salesiano

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