Joseph Boenzi – What is salesian in Don Bosco?

Joseph Boenzi writes of the many times that the figure of St. Francis de Sales enters into the life and ministry of Don Bosco. The final word may never be written on why Don Bosco chose Francis de Sales as the patron of his Congregation but What is Salesian in Don Bosco? throws light on the subject.



  • Preliminary Remarks
  • Julie Colbert di Barolo, Marchesa and Foundress
  • Pastoral Aspects of the Salesian Patronage
  • Salesian Influence in Don Bosco’s Life
    • Francis de Sales and the Devotional Landscape
    • Model for Reform
    • Model of Sweetness and Pastoral Zeal in the 1800s
    • Don Cafasso Presents Francis de Sales to Priests
    • Don Bosco Presents Francis de Sales to Co-workers
  • The Holy Patron and Valdocco
    • The Holy Patron among the Young and the Poor
    • Celebrating the Saints in Don Bosco’s House
  • Don Bosco, the Writings and Teachings of Francis de Sales
  • Francis de Sales as a Formative Figure
    • Don Bosco ‘s Salesian Society
    • Don Bosco ‘s Salesian Cooperators
  • Conclusion

Reference time period: 1833 – 1876

J. Boenzi, What is salesian in Don Bosco?, in «Journal of Salesian Sudies» 12 (2004) 2, 231-256.

Reference institution:
Institute of Salesian Studies
Institute of Salesian Studies

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