Egidio Viganò – “Letter of the Rector Major” in “Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco”

In the midst of their rigorous preparations through prayer and study for the upcoming GC23, the Rector Major extends an invitation to focus on the exemplary “salesian spirit” embodied by Don Bosco’s third successor, Fr. Philip Rinaldi. His significant historical role, his unwavering commitment to Don Bosco’s living legacy, and his profound impact on the growth of the Salesian Family offer valuable insights. Delving into Rinaldi’s life and teachings will not only enrich the work of the Chapter but also illuminate the broader process of renewal within the Church.


  • The beatification of Don Rinaldi
  • The history of the cause
  • The significance of the event for us
  • The story of Don Rinaldi’s life
  • At the vertex midway through the first salesian century
  • His wonderful spirit of enterprise
  • Promoter of ‘salesianità’
  • Authoritative interpreter of our apostolic interior life
  • Pattern of pastoral kindness through his fatherliness
  • Intercessor and Guide for the whole Salesian Family
  • Insistent proclaimer of the vital message of “Don Bosco, the Model”

Reference time period: 1990

E. Viganò, Letter of the Rector Major, in «Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco», 71 (1990), 332, 3-69.

Reference institution:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

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