Egidio Viganò – “Letter of the Rector Major” in “Acts of the Superior Council of the salesian society”

The Rector Major explains the title of the letter, clarifying that it’s not about celebrating Christmas in July but rather revisiting the theme of “poverty” to encourage greater courage in their renewal efforts. He suggests that poverty is closely linked to the obligation of educating youth in faith, as emphasized in the General Chapter. While some might have expected a critique of certain abuses, he sees poverty as a spiritually rich topic, vital for navigating a world obsessed with material wellbeing and the dangers of adopting a bourgeois mentality. His focus on poverty stems from a deeper reflection on the mystery of Christ, his Gospel, and Don Bosco’s particular gospel option. He encourages a meditation on these aspects to inspire sincerity and enthusiasm before delving into ascetical considerations.


  • Introduction
  • At the core of salesian “significance”
  • Light from the Word of God
  • The humble frontiers of Christ’s Kingdom
  • The radical nature of self-donation in profession
  • Don Bosco’s poverty
  • Three Rector Maior interventions
  • The evangelical project of our Rule of Life
  • Suggestions for a “scrutinium paupertatis”
  • Conclusion: the beatitude of the poor in Mary

Reference time period: 1993

E. Viganò, Letter of the Rector Major, in «Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco», 74 (1993), 345, 3-50.

Reference institution:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

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