Juan Edmundo Vecchi – “Letter of the Rector Major” in ” Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco”

The Rector Major writes upon returning from Poland, where he participated in the Beatification of 108 martyrs, including our confrere Fr. Joseph Kowalski and five young men from our Oratory and Youth Centre in Poznan. This event was a grace and a source of joy for our Family, almost unexpected. The process began only seven years ago, and it’s remarkable that Beatification was achieved in this year preceding the great Jubilee. The candidates’ names were not initially included in our list of Causes for beatification, and they were relatively unknown outside their own country.


  • Almost a surprise beatification
  • Holiness and martyrdom in the Holy Year
  • The martyrology of the 20th Century
  • Holiness and martyrdom in the Salesian Family
  • A martyrology of the Salesian Family
  • Fr Joseph Kowalski
  • A ‘salesian’ process of growth
  • Pastoral charity even to the sacrifice of life
  • An unmistakable Marian touch
  • An outstanding witness
  • A ‘youthful’ salesian group
  • Imprisonment and martyrdom
  • Conclusion

Reference time period: 1999

J. E. Vecchi, Letter of the Rector Major, in «Acts of the General Council of the salesian society of St John Bosco», 80 (1999), 368, 3-36.

Reference institution:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

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