Capitolo Generale dei Salesiani di Don Bosco – Educating the young people to the faith

I present to you the Acts of the GC23, with their rich contents for the guidance of our life and apostolic activity. In them is collected together the official documentation of the Chapter’s work: i.e. the document on educating young people to the faith; the modifications or additions concerning the Constitutions and Regulations; practical interpretations of some texts from the Rule; deliberations regarding the grouping of provinces; a practical directive for our presence in Africa; a brief chronicle of capitular events; and the “Letter to Youth” that the Assembly asked for from the Rector Major.


  • Educating young people to the faith: a task and challenge for today’s salesian community
  • Introduction 
  • First part: the youth reality challenges the salesian community
  • 1. The context in which salesian communities live
  • 2. The youth situation
  • 3. Youth and the faith
  • 4. The more urgent challenges
  • Second part: the faith journey
  • 1.The community faced with the challenges 
  • 2. The journey of education to the faith 
  • Meeting God in the young
  • The departure point
  • The plan for Christian life
  • Dimension of the journey
  • The overall objective
  • The dimensions
  • – Towards human maturity
  • – Towards an authentic meeting with Jesus Christ
  • – Towards an intensified membership of the Church
  • – Towards a commitment for the Kingdom
  • 3. Salesian youth spirituality 
  • Preliminary
  • Synthetic presentation
  • 1. Spirituality of daily life
  • 2. Spirituality of joy and optimism
  • 3. Spirituality of friendship with the Lord Jesus
  • 4. Spirituality of communion in the Church
  • 5. Spirituality of responsible service
  • 4. Some key issues in education to the faith 
  • Formation of conscience
  • Education to love
  • The social dimension of charity
  • Third part: Practical commitments of the community
  • Preliminary
  • 1. Chapter deliberations 
    • 1.1 The journey of faith of the young demands the witness
      of a community in continual renewal.
    • 1.2 The journey of faith of the young demands that the
      salesian community be part of the local context and
      youth scene with a new pastoral approach.
    • 1.3 The journey of faith of the young demands that the
      salesian community become the animator of the
      educative and pastoral community and of the Salesian
    • 1.4 The journey of faith of the young demands that the
      community develop an organic pastoral programme.
    • 1.5 The journey of faith of the young demands that thd
      salesian community give particular attention to
      their vocational guidance
    • 1.6 The journey of faith of the young demands from the
      community a new form of communication.
  • 2. Practical guidelines for particular situations 
    • 2.1 Environments providing a wide welcome
    • 2.2 Environments of systematic education
    • 2.3 The youth group
    • 2.4 Personal encounter with the young person
    • 2.5 Communities for youngsters in difficulties
    • 2.6 Large scale gatherings of youth
  • Conclusion
  • Deliberations and guidelines concerning the constitutions and regulations 
  • 1. Modifications or additions to the text of the Constitutions
  • 2. Modifications to the General Regulations
  • 3. Practical interpretation of certain texts
  • 4. Deliberations concerning groups of Provinces
    5. Practical guideline for the salesian presence in Africa
  • Appendices
  • 1. Message of Pope John Paul II for the beginning of the GC23
  • 2. Address of Card. Jean-Jerome Hamer
  • 3. Opening address of the Rector Major to the GC23
  • 4. Address of homage of the Rector Major to the Holy Father
  • 5. Address of Pope John Paul II to the Capitulars, 1° May 1990
  • 6. Message of greetings to the FMA members of their GC19
  • 7. Message of the GC23 to Salesian Cooperators
  • 8. Message of the GC23 to Don Bosco Past-Pupils
  • 9. Closing address of the Rector Major to the GC23
  • 10. Letter to the young
  • 11. Chronicle of the GC23
  • 12. List of participants in the GC23

Reference time period: 1990 – 2000

Educating the young people to the faith, in «23rd General Chapter of the Salesian of Don Bosco», Roma, 1990.

Reference institution:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

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