Egidio Viganò – “Strive to make yourself loved” in “Acts of the Superior Council”

This letter describes the commemoration of the centenary of St. John Bosco’s death on May 14th, marked by a solemn renewal of religious Profession across Salesian provinces worldwide. The Rector Major, presiding over a significant celebration at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco, reflects on the day’s spiritual significance and deep communal unity among nearly a thousand attending confreres. The event culminated with heartfelt reflections around Don Bosco’s casket and expressions of gratitude from young pilgrims, highlighting the enduring impact of Don Bosco’s mission on youth globally.


  • Introduction.
  • A spiritual event.
  • A symbol of our Profession.
  • Don Bosco tells us “Make yourselves loved”.
  • Some essential requirements of our pastoral charity: (a) the centrality of Christ, (b) the oratory criterion, (c) the fostering of vocations, (d) lay involvement.
  • Entrusted always to Mary.
  • A centenary, source of blessings.

Reference time period: 1888 – 1988

E. Viganò, «Strive to make yourself loved», in «Acts of the Superior Council» 69 (1988) 326, 3-25.

Reference institution:
Direzione Generale SDB
Direzione Generale SDB

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