Ramón Alberdi – “Don Bosco and the Catholic associations in Spain” in “Don Bosco’s place in history”

Don Bosco has established relationships with Catholic associations not only in Italy, but also abroad: in Spain and France. The author of this essay focuses in particular on his trip to Spain and on the visit to the Catholic Association of Barcelona.

Don Bosco ha allacciato rapporti con associazioni Cattoliche non solo in Italia, ma anche all’estero: in Spagna e in Francia. L’autore del presente saggio si sofferma in particolare sul suo viaggio in Spagna e sulla visita all’Associazione Cattolica di Barcellona.


  • 0. Introduction
  • 1. Don Bosco in Spain and the Catholic associations
  • 2. The Catholic Association of Barcelona
    • 2.1 Origin and development 
    • 2.2 The members before the suppression of 1873
      • 2.2.1 Future Salesian Cooperators
      • 2.2.2 Those who later donated the summit of Mount Tibidabo
      • 2.2.3 The future founders of the Salesian House in Gerona
      • 2.2.4 Other references
    • 2.3 After the revival of the activities in 1877-1878
      • 2.3.1 The Salesian Cooperators
      • 2.3.2 The group of clerics 
    • 2.4 Objectives, means and outlook
      • 2.4.1 Loyalty to the Pope and defence of the priesthood
      • 2.4.2 Catholicism and the fatherland
      • 2.4.3 Public profession of the Christian faith 
      • 2.4.4 Antiprotestantism and antiliberalism 
    • 2.4.5 The union of forces for the struggle
    • 2.4.6 The promotion of culture and popular education 
  • 3. Other Catholic societies
  • 4. Conclusions

Reference time period: 1844 – 1888

R. Alberdi, Don Bosco and the Catholic associations in Spain, in Don Bosco’s place in history, edited by Patrick Egan and Mario Midali, LAS, Roma 1993,185-211.

Reference institution:
Centro Studi Don Bosco
Centro Studi Don Bosco

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