Jesús Borrego – “The originality of Don Bosco’s Patagonian missionary enterprise” in “Don Bosco’s place in history”

Borrego in his essay focuses on the missionary enterprise in Patagonia-Argentina undertaken by Don Bosco. The first goals achieved were the construction of churches and schools and the provision of Christian education to young people (especially poor ones). A particular feature of Don Bosco’s missionary strategy was the surprising large participation of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.

Borrego nel suo saggio si focalizza sull’impresa missionaria in Patagonia-Argentina intrapresa da Don Bosco. I primi obiettivi raggiunti sono stati la costruzione di chiese e scuole e il fornire un’educazione cristiana ai giovani (in particolare quelli poveri). Una caratteristica particolare della strategia missionaria di Don Bosco è stata la sorprendente numerosa partecipazione di Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice.


  • 0. Introduction
  • 1. Patagonia, an original project?
  • 2. Argentina-Patagonia, a land of promise
  • 3. «There were no Salesian missions in the South [of Argentina and Chile], but rather colleges, agricoltural schools and churches…» 
  • 4. The Salesian «did not form “reductions” like those of the Jesuits in Paraguay»
  • 5. Prospects for the future 

Reference time period: 1870 – 1885

J. Borrego, “The originality of Don Bosco’s Patagonian missionary enterprise”, in “Don Bosco’s place in history”, LAS, Roma, 467-484.

Reference institution:
Centro Studi Don Bosco
Centro Studi Don Bosco

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