Alberto Caviglia – Conferences on the Salesian Spirit

The text describes the life and achievements of Father Albert Caviglia, a Salesian priest born in Turin in 1868. He grew up in Valdocco, the place founded by St John Bosco, and dedicated his life to the Salesian mission.After teaching Latin and Greek literature, he later undertook academic studies, completing his cultural education. He obtained his doctorate with a thesis on Claudius of Seyssel, becoming a recognised expert in history. In addition, he worked as a professor at various institutions, conducting research in Christian archaeology and sacred art, and was involved in the criticism of the works of St John Bosco. As a preacher, he gave lectures on the Salesian spirit during retreats for Salesian confreres. Father Caviglia died in 1943, but his contribution to Salesian spirituality continues to be recognised and appreciated.

Table of Contents

  • Presentation 
    • Salesian Spirit
    • Don Bosco the cleric 
    • Salesian spirituality 
    • Austerity
    • Observance
    • Poverty 
    • Chastity
    • Obedience 
    • Piety 
    • Confession
    • Ecclesiastical spirit 
    • Don Bosco’s Pedagogy 
    • Good spirit
    • Interior life
    • Kindness 
    • Work
    • Character
    • Study
    • Don Bosco in the liturgy for his feast day

Reference time period: 1930 – 1938

A. Caviglia, Conferences on the Salesian Spirit, CENTRO MARIANO SALESIANO & INTERNAZIONALE DON BOSCO, Torino, 1985.

Reference institution:
Archivio Salesiano Centrale
Archivio Salesiano Centrale

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