Colle Don Bosco Ethnological Missionary Museum: To Learn and Visit

28 October 2021 (ANS – Castelnuovo Don Bosco) – New projects have been created at the Ethnological Missionary Museum (MEM) of Colle Don Bosco through two web channels of the Piedmont Region: “Mèmora” and ” L’arte con chi ne fa parte – Art with those who belong to it”. “Mèmora” is a showcase for the cultural heritage of museums, cultural institutes and historical archives in the Piedmont region. It is a virtual place where resources can be shared and where, through in-depth thematic studies, the heritage itself can be read by a wide audience, not just specialists in the field. The platform can be used free of charge by students, tourists or professionals, who can use it in a variety of ways, finding a museum, an archive, a photographic and natural heritage as well as various thematic and in-depth tours. In Mèmora the MEM presents 92 objects selected from those kept in the permanent exhibition showcases and two routes linked to the theme of games and music among ethnic groups. By selecting the various menus, it is possible to gain new knowledge about the great cultural heritage that includes the collection of not only that of Colle Don Bosco Museum...

AFTER THE TSUNAMI

15 October 2021 The pandemic has changed the way in which we relate with the world, others, and ourselves. We need to rebuild and to begin again in greater solidarity and with greater awareness so as to rebound from a silent calamity marked by pain, confinement, struggle, and fear. What would Don Bosco do if he were alive today? Dear Friends and readers, Let me begin my letter today with a short wisdom story: A tightrope walker stretched out his rope, at a discreet height, over a bustling marketplace. Some jugglers put on their act before his, but when their show lasted longer than expected, the square was enveloped in darkness. The tightrope walker would have to put on his show using reflected light. In the subdued light of the twilight hour, the tightrope artist did not realize that a little boy had tranquilly followed him up the ladder. When he took his first steps on the rope, he realized the boy was behind him. “What are you doing up here?” he asked the boy. “I want to walk the rope with you.” “Are you not afraid?” “As long as I am with you, no.” The spectators held their...

Casa Don Bosco Museum in the heart of “Art with those who are part of it”

12 October 2021 (ANS – Turin) – The “Abbonamento Musei” (Museum Pass) association, which links some of the most prestigious and characteristic cultural centers of Piedmont, Lombardy and Valle d’Aosta, has launched a new initiative to accompany tourists and people interested in history, art and culture in their adventures of discovery: it is “L’Arte con chi ne fa parte – Art with those who are part of it”, a proposal that will allow you to visit the participating museums with a new vision altogether, because it will be the founders, the first collectors, the entrepreneurs, the nobles and the sovereigns who will guide you along the evocative visits and routes. The Don Bosco House Museum also takes part in the initiative, which has completed little more than a year after its inauguration, and having now completed its final layout, can thus become a key player thanks to the presentation of the figure of Don Bosco. Within the project, the Don Bosco House Museum offers two guided tours: The first package – Saturday 16 October 2021, at 15:30 – tells of a life marked by “Salesian” dreams that have changed the lives of millions of young people all over the world. A visit...

“Grigio – Gray”, the dog who protected Don Bosco

“Gray”, èl Gris’, in Piedmontese, was a mysterious dog that accompanied St. John Bosco for more than thirty years, protecting him from dangers. In the 1850s, Don Bosco was the victim of frequent attacks and it was in those years that this dog began to appear, always protecting the Saint of Youth. Don Bosco wrote that he saw Gray for the last time in 1866, then he mysteriously disappeared. Don Bosco was asked several times for his opinion on the nature of that animal and he once replied: “To say that it is an angel would make us smile, but we cannot even say that it is a common dog.“ Some nuns also said they were protected by “Gray”. In particular it appeared: – in 1893 while two Salesian sisters were returning from Assisi to Cannara; – in 1930 in Barranquilla, Colombia, while the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians were building their school; – between 1898 and 1900 in France, in Navarre, while some nuns went to the quest for chestnuts. RELATED ARTICLE(S) RMG – Don Bosco’s devotion to Saint Joseph RMG – Many innovations in new volume of Don Bosco’s Letters Italy – Don Bosco in the Eternal City. A guide and a...

Tomorrow, May 19, 2021, presentation of IX volume of critical edition of Don Bosco’s Epistolary

  Tomorrow, May 19, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (ITALY TIME; 9AM-10:30AM NY time), at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, the ninth volume of the critical edition of Don Bosco’s Epistolary will be presented. It collects a little less than 500 letters written by the saint in the years 1884-1886. Letters of government, letters of animation, letters of daily affairs, letters of educational formation, letters of congratulations and good wishes, letters of requests for economic aid with relative thanks… in short, a series of letters of various kinds, many of which are unpublished, addressed to every category of people: from the highest civil and religious authorities (emperors, ministers, popes and cardinals) to simple laymen, men, women and young people.  It will be broadcast: https://youtu.be/l6X0wL_LKkM Although elderly and physically almost a “shadow of his former self,” in the three years under consideration Don Bosco continued undaunted to govern and animate the Congregation through his correspondence. He even extended them to new correspondents scattered throughout the world: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Belgian, Polish, English, German, Austrian, Hungarian, Chilean, Argentine, Uruguayan and Brazilian. What emerges is a new face of Don Bosco, in many ways current, which with the nine volumes...