What’s our story? A Handbook for all who works in the Catholic Media

23 April 2021 This is a spiritual handbook, aimed at providing guidance and spiritual nourishment for all those who find the Catholic media to be their vocation. The handbook, which features the patron saint of Journalists, St Francis De Sales on the front cover, seeks to explain to everyone who works in the Catholic media the dignity of their vocation and their own special spirituality. It helps share some of the background of the patrons of Catholic Media and includes suitable prayers relevant to this profession and gives a special emphasis to the patron saint of publishers & editors, Don Bosco. Another key inclusion is the chapter wherein words of encouragement from several authors who have had rich journalistic careers working as members of the Catholic Media, as well as explaining their passion for their vocation. These authors are from around the Australasian region and feature a piece written by Fr Frank Freeman SDB, the author, as well as Fr Ambrose Pereira SDB, a prolific writer and avid formator of Salesian Media projects from the Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands province. Fr Frank Freeman SDB, Editor of the Australian Salesian Bulletin, has spent the past 15 years investigating...

Don Bosco debtor of St. Francis de Sales: educational relevance of thought and example of saintly bishop of Geneva

(ANS – Turin) – Without the action and the person of Francis de Sales, would there ever have been the Don Bosco of the Preventive System? And why did the Saint of Youth choose him as a source of spirituality for the congregation he gave life to? Even more radically: “Was Don Bosco a true SALESian?” These questions were answered by Fr Gianni Ghiglione, one of the greatest connoisseurs of St. Francis de Sales’ thought. For Fr Ghiglione some expressions that embody the Preventive System – “it is necessary to win the hearts of young people”; “To be authoritative you need to be loved”; “Let us form good Christians and upright citizens” – even if they spring from the heart of Don Bosco, they started from the mind of Saint Francis de Sales. These roots take nothing away from the genius of Don Bosco, who was able to translate the intuitions and innovative methodologies making them the cornerstone of his service to young people, especially the most “at risk”. And when it is necessary, as in this time, to face the educational emergency, the search for those roots and their extension to the present is a commitment to be assumed...

Towards the 400th Anniversary of Saint Francis de Sales The Salesian Family of Don Bosco celebrates – January 24th By our own correspondent RMG, Rome, Italy, 24 January 2020 — With the fast-coming 400th anniversary of Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) in two years time, 2022, we may see a growing movement of Don Bosco’s Salesian Family to explore their saintly Patron. The overall feeling in many provinces is that the young Salesians don’t know much about St. Francis de Sales. There are two new young missionaries ready to enter Mongolia – one has read the ‘Philothea’ (=Lover of God) – Introduction to the Devout Life – of Saint Francis de Sales already 10 times, but the other young missionary (both practical trainees) has never even heard of this book! What a marvel! When we enter the first Church at Valdocco built by Don Bosco, dedicated to Saint Francis de Sales (1852) we are welcomed by many paintings of St Francis. When we observe the Coat of Arms of our Salesian Society, we can’t miss the figure of Francis de Sales as writer – journalist on the left-hand side. When we enter any Don Bosco bookshop in recent times, we...