Francis de Sales, Don Bosco, the Blessed Sacrament, & Saints!

Saint Francis de Sales inspiring paths of holiness (ANS – Rome) – During the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family 2022, dedicated to the spiritual and pastoral study of the Rector Major’s Strenna centered on St. Francis de Sales, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, offered a contribution that highlights how “our journey to holiness and the promotion of the Causes of Beatification and Canonization of our Salesian Family draw great inspiration and strong motivation from him.” In fact, from his person and his doctrine emanate an impression of rare fullness, demonstrated in the serenity of his intellectual research, but also in the richness of his affections, in the “sweetness” of his teachings that have had a great influence on the Christian conscience. One could say, then, that Francis de Sales, both in his most representative works (Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God) and in his continuous pastoral praxis, presents himself on the scene of the history of the Church as one of the most representative forerunners of what Vatican II calls the “universal vocation to holiness” (chapter 5 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium). In his major works,...

Spirituality Day of the Salesian Family 2022: here is the program

REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 10TH ON OUR HOMEPAGE: https://DonBoscoSalesianPortal.org 05 January 2022 (ANS – Rome) – There is great anticipation throughout the Salesian world for the 2022 edition of the Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family. With little more than a week to go before this important event (January 13-16, 2022) which will gather, in person and in digital mode, thousands of members of the groups of the great tree planted by Don Bosco starting from the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, the Secretariat for the Salesian Family has announced the detailed program of the appointments: a program rich in events, opportunities for reflection and deepening, moments of communion, sharing and spirituality. Following the scheme that proved to be very effective last year, the SFSD 2022 foresee a double level of participation with live broadcasting on each of the four days from 13:00 to 15:00 (UTC + 1) of the worldwide appointments, and the creation of complementary activities at the regional level, managed with different times and methods, by the respective teams. The world events will all be broadcast live by ANS on its Facebook page and YouTube channel, in five languages ​​(Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese). Thursday 13 begins with the opening session, which...

Dei Verbum Reading Challenge – free! | Word on Fire Institute

Join us on a 2-week guided reading journey through the Catholic Church’s central document on divine revelation! NOVEMBER 8th – 19th, 2021 Vatican II’s document on revelation, known by the first two words of the Latin text Dei Verbum, the “Word of God,” is of signal importance in the life of the Church, since it speaks of the process by which God communicates to his people. The entire purpose of this communication is to draw us into friendship with God. What could be more significant for all believers, but especially for teachers, catechists, theologians, and preachers? It also has great significance for those embarked on the Church’s mission of evangelization. The council fathers recognized the need for a renewal when it came to reading and appreciating the Bible. They called for greater study of the Bible among laypeople, placing the Scriptures more fully at the center of the liturgy, and making the sacred writings the “soul of sacred theology” (DV 24). But that dream is still, I believe, largely unrealized. In point of fact, when we consult the numerous studies of the ever-increasing army of the religiously unaffiliated, we discover that the Bible is often a prime reason why people, especially...

International Conference on Fr Paolo Albera – Recording & Materials Available Online

02 November 2021 (ANS – Rome) – The two days, 30-31 October 2021 – of the International Conference dedicated to Rector Major Fr Paolo Albera on the first centenary of his death (29 October 1921) was held in precise manner as planned. Organized by the Salesian Historical Institute – the Istituto Storico Salesiano (ISS) – at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), the conference was promoted by the current Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. The reports of the first day analyzed the operational guidelines and the results of the governing action of Fr Albera as Rector Major with a look also at the historical period he lived and on the progress of the Salesian houses in America that he visited at the beginning of the century. The second day was dedicated to the presentation of the spiritual guidelines he gave, both to the Salesians and to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), to the reception of the Code of Canon Law in the Salesian Constitutions, and to the image of Fr Albera in the Salesian Bulletin. In conclusion, space was given to the indication of the sources of and about Fr Albera preserved in the Salesian Central Archives (ASC), after an...

International Convention on Fr. Paul Albera

26 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – An International Convention dedicated to Fr Paul Albera, Don Bosco’s 2nd successor at the head of the Congregation, will take place on 30 – 31 October to commemorate the first centenary of his death (as he died at Turin-Valdocco, 29 October 1921). Promoted and organized by the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) and the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in this special year that the Rector Major has dedicated to Fr Albera, the conference will be held in mixed mode, with participation in physical presence at UPS and via live streaming with English translation of the work shops. The Seminar will begin in the mid-afternoon of Saturday 30 (14:00 – UTC+2) with the inaugural address of the Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr. Stefano Martoglio, followed by the introduction note of the coordinator, Fr. Francesco Motto, a member of the ISS. Then Fr Thomas Anchukandam, Director of the ISS; Fr Stanislav Zimniak, Fr Motto; and Ariel Fresia – all members of the ISS – and Sr Grazia Loparco FMA, lecturer at the “Auxilium” Faculty, will illustrate through their interventions different facets of Fr Albera’s life and work. They will analyse the contexts in which he...