100 Keywords of Salesian Spirituality

EAO Boscolink, 7 August 2023 — Fr Francis Desramaut (1922-2014), noted Salesian scholar and author of many books and articles on Salesian spirituality, completed a Dictionary of Salesian Spirituality in 2000, which he published in French in three installments of Cahiers salésiens (1998-2000), the journal at the time of the Salesian Studies Centre in Lyons (France) which he was the director of. It was always his wish that this work appear in a single volume in English and other languages. Other than appearing in a single volume in Italian some years back, only the Introductory essay to the work ever appeared in English (in the spring 1999 edition of the Journal of Salesian Studies) meticulously translated by Fr Arthur Lenti. The entire work, nearly 800 pages of it, is now available in English. EAO readers can find it on Boscolink at Salesian Spirituality. This is an interactive pdf version, lacking the extensive subject index at the end, but because the text is eminently searchable, such an index is not in fact needed in this version. Should any province be interested in publishing it in a print edition, the index can be added without too much difficulty. The digital edition can...

Integral Ecology Salesian-Style Webinar – in English!

LAST 3 DAYS TO REGISTER!!! JUST A GENTLE REMINDER: Integral Ecology Salesian-Style DO NOT FEAR TO SIGN UP – IT IS IN ENGLISH! Presenter: Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development Program: Talk 1: A journey of conversion to integral ecology    Group sharing Talk 2: Integral ecology in the spirit of the Preventive System   Q & A DAY: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023  TIME: 10am (Eastern Time)  9am (Central Time)  7am (Pacific Time)  4pm (Rome Time) Join in this Salesian North American virtual encounter to be leaven in the world! Share the good news with:  School Faculty, families, and students; Catechists; Leaders from Oratory-Youth Centers & Camps; VIDES & SLMs; the Salesian Family, Young Adult Ministries, other volunteers, friends, etc.) Cast your nets wide, the way Jesus did!   Salesian Family Members & friends can participate from the comfort of their home. There is plenty of room now with a Zoom Account capacity of 300 “seats” Registration is open until Wednesday, Feb. 8:  https://forms.gle/sKvZWTyHkFjkDqyE6 For those unable to participate on Feb. 11,  a recording of the session will be made available the week of Feb. 12, 2023. Blessings to each one of you! Sr. Francine Guilmette,...

Getting to know Don Bosco: his prophetic dream of the rose arbor

20 January 2023 Immagine a cura di Severino Baraldi, per “Don Bosco ti ha sognato” (Vol. 1) – Elledici, 2013 (ANS – Rome) – “We are children of a dreamer” is an expression often used by his successors to refer to the Founder of the Salesian Congregation and Family. And this is not only because of his ability to see far beyond his contemporaries, foreshadowing developments and realities that would be openly manifested only much later; but also because of that mystical ability of his to have as it were “supernatural visions” capable of directing his own path and that of those who followed him. Countless were the dreams reported by Don Bosco, some certainly more significant and relevant than others. The 9-year dream, whose Bicentennial will be celebrated next year, 2024, constitutes among all of them not only the chronological leader, but also the load-bearing lintel of the entire life and action of the Saint of the Young. In the great skein of dreams dreamed by Don Bosco, today we want to recall in particular the one known by the name of the “bower of roses.” It is, among all, a dream that helps to bring the figure of...

Salesian Youth Movement launches “WYD DON BOSCO 23”

03 February 2022 (ANS – Lisbon) – In preparation for World Youth Day (WYD) 2023, which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, the Salesian Youth Movement has launched “WYD DON BOSCO 23”, the organization responsible for the convocation and participation of young people from various Salesian circles around the world at WYD in Lisbon 2023. In inviting young people to live and experience WYD Lisbon 2023 according to Don Bosco’s charism, WYD DON BOSCO 23 also wants to accompany all the initiatives, dynamism and moments planned for the Day, as well as highlight, on a particular day, the “SYM Day”, all its youth and associative dimension. “WYD DON BOSCO 2023”, as a motto, comes from the combination of three elements: the acronym in English that refers to World Youth Day, with its meaningful similarity to the term “with” in English; St. John Bosco, commonly called “Don Bosco”, as the unifying force of the Salesian Family; and the date of the meeting. It wants to be a sort of brand that identifies the Salesian Youth Movement and that motivates young people to walk the path that awaits them as a pilgrimage, that strengthens their faith and is able to question others,...

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,...

Conference on Mother Mazzarello and Her Maternal Heart – from the Auxilium

Rome (Italy). On 2 December 2021, with the presentation by Prof. Eliane Petri, FMA, on the theme “Mother Mazzarello: ‘a big and generous heart’. Her educational motherhood challenges us”, the 2nd appointment of ‘Salesian Thursdays at Auxilium’ was held, the initiative of the Studies Center on FMA of the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences ‘Auxilium’ in Rome with in-depth studies on the pedagogy, spirituality, and history of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The ‘secret’ of the fully realized life of Mary Domenica, explains Prof. Petri, is contained in her ‘motherly heart’. Mary Domenica lived her spiritual motherhood in the light of the motherhood of Mary of Nazareth, source of generativity, “‘At the Wedding of Cana there was the Mother of Jesus’ (Jn 2: 1), a solicitous, attentive, foreseeing, prayerful presence. Also in Mornese there was the mother, Mary Mazzarello. Her mission was to form the first FMA and to create a new way of being a vocational, synodal, missionary community ‘with’ and ‘for’ the young”. The adjective ‘educational’ qualifies her identity as a woman educator and is completed with the action of the Holy Spirit, keeping in mind the person in all her dimensions: human, emotional, intellectual, spiritual in their entirety. “It is a motherhood...