(ANS – Rome) – On Wednesday at the Casa Don Bosco Museum Fr Á.F. Artime inaugurated two rooms dedicated to the Saints, Blessed, Venerable and Servants of God of the Salesian Family.
The opening of these two new rooms represents the completion of the definitive layout of the Don Bosco House Museum.
In one hall there will be a larger space dedicated to the figure of Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello, together with other glorified members of the Salesian Family (the martyrs of Poznam and Spain, the blessed Artemide Zatti, Alberto Marvelli, Zeffirino Namuncurà and Alexandrina Da Costa).
In the second room, 32 display cases will commemorate the memory of various Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Salesian Cooperators, Past Pupils, consecrated persons and lay people of the Salesian Family who lived the charism of Don Bosco in a luminous way.
“A contemporary installation will also show the great tree of the Salesian Family, germinated by the spiritual intuition and heart of the Saint of the young. The showcases are of particular interest as they contain personal objects and writings of those who have embodied the spirituality and pedagogy of Valdocco in an extraordinary way,” explained Fr Cristian Besso, the Rector of Valdocco – with Museum Director, Stefania De Vita.
Present at the inauguration were the Central Delegate of the Rector Major for the Secretariat of the Salesian Family, Fr Joan Lluis Playá; Fr Giuseppe Costa, Co-spokesperson of the Salesian Congregation; Fr Leonardo Mancini, Provincial of the Special Circumscription -ICC “Italy – Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta”; the Director of the Museum, Stefania de Vita, who moderated the meeting; and Fr Cristian Besso, the Director of the project “Don Bosco House Museum”.
“Today is the day in which we can say that the reality of the Don Bosco House Museum finishes all its works and commitments. In fact, till now a very important part was missing, namely that of show casing the life and the reality of the many who took Don Bosco’s charism and passed it on all over the world,” added the Rector Major.
“Here we find a ‘marvellous rainbow’ of people: there are not only the Salesians, but many Past Pupils of incredible social capacity, some martyrs who have marked these ideals with their life and blood, many women, consecrated and lay persons.” Without forgetting the privileged space dedicated to Saint Mary Domenica Mazzarello, Co-founder of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Fr Angel highlighted her personality as one “with whom Don Bosco understood that he could carry on the great dream for girls.”
On the sidelines of the opening of these two rooms, the Rector Major also inaugurated the temporary photographic exhibition “Lock art”, created in collaboration with “ArtFullFrame”, which exhibits pictures of 15 photographers from all over the world, who have tried to narrate the beauty of relationships and the “extraordinary in the ordinary” experienced in times of lockdown and pandemic. For the occasion, the Artistic Director and Project Manager of “Lock Art”, Chiara Candellone Sticca, and photographers Claudio Gottardo and Gabriele Zago from Turin, intervened offering their testimony.
At the end of the event, the participants were able to visit the Museum’s new rooms and tour the exhibit.
The photos of the inauguration are visible in the Photo Gallery section, while the video of the event is available on the ANS Facebook page.