In this course, students will reflect on Don Bosco’s founding charism. They will gain a detailed historical knowledge of the sequence of events leading to the foundations, and an appreciation for Don Bosco’s role in the foundation of the three original branches of the Salesian Family. These objectives will be met by 1. Prior reading of the handouts by each student; 2. Active participation in all classes; 3. Expositions by the professor
1. Founding charisms in the church. 2. Don Bosco’s founding charism. 3. Don Bosco’s early knowledge of religious life. 4. From the establishment of the Oratory to the founding of the Salesian Congregation. 5. The founding moment (18 December 1859). 6. Don Bosco’s role in the founding of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. 7. Don Bosco and the founding of the Salesian Cooperators. 8. The role of Mary in the founding of the three original branches of the Salesian Family Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to explain through discussion with others Don Bosco’s role in the foundation of the three original branches of the Salesian Family. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the founding charism of Don Bosco.
Textbook: Notes provided by the teacher AUBRY J., The Renewal of Our Salesian Life, Vol 2: The Salesian Community and Family (New Rochelle, Don Bosco Publications, 1984); BONNETTI G., St John Bosco’s Early Apostolate (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1934); BOSCO G., Don Bosco Fondatore: “Ai Soci Salesiani” (1875-1885) (ed. P. BRAIDO. Rome, LAS 1995); BOSCO G., Memoirs of the Oratory of Saint Francis de Sales from 1815 to 1855: The Autobiography of Saint John Bosco (New Rochelle, Don Bosco Publications, 1989); BRAIDO P., Don Bosco prete dei giovani nel secolo delle libertà (Rome, 2003); BUCCELLATO G., Appunti per una ‘storia spirituale’ del sacerdote Giò Bosco (Leumann, LDC 2008); CHAVEZ VILLANUEVA P., “Da mihi animas, cetera tolle”: charismatic identity and apostolic zeal (Rome, 2006); JOHN PAUL II, Vita Consecrata (London, Catholic Truth Society 1996); LENTI A.J., Don Bosco: History and Spirit, Vol. 1: John Bosco’s Formative Years in Historical Context, Vol. 2: Birth and Early Development of Don Bosco’s Oratory, Vol. 3: Don Bosco Educator, Spiritual Master Writer and Founder of the Salesian Society (ed. A. GIRAUDO. Rome, LAS, 2007-2008); MIDALI M. (ed.), Don Bosco Fondatore della Famiglia Salesiana (Rome, 1989); ROCCA G., Il carisma del fondatore (Milan, Ancora 1998); STELLA P., Don Bosco: Religious Outlook and Spirituality (2nd rev. ed. New Rochelle, Salesiana Publishers, 1996); VIGANÒ E., Reading the Founder’s Charism again at the present day (Rome, 1995); WIRTH M., Don Bosco and the Salesians (New Rochelle, Don Bosco Publications, 1982).