To provide the students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Salesian Spirituality, i.e. the spirituality of St Francis de Sales and of St John Bosco.
1. Guidelines from the Congregation: Constitutions & General Regulations, General Chapter 26, General Chapter 27. 2. Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales: His life; some of the main themes of the Saint’s spirituality; his influence on the life and spirituality of St. John Bosco. 3. Spirituality of St. John Bosco: Principal sources and models of his spirituality; biographies of Dominic Savio, Michael Magone, and Francis Besucco as sources of the Saint’s spirituality for young people; themes of spirituality present in his ministry as spiritual director of the young; Don Bosco’s motto (C 4). 4. Salesian Spirituality and Salesian Youth Ministry (C 2, C 3, C 21). Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the sources and points of reference of the spirituality of Don Bosco, viz. the models of holiness that influenced him, particularly that of St. Francis of Sales, and the principal elements of Don Bosco’s spirituality.
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