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.
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.
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