This course is designed to provide the students with an overview of the vocation, criterion and membership of the three branches of the Salesian Family.
Course Outline: 1. The Charismatic gifts in the Church and in the Salesian congregation and their role in the life and mission of the Church and the congregation. 2. An overview of the various members of the Salesian Family and their foundations. 3. The specific identity and characteristics of the Salesian Family with particular reference to The Common Mission Statement and The Common Identity Card of the Salesian Family of Don Bosco. The criterion for and the current membership of the Salesian Family. 4. The vocation of the Salesian Priest and the Salesian Brother: originality, reciprocity, and complementarity. 5. The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians: the feminine expression of the Salesian Charism. 6. The Volunteers of Don Bosco and the Volunteers with Don Bosco: the charism of Don Bosco as expressed in the lives and mission of two Secular Institutes. 7. The vocation of the Salesian Co-operator with particular reference to the Project of Apostolic Life . Learning Outcomes: - Students will express familiarity with the nature of the Salesian Family and the significance of their membership in it. They will also get an insight into the mission and identity of the members of the Salesian Family, especially of a Salesian Priest, Lay/Salesian Brother (to be added), Sister, or Lay Volunteer.
BIANCO E., Don Bosco’s Lay Religious: Part One: Essays on the Salesian Brother (New York, 1984); RINALDI P., The Salesian Brother, in Acts of the Superior Council: 40 (Rome, SDB 1989); VECCHI J., Acts of the General Council: 376; VIGANO E., The Common Identity Card of the Salesian Family of Don Bosco (Rome, SDB 1995); VIGANÒ E., Acts of the General Council: 298, 301, 304, 306, 328 and 335.