Dear Salesian Family,
As we move into our second year of studying our Founder, Don Bosco, we focus on his Educational Methodology. We call upon the work of Fr. Jack Finnegan, a Salesian scholar from Dublin, who launched this year’s study of Don Bosco by leading the USA Western Province in a day of reflection. The content of the day of reflection is found in this guide, which contextualizes Don Bosco’s Pedagogy within his burning love for God, and demonstrates how his every effort was linked to this encounter with God.
What is more powerful still is the challenging questions Fr. Jack poses to the Salesian world of today. He calls for an examination of our own contexts, an appraisal of our own motivations, and a deep soul-searching of our institutional and personal passions.
Let the fire which moved, molded, and mastered Don Bosco’s educative heart enflame each of our hearts! Let each of the questions he raises open personal reflection and initiate conversations in all of our various contexts.
The work of the Institute of Salesian Studies is committed to this study and renewal of hearts and minds. May the Spirit guide your study and your reflection and may you discover the privileged call to be educators of the heart and shapers of the soul!
-Fr. John Roche, SDB Director of the Institute of Salesian Studies