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Coat of arms of the Salesians

Logo of the Salesians

Map showing the regions marked with the locations of provincial and vice provincial headquarters.

Abbreviation SDB

Motto Da mihi Animas cætera tolle ("Give me souls, take away the rest")

Formation 18 December 1859 (1859-12-18)

Founder John Bosco

Type Clerical Religious Congregation (Clerical religious institute of pontifical right)

Purpose Dedicated to do apostolic works

Headquarters Direzione Generale Opere Don Bosco, Via della Pisana 1111, Casella Postale 18333, 00163 Roma

Membership (2014)

15,298 (14,731 without novices and bishops)

Rector Major

Ángel Fernández Artime

Vicar of the Rector Major

Francesco Cereda

Main organ

Rector Major And General Council

Website sdb.org/en

Formerly called

Society of St Francis of Sales

Statue of Don Bosco
Don Bosco
at St. John Bosco
John Bosco
Parish Church, Taipei, Taiwan

The Salesians of Don Bosco
Don Bosco
(SDB; also known as the Salesian Society; officially named the Society of St. Francis de Sales) is a Roman Catholic Latin Rite
Latin Rite
religious institute founded in the late nineteenth century by Italian priest Saint John Bosco
John Bosco
to help poor children during the Industrial Revolution. The Salesians' charter describes the society's mission as "the Christian perfection of its associates obtained by the exercise of spiritual and corporal works of charity towards the young, especially the poor, and the education of boys to the priesthood".[1] The institute is named after Francis de Sales, an early-modern bishop from Geneva.

Contents

1 History 2 Salesian Coat of Arms 3 Logo of the society

3.1 Various elements of the new logo 3.2 Relation to the traditional coat of arms 3.3 Process of logo selection

4 Organization 5 Works 6 Women's institute 7 Notable members 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] In 1845 Don John Bosco
John Bosco
("Don" being a traditional Italian honorific for a priest) opened a night school for boys in Valdocco, now part of the municipality of Turin
Turin
in Italy. In the following years, he opened several more schools, and in 1857 drew up a set of rules for his helpers, which became the Rule of the Society of St. Francis de Sales, which Pope Pius IX
Pope Pius IX
approved definitively in 1873. The Society grew rapidly, with houses established in France
France
and Argentina
Argentina
within a year of the Society's formal recognition. Its official print organ, the Salesian Bulletin, was first published in 1877. Over the next decade the Salesians expanded into Austria, Britain, Spain, and several countries in South America. The death of Don Bosco in 1888 did not slow the Society's growth. By 1911 the Salesians were established throughout the world, including Colombia, China, India, South Africa, Tunisia, Venezuela
Venezuela
and the United States. The Society continues to operate worldwide; in 2000, it counted more than 17,000 members in 2,711 houses. It is the third-largest missionary organization in the world.[2] Salesian Coat of Arms[edit] The Salesian Coat of Arms was designed by Professor Boidi. It was published for the first time in a circular letter of Don Bosco
Don Bosco
on 8 December 1885. It consist of a shining star, the large anchor, and the heart on fire to symbolize the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. The figure of St. Francis de Sales
Francis de Sales
recalls the Patron of the Society. The small wood in the lower part refers to the Founder of the society; the high mountains signify the heights of perfection towards which members strive; the interwoven palm and laurel that enfold the shield on either side are emblematic of the prize reserved for a virtuous and sacrificial life. The motto Da mihi animas, caetera tolle meaning "Give me souls, Take away the rest" is featured at the bottom. Logo of the society[edit] The logo of the Salesians of Don Bosco
Don Bosco
is made up of two superimposed images: in the background a stylised “S” (Salesians) in white is formed within a sphere like a globe, marked to the right and left by two cuttings between the hills/dunes. The second image is in the centre of the globe bridging the “S” road. This is an arrow pointing upwards, resting on three perpendicular legs on top of which are three closed circles, making a stylised image of three people: the first of these in the middle and taller than the others is the point of the arrow, and the other two beside it appear as it were to be embraced by the central figure. The three stylised figures with the arrow pointing upwards can also be viewed as a simple dwelling with a sloping roof and with pillars holding it up (the bodies of the three people). The logo contains elements from German and Brazilian provinces. It is designed with the central theme " Don Bosco
Don Bosco
and the Salesians walking with the young through the world." Various elements of the new logo[edit]

Don Bosco, the Salesian and young people: Three stylized figures represent St. John Bosco
John Bosco
reaching out to the young, and his call for Salesians to continue his work The Salesian charism and the preventive system: The road represents an educational journey for the youth, the house represents Bosco's Oratories of Reason, Religion, and Kindness (three columns of house). The Salesian charism, relevant and worldwide: The background is a stylized heart that is also reminiscent of a globe. Color composition of the logo is:[3]

     - Foreground: Cyan 6%, magenta 100%, yellow 82%, black 0%.      - Background: Magenta 22%, Yellow 44%

Relation to the traditional coat of arms[edit]

Traditional Coat of Arms Current Salesian logo

Three Virtues (Faith, Hope, Kindness) Star, Anchor, Inflamed Heart Three circles

Patron of the Salesians Image of St. Francis de Sales Stylized 'S'

Founder of the Salesians The wood (Bosco) Central figure of three persons

Perfection and Aspiration Mountains (height) Road (journey)

Virtue and Sacrifice Intertwined palm and laurel Circular stylized heart / open arms of central figure

Salesian Motto Ribbon containing Da Mihi Animas Caetera Tolle Saint John Bosco
John Bosco
with open arms

Process of logo selection[edit] The new logo is the result of combining two logos already established for years in some parts of the Congregation: the German logo and the Brazilian logo. The idea of combining the two came out of suggestions from an enquiry about the new logo conducted throughout the Congregation and from contributions by the General Council. The combination, besides profiting from the mutual enrichment of the elements, is intended to be an expression of communion and of intercultural dialogue. The artistic work of combining the two was carried out by the designer Fabrizio Emigli, from the Litos Company, in Rome. Organization[edit]

Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians
Rector Major of the Salesians
of Don Bosco (2014-present)

The Salesians of Don Bosco
Don Bosco
are headed by the Rector Major and the society's general council; each of the ninety-four geographical provinces is headed by a Provincial. These officers serve six-year terms; the Rector Major and the members of the general council are elected by the Chapter General, which meets every six years or upon the death of the Rector Major. Each local Salesian community is headed by a superior, called a Rector (or more commonly, "Director"), who is appointed to a three-year term and can be renewed for a second three-year term. The current Rector Major of the Salesians
Rector Major of the Salesians
of Don Bosco
Don Bosco
is the Very Reverend Father Ángel Fernández Artime. Father Artime, a Spaniard who most recently served as provincial in southern Argentina, was elected on 25 March 2014. Fr. Fernandez was born in Gozon-Luanco in Spain
Spain
in 1960, and made his first profession in 1978. He took perpetual profession in 1984, and was ordained a priest in 1987. He holds a doctorate in pastoral theology, and a licentiate in philosophy and pedagogy. He has served the congregation as youth ministry delegate, director of the school at Ourense. He was a member of the provincial council of Leon, later serving as vice provincial, and then provincial from 2000 to 2006. In 2009, he was appointed Salesian provincial for southern Argentina, a post he held until his election as rector major. It was in this capacity that he came to know, and worked with, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), the archbishop of Buenos Aires. Prior to his election as Rector Major, Artime was appointed in December 2013 as head of the new Seville
Seville
province.[4]

Map showing the regional organization of the Salesians of Don Bosco, dotted with the location of the headquarters of Salesian provinces and vice-provinces.

Salesian provinces and sub-provinces

Inter-America Latin America - Southern Cone North Europe West Europe Italy
Italy
- Middle East Africa
Africa
- Madagascar South Asia East Asia
Asia
- Oceania

Antilles (ANT) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina
(ABA) Austria
Austria
(AUS) South Belgium (BES) Triveneto, Italy
Italy
(IAD) Central Africa
Africa
(AFC) Bangalore, India
India
(INK) Australia-Pacific (AUL)

Bolivia (BOL) Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Argentina
(ABB) North Belgium (BEN) France
France
(FRA) Piedmont & Valle d' Aosta, Italy
Italy
(ICP) East Africa
Africa
(AFE) Chennai, India
India
(INM) China-Hong Kong-Macau- Taiwan
Taiwan
(CIN)

Central America (CAM) Cordoba, Argentina
Argentina
(ACO) Czech Republic (CEP) Portugal (POR) Lombardy-Emilia Romagna, Italy
Italy
(ILE) SUB-PROVINCE Ethiopia Eritrea (AET) Dimapur, India
India
(IND) Timor Leste (TL)

Canada (CAN) La Plata, Argentina
Argentina
(ALP) Croatia (CRO) Barcelona, Spain
Spain
(SBA) Liguria-Tuscany, Italy
Italy
(ILT) SUB-PROVINCE Tropical Equatorial (ATE) Guwahati, India
India
(ING) South Korea (KOR)

Bogota, Colombia
Colombia
(COB) Rosario, Argentina
Argentina
(ARO) East Europe (EST) Bilbao, Spain
Spain
(SBI) Sicily, Italy SUB-PROVINCE French West Africa
Africa
(AFO) Hyderabad, India
India
(INH) Japan (GIA)

Medellin, Colombia
Colombia
(COM) Belo Horizonte, Brazil (BBH) Great Britain (GBR) Leon, Spain
Spain
(SLE) Northeast Italy
Italy
(INE) SUB-PROVINCE English West Africa
Africa
(AFW) Kolkata, India
India
(INC) Papua New Guinea-Solomon Islands (FIN)

Ecuador (ECU) Salvador, Brazil (BSD) Germany (GER) Madrid, Spain
Spain
(SMA) Sardinia, Italy
Italy
(ISA) SUB-PROVINCE Angola (ANG) Mumbai, India
India
(INB) Philippines North (FIN) Philippines South (FIS)

Haiti (HAI) Campo Grande, Brazil (BCG) Malta
Malta
(MLT) Hungary (UNG) Sevilla, Spain
Spain
(SSE) Sicily, Italy
Italy
(ISI) SUB-PROVINCE Madagascar (AFO) New Delhi, India
India
(INN)

Guadalajara, Mexico (MEG) Manaus, Brazil (BMA) Ireland (IRL) Valencia, Spain
Spain
(SVA) Middle East (MOR) SUB-PROVINCE Zambia-Malawi-Zimbabwe-Namibia (ZMB) Tiruchy, India
India
(INT) Thailand-Cambodia-Laos (THA)

Mexico City, Mexico (MEM) Porto Alegre, Brazil (BPA) Warsaw, Poland (PLE)     SUB-PROVINCE Maputo (MOZ) Panjim, India
India
(INP) Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco
John Bosco
of Vietnam (Vie) Province Salesians of Don Bosco
Don Bosco
in Vietnam (Vie) Address: 54 Road 5 - Quarter 4 - Linh xuan ward - Thu Duc district - Ho Chi Minh City Telephone: (84-8) 37.240.473 Fax : 08.37240 647 Email : sdbvn@vnn.vn

Peru (PER) Porto Velho, Brazil (BPV) Pila, Poland (PLN) DELEGATION Rwanda-Burundi-Goma (RBG) SUB-PROVINCE Yangon, Myanmar (MYM)  

East United States
United States
(SUE) Recife, Brazil (BRE) Wroclaw, Poland (PLO)   SUB-PROVINCE Colombo, Sri Lanka (LKC)

West United States
United States
(SUO) Sao Paulo, Brazil (BSP) Krakow, Poland (PLS)  

Venezuela
Venezuela
(VEN) Chile (CHL) Slovakia (SLK)

  Paraguay (PAR) Slovenia (SLO)

Uruguay (URU) Ukraine (UKR)

Inter-America Latin America - Southern Cone North Europe West Europe Italy
Italy
- Middle East Africa
Africa
- Madagascar South Asia East Asia
Asia
- Oceania

Works[edit] Salesian communities primarily operate shelters for homeless or at-risk youths; schools; technical, vocational, and language instruction centers for youths and adults; and boys' clubs and community centers. In some areas they run parish churches. Salesians are also active in publishing and other public communication activities, as well as mission work, especially in Asia
Asia
( Siberia
Siberia
- in the Yakutsk
Yakutsk
area), Africa, and South America
South America
(Yanomami). The Salesian Bulletin is now published in fifty-two editions, in thirty languages. In the 1990s Salesians launched new works in the area of tertiary education, and today have a network of over 58 colleges and universities. The official university of the Salesian Society is the Salesian Pontifical University
Salesian Pontifical University
in Rome. Women's institute[edit] The women's institute is known as the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco or, more officially, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA). Visitationist sisters, members of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, are also sometimes called Salesian Sisters, in honor of one of their founders, Saint Francis de Sales. However, the two societies are not the same and their membership does not overlap. Notable members[edit]

Mgr. Van Looy, Bishop of Ghent

Angelo Amato Alexandrina of Balazar Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo
Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo
(Nobel Peace Laureate 1996) Chuck Harding Tarcisio Bertone Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco Carlo Braga Giovanni Cagliero Rosalio José Castillo Lara Sean Devereux Raffaele Farina August Hlond Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga Javier de Nicoló Miguel Obando y Bravo Antonio María Javierre Ortas Massimo Palombella Michele Rua (First Successor of Don Bosco) Vincenzo Savio Raúl Silva Henríquez Alfons Maria Stickler Štěpán Trochta Ignacio Velasco Titus Zeman Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

See also[edit]

Don Bosco
Don Bosco
School Rector Major of the Salesians Croatian Salesian Province of Saint Don Bosco Salesian Pastoral Youth Service, a Maltese Salesian developmental team of religious and lay youth leaders Salesians in Hungary Salesians in the Philippines Sexual abuse scandal in the Salesian order Bartolome Blanco Marquez, martyr of the religious persecutions of the Spanish Civil War Giuseppe Moja Jan Tyranowski, mentor of the young Karol Wojtyla, later to be Pope John Paul II

References[edit]

^  Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "The Salesian Society". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 2015-01-16.  ^ "About the Salesians in Ireland".  ^ "The Logo Of The Salesian Headquarters". Direzione Generale Opere Don Bosco. Retrieved 16 January 2015.  ^ "Salesians' new leader worked with Bergoglio in Argentina". 

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People

St. Francis de Sales
Francis de Sales
(Patron) St. John Bosco
John Bosco
(Founder) Ven. Margherita Occhiena
Margherita Occhiena
(Mother of John Bosco) Fr. Giovanni Melchiorre Calosso (Mentor) Luigi Comollo
Luigi Comollo
(Friend) St. Joseph Cafasso St. Callistus Caravario St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello
Maria Domenica Mazzarello
(Co-founder of the Salesian Sisters) St. Leonardo Murialdo St. Dominic Savio St. Louis Versiglia Bl. Pope Pius IX
Pope Pius IX
(Called John Bosco's Pope) Bl. Ceferino Namuncurá Bl. Laura Vicuña

Rectors Major

Don Bosco Michael Rua Paul Albera Philip Rinaldi Pietro Ricaldone Renato Ziggiotti Luis Ricceri Egidio Viganò Juan Edmundo Vecchi Pascual Chávez Villanueva Ángel Fernández Artime

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