Buenos Aires, Argentina -14 June, 1947 - In this 1947 photo, we can see Fr Lorenzo Massa, SDB, at the blessing of the first stone of the Don Bosco Temple. In the invitation to the event sent by the Rector of the Salesian House, Fr Mario Pichi, it says: "Your lordship is invited, with your distinguished family, to the laying and blessing of the first stone of the Church dedicated to St. John Bosco." Fr Massa was the founder of schools, the initiator of the "Exploradores Don Bosco" and is known internationally as the founder of the famous Football Club "San Lorenzo de Almagro", which has Pope Francis among its supporters.
Mondonio, Italy – This photograph is one of the oldest in the photographic archives of the Generalate. It shows the house where "at 10.00 p.m. on 9 March 1857, Dominic Savio died a holy death, exclaiming: 'Oh! What a beautiful thing I see! '". This inscription is recorded on the wall of the room where the saint died.
Beagle Bay, Australia - 1906 - Visit to the Salesian Missions at Beagle Bay, Australia, by Bishop William Bernard Kelly, at that time bishop of Geraldton and Vicar Apostolic of Kimberley, Western Australia. Several Salesians were present and the boys from the local boarding school. The Salesians had to leave the missionary work in 1927 following a number of restrictions in immigration policies.
Taipei, Taiwan – 19 March 2017 – This year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated by the Salesian missionaries at Taipei Bosco's Hall. The photograph shows the start of Salesian work in Taipei. To realize the missionary dream of Don Bosco, the Salesians had to travel across the ocean, before reaching Macao, then Hong Kong and finally Taiwan. When they reached the island they went first to Tainan, where they started a vocational school and a parish, and later went to Taipei in 1964.