The notebook with the names of the first young people who formed the Salesian Congregation

On 18 December, the Salesian Congregation will celebrate its first 162 years. In fact, it was born in Turin, on December 18, 1859, with 17 members in addition to the founder, Giovanni Bosco, and with the name of "Pious Society of Saint Francis de Sales".

December 18, 1859, was a Sunday and that day, at 9 PM, the 17 members gathered at the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales and wrote their names in a notebook.

It was a notebook printed in a Turin printing house with 24 sheets sewn together and horizontal lines to facilitate writing.

Here the 18 names of the first members of the Congregation were written. Their average age was 20 years.

The small notebook still exists and is exhibited in the rooms of the Casa Don Bosco House Museum in Turin.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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