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Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart: history
The Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart (SOSC) were founded on 8 December 1933 in the very small diocese of Bova, in Calabria.
The founder is Msgr. Giuseppe Cognata, then bishop of that diocese.
In 1935 the novitiate was opened in Bova Marina and on 8 December of the same year the first professions were celebrated.
In July 1952 the novitiate from Bova was transferred to Tivoli and the position of mother teacher passed to Sister Bice Giuseppina Carini.
Basilicas: 4 interesting facts to know
The name basilica derives from the Greek βασιλική (phonetically basilikè), a word meaning "royal" or "regal", an ellipse of the complete expression basilikè oikìa, which means "royal house".
The Pope is the only person who has the power to grant the title of basilica to a temple.
A young and international Congregation
The Salesian Congregation shows a decrease in the number of newly professed: 102 less than in 1996.
However, there is a generational change and the head office database indicates that:
Salesians and novices under 35 are 3,355;
those over 75 are 2,751.
(data updated to 31 December 2017)