The opening of these two new rooms represents the completion of the definitive layout of the Don Bosco House Museum.
In one hall there will be a larger space dedicated to the figure of Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello, together with other glorified members of the Salesian Family (the martyrs of Poznam and Spain, the blessed Artemide Zatti, Alberto Marvelli, Zeffirino Namuncurà and Alexandrina Da Costa).
In the second room, 32 display cases will commemorate the memory of various Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Salesian Cooperators, Past Pupils, consecrated persons and lay people of the Salesian Family who lived the charism of Don Bosco in a luminous way.
“A contemporary installation will also show the great tree of the Salesian Family, germinated by the spiritual intuition and heart of the Saint of the young. The showcases are of particular interest as they contain personal objects and writings of those who have embodied the spirituality and pedagogy of Valdocco in an extraordinary way,” explained Fr Cristian Besso, the Rector of Valdocco - with Museum Director, Stefania De Vita.
Also on Wednesday, again chaired by the Rector Major, the temporary photographic exhibition "Lock Art" will also be inaugurated. It expresses a lens eye view of the pandemic as seen from the special vision of 15 photographers from around the world. The exhibition, created in collaboration with “ArtFullFrame”, is opened to the public from 9 September to 21 November.
Subsequently, the Rector Major will be in Pordenone: on Thursday 9th he will receive the “Seal of the City of Pordenone” from the mayor, Alessandro Ciriani, an award given to prominent Pordenone figures and guests who have distinguished themselves over a period of time for their special activity, work and profession. In this sense, the recognition of the Rector Major of the Salesians is also a tribute to the Salesian Congregation for its presence in the city since 1924.
The following day, Fr Á.F. Artime will officially open the event "Listen, Read, Grow", promoted by the EVENTS Association of Pordenone, with its lectio magistralis entitled "The educational challenge in a time of pandemic". The event will then take place from 23 September to 2 October and includes multiple sessions in presence and will also be broadcast online and on TV.
Finally, on Saturday 11 September, the Rector Major will return to Turin to bless and inaugurate the new premises of the "Edoardo Agnelli" Salesian Technical Institute. The program also includes Mass in the courtyards of the institute, with the participation of several representatives of the Educational-Pastoral Community and the Salesian Family, and a moment of fraternal agape.