Gò Vấp, Vietnam - 1952 - The first Salesian work in Vietnam was a boarding school in Hanoi. Opened in 1952, it was closed for political reasons in 1954. Only after 40 years were the Salesians able to return and rebuild the Church in the region. In their first two years of activity (1952-1954), they promoted several workshops, including tailoring.
Turin, Italy - June 1854 - Carlo Gastini (1833 - 1902) was one of the first young interns to live in the oratory's residence. Initially interested in religious life, he then turned to lay life. According to the chronicles of Fr Carlo Viglietti, he was one of the lay people who stayed at the Oratory and, together with the other "past pupils of the Oratory", every 24 June offered a sort of academy and homage in honor of Don Bosco.
Turin, Italy - October 1, 1947 - On October 1, 1947, a souvenir photo of the 108 Salesians of Don Bosco was taken at the "Valsalice" Institute in Turin, among Provincials and delegates from various parts of the world who participated in the 16th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation, in which Fr Pietro Ricaldone was re-elected Rector Major. In that Chapter, the Spiritual Exercises were preached by Msgr. Vincenzo Cimatti and Fr Eugenio Ceria.
Barcelona, Spain - 1886 - It is May 3, 1886, Don Bosco is in Barcelona. He had faced a long and painful journey. In the chronicles of those days, it is often repeated that Don Bosco is “dead tired.” The photo was taken in the park of the villa of Fr Luìs Martì-Codolar, a great benefactor of Don Bosco. During his stay in Barcelona, Don Bosco was literally "eaten" by an overflowing crowd. He assures that "never, neither in Italy, nor in France and in Paris itself had he ever seen such a thing". Two days earlier, a citizens' committee even gave him Mount Tibidabo.
We see him abandoned in the armchair, exhausted. To walk he had to be supported by two people. He holds his arms, exhausted by the thousands and thousands of blessings and communions distributed. Fr Michele Rua, who leans over him, the cleric Viglietti and Fr Branda shield him because people want to "touch" him. The face of Don Bosco, understanding and helpful, expresses a subdued, intimate satisfaction, all his own.