RMG - Sanctity in the Salesian Family - best testimonies of Don Bosco in the world and in history:

07 February 2018

(ANS - Rome) - "A cause of beatification is not an arid procedure, but a pilgrimage of faith in research, meditation and imitation of the virtuous heroism of the saints," said Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator General for the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family to explain his peculiar mission. The Postulator has just published a dossier on the current state of Salesian Sanctity, to December 2017, which contains very interesting data on the testimonies of many men and women who followed Don Bosco on the path of sanctity. It also presents an invitation and call for the whole Salesian Family to advance the causes in progress.

To date, the Salesian Family boasts: 9 saints, 118 blessed, 16 venerables and 26 servants of God. Five causes are now being followed.

In this ample harvest of sanctity, it is possible to identify many and various dimensions of holiness: of youth (Dominic Savio, Laura Vicuña, Ceferino Namuncurà), the missionary (Maria Troncatti, Stefano Ferrando, Francesco Convertini, Costantino Vendrame, Oreste Marengo ...), of the altruistic (Andrea Beltrami, Augusto Czartoryski, Luigi Variara, Eusebia Palomino, Alexandrina Maria da Costa ...), vocational (Stefano Sándor and the new blessed Titus Zeman), episcopal (Luigi Versiglia, Luigi Olivares, August Hlond, Octavio Ortiz Arrieta), and others, including Salesian soldiers, Salesian men and women of science.

Faced with the grace of many and similar testimonies present in the Salesian Family, Fr Cameroni invited all members of the various Salesian groups to each do their part. "One thing that makes us think is that the last canonization of the Salesian Family, promoted by our Postulation, is that of St. Dominic Savio (12 June 1954), more than 63 years ago! The canonization of St. Luigi Versiglia and St. Callisto Caravario received dispensation from the miracle granted by Pope John Paul II. Responsible for the cause is not only the Postulator, or some individual devotees, but the ecclesial communities in the various components involved (dioceses, parishes, congregations, associations, groups ...) need express interest, enthusiasm and participation."

In order to cultivate and appropriately enhance this patrimony of holiness, the Postulator announced the 2nd Seminar for the promotion of the causes of beatification and canonization in the Salesian Family to be held between 10 and 14 April, 2018, in Rome.

The complete report on the sanctity of the Salesian Family is available, in various languages, on the sdb.org site.


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