Family Spirit

The Salesian Family Spirit is rooted in John Bosco’s appreciation and imitation of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. The gentle, down to earth approach and the cultivation of genuine relationships of St. Francis caught the heart of John Bosco and his spirituality expressed itself in creating a family spirit among the young entrusted to him. St. Mary Mazzarello and the first Salesian Sisters developed that same art of leading people in the ways of the Spirit towards configuration with Christ. This tradition is an important and ever-relevant way of living and enculturating the Gospel. The first community of Mornese was stamped with a simple, serene, family atmosphere. This favors the building of authentic relationships, attracts young people, and predisposes them to listening, making them more open to the plan God has for them in life.

Without confidence and love, there can be no true education. If you want to be loved... you must love yourselves, and make your children feel that you love them.

St. John Bosco

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

St. Francis of Assisi