General information on formation including useful documentation.
Formation - general
A good general resource is always www.sdb.org.
The basic document of reference for Salesian formation is the Ratio Fundamentalis
which can be found on The Salesian Web Portal under Formation - documents.
Ratio, or 'Formation of Salesians of Don Bosco: Principles and norms',
its full title, considers Salesian formation in general, the Salesian
formation process, starting from the pre-novitiate and arriving at the
period known as ongoing or continuing formation, which lasts a life
time. In recent years, the notion of formation involving a personal
project of life has become prominent: a personal project which is also
consonant with a community project which in turn takes its place within
the province project. See immediately below for references to planning
at various levels.
The following resources may be useful.
Don't overlook additional ones searchable from the left navigation bar.
- A pastoral planning unit - part
of a postnovitiate course - simply an example of what might
be done in such a course (zio file). Similarly, a
programme (Word doc)
by Fr A. McDonald (Australia). These files are mainly secondary texts,
often observations taken from the process for canonisation of Don
Bosco. zip 1, zip 2 , zip3, zip4.
Translations by Fr V. Zuliani (New Rochelle) 9 Good Nights by Fr. Ricceri;
- A varied collection of zipped files
(*.zip), the result of a range of 10 week courses in Salesian studies
at postnovitiate level. Note: these are the simple work of several
persons and make no claim to completeness - but they might help someone
- The Formation Community Plan Document (2003) from the Formation Department Rome.
- The Personal Life Plan
from the Formation Department Rome.
- The personal Life Plan (in 3 parts, for communities, from AUL) pdf.
- The Salesian Community Plan: Document (2002) from the Formation Department, Rome.
- You can also choose to explore elements of Ongoing Formation,
Pastoral Formation and Other resources.
- Making sense of this nonsense: This is a pdf file, a powerpoint display on material prepared by Fr. Frank Moloney
- What does it mean to be 'consecrated'?
- Don Bosco, Master of Communication: a brief formation resource in leaflet form
- Constitutions; Regulations (pdf): a brief formation resource in leaflet form - C&R referring to Communications.
- Communication in the Salesian Congregation (pdf): a brief formation resource tracing the last 30 years of understanding
SC in the Congregation.
- Salesian holiness
- 8 talks given to Rectors of EAO Region 2004 (at Batulao, Phil.) on the general theme of the spiritual mission of the
Rector and the particular theme of 'The Courage to Lead: Inner landscape of Salesian Rector's mission'. (zip file)