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Term:    oratory
Definition: As defined in classic Salesian terms: "a home, a school a church and a playground". The prototype of every Salesian work.


POS (part of speech).
     Can be more than one:
     POS 1: N/phrase     
     POS 2: Adj/phrase

 

Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies):
     Type 1: EntryTerm     
     Type 2: EntryTerm

 

Term status:
     for POS 1: Salesian     
     for POS 2: Salesian
(General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)

 

Recommended equivalent (it): oratorio

 

(In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term. In other cases below, if the term has its source in another language, this will be indicated by an [S] following the term.)

 

Recommended equivalent (es): oratorio

 

Recommended equivalent (fr): patronage (fr), oratoire

 

Recommended equivalent (pt): oratorio

 

Suggested equivalent (other) Language code [chosen from IANA registry]):
Other language:

 

Synonyms:
youth centre, oratory-youth centre, festive oratory

 

Geographical/Regional usage:

 

Description:
Don Bosco had before him earlier experiences and patterns in oratory work (Milan, Rome, even Turin - Fr Cocchi's Guardian Angels Oratory). But his differed in important respects:
Valdocco was far from a church, so his oratory was not parish-based.
Most oratories were 'festive', i.e. Sundays and holy days, and then only for a short period; he gathered the youngsters all day, then extended the action to day and evening classes during the week.
Traditional oratories were defined from attendance at church and in parish facilities; instead the boys who came to his oratory came 'to spend the day with Don Bosco', wherever that may happen to be.
Traditional oratories had selective membership; he would have preference for the truly poor and abandoned, and sometimes difficult.
Traditional oratories gave little time to play and recreation. For Don Bosco, his oratory was a 'garden of recreation'.

 

Context (examples of use):

 

Other notes:
Cf. also catechism.
In English it is possible for 'oratory' to be used adjectivally; in fact we are more likely to describe something as 'oratory x' than 'oratorian x', e.g. we would say 'oratory style'.

 

  

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POS (part of speech). A term may be more than one POS
(1) (2)

 

   


Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies)
(1) (2)   
[Initialisms like AGC are regarded as acronyms; a term like 'Bro.' is an abbreviation; an example of short form instead would be the main part of a very long book title (most of DB's book titles! 'Giovane Provveduto' is a short form). A loan term is not translated whereas a calque is. A blend is where two (or more) morphemes or 'word' parts have been combined to form a single term, as in the case of 'austraLasia'. Choose variant when there exists at least one other common form of the term. ]

 


Term status (General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)
(1) (2)   
[Archaic refers to terms that have fallen out of regular use. Deprecated indicates official disapproval or if not disapproval, official abandonment at least. A neologism is a term that has come into play relatively recently - say, since Vatican II, but the time frame can be flexible.]

 

Recommended equivalent (it). In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (es)

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (fr)

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (pt)

   

 

 

Suggested equivalent (other) (Where it is the source term indicated with [S] and appropriate language code [chosen from IANA registry])

   

 


   

 

 


Definition
  
[The definition should not be imagined! It is assumed that it exists either in a reputable dictionary (or at least in similar words) or in some authoritative Salesian reference (e.g. the Constitutions, AGC or similar public document, Lenti's 7 volume series, and so on]

 


Synonyms
  

 


Geographical/Regional usage
  
[Certain terms are common in restricted parts of the Congregation. We have one 'prior' but only in INB; in some parts of Asia the Salesian community is called a 'convent', but not elsewhere]

 


Description

[Etymological information, mostly]

 


Context (examples of use)

[English usage, obviously]  

 


Other notes
  
[Room here for more personal observations, private opinion if felt to be useful]

 

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