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Term:   Salesian Family
Definition: Don Bosco inspired the start of a vast movement of persons who in different ways work for the salvation of the young.
He himself founded not only the Society of St Francis de Sales but also the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Association of Salesian Cooperators. These live in communion with each other, share the same spirit and, with specifically distinct vocations, continue the mission he began. Together with these groups and with others born later we make up the Salesian Family. (C. 5)

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Term status:
     for POS 1: General     
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(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): Famiglia salesiana


(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): Familia salesiana


Recommended equivalent (fr): Famille salésienne


Recommended equivalent (pt):


Suggested equivalent (other):


Other language:
Language code chosen from IANA registry]


Apostolic Family of Don Bosco


Geographical/Regional usage:


For further information cf. also Mission Statement and Salesian Identity Card but especially the Charter of identity. This latter document in particular makes clear that the term 'family' as used in 'Salesian Family' describes the links that connect the various Groups, even though with different intensity. It is not simple affinity, or generic sympathy but an institutional expression of inward, charismatic and spiritual communion. It can be described in terms of different levels.


The full membership list of the Salesian Family is as follows:


1. Salesians of Don Bosco: (with novices and bishops)
2. Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
3. Salesian Co-operators
4. Past Pupils of Don Bosco
5. Past Pupils of the FMA
6. Women Volunteers of Don Bosco
7. Daughters of Sacred Heart
8. Salesian Oblates of the Sacred Heart
9. Apostles of the Holy Family
10. Caritas Sisters of Jesus
11. Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians
12. Daughters of the Divine Saviour
13.  Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
14. Sisters of Jesus the Adolescent
15. Association Damas Salesianas
16. Association of Mary Help of Christians
17. Catechists Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians
18.  Daughters of the Queenship of Mary Immaculate
19. Volunteers with Don Bosco
20. Witnesses of the Risen Lord TR 2000
21. Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel
22. Congregation of Sisters of the Resurrection
23. Sisters Announcers of the Lord  
24. The Disciples - Secular Institute
25. Friends of "Canção Nova"  
26. Sisters of St Michael the Archangel (Michaelites)
27. Sisters of Maria Auxiliatrix
28. Community of the Mission of Don Bosco (CMB)


Context (examples of use):


Other notes:
The full title is Salesian Family of Don Bosco, to distinguish it from the broader Salesian family, but in the context of the former it is usually employed in its shorter form.




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






[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]




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]



[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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