This site houses my creative summary on the second of the 19-volume Biographical Memoirs.

Biographical Memoirs is the biography of St. John Bosco.

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-Novice Donnie

Friday, September 28, 2007

Pastoral Training

Below is a list of the typical schedule of activities observed by the priests in the Convitto. Don Bosco himself was oriented to these:

  • Community devotions included morning (lauds) and evening (vespers) prayers
  • Frequent visit to the Blessed Sacrament
  • Five decades of the Rosary each day
  • 30 minutes of daily meditation
  • 15 minutes of daily spiritual reading

Other requirements are as follow:

  • Weekly confession
  • Acts of mortification on Sundays
  • Silence at specified times
  • Monthly exercise for a happy death
  • No one is permitted to attend public shows

Scholastic works:

  • Two daily lectures
  • Study periods in common

Fr. Guala insisted that the rules be fully observed. Students were treated as men, not boys. No penalties were demanded from the rule violators but those who were stubborn were advised to leave.

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