Quotes of Don Bosco
A DREAM THAT CONTINUES
Don Bosco’s heart still beats today, here in Cairo.
From Valdoco onwards, the essence of every Salesian pastoral work is the spirit of the oratorio; An energy resides not so much in the walls and the physical equipment of the Salesi House, but in the heart of those who enthusiastically accept the challenge of educating and evangelizing for young people.
For many years, hundreds of people have devoted time, energy, enthusiasm, passion, resources, and tools to ensure that our founder’s dream continues among young Egyptians.
- Catechism for Primary School Students
- Catechism for Secondary School
- Animators formation
- Sports activities
The oratorio of St. Francis of Sales at Valdocco was the first settled work, the work that started all the others. The educational environment that was born in the oratorio was the result of Saint Don Bosco’s response to the needs of the neediest adolescents and youths of the city of Turin. Most of them, along with Christian education, provided health recreation, primary education, and lifelong work skills. Don Bosco was able to secure the Christian formation and commitment of the youth who presented him with the most pressing educational challenges.
Don Bosco’s personal imprint gave shape to an oratorio and his practice became a preventative standard that has been applied over the years: From some services designed for young people to a family presence of teachers among young people, in recreational activities and religious proposals.
The Oratorio Don Bosco is the origin of all Salesian works and is the model of the first. With this revelation, all the different projects and the Salesian Missionary Evangelical services were developed.
In a situation where children’s leisure time is saturated with various activities which are often also managed by civic institutions with huge resources, the oratorio welcomes requests for activities with interest in oratorio spirit, style, and quality, and cooperation with families. The Salesian oratorio was able to adapt to new situations, in different ways, even using different names. In some contexts, the term “oratorio” means a center specifically intended for children (children and pre-teens), open to a wide audience, as well as a commitment to more mature youth.