New Book on St. Francis de Sales


Father Joseph Boenzi’s new book 

St. Francis de Sales

    Life and Spirit


Father Joe Boenzi, a Salesian of Don Bosco, is a well known scholar, teacher and promoter of St. Francis de Sales and his spirit.

 Here is what he says about Salesian Spirituality in the preface of his book:

“Salesian spirituality, molded by the experiences of Francis de Sales, inculcated by Jane Francis de Chantal, articulated by Jean-Pierre Camus, fostered by Louis Brisson, pastorally relaunched by John Bosco, emphasizes what Vatican II would come to term the universal call to holiness. It is an approach born of common sense. God is sought in the ordinary events of life, where the profane is not separated from the sacred. The spirituality of Francis de Sales and of those who follow his approach to the Gospel is attentive to meeting the spiritual needs of lay men and women and supporting them in their day-to-day commitments in the home, in the workplace, and in society. “

  7 x 10, approx 300 pp.

Contents of the BookPart I: Background, Vocation, Ministry         

1. Historical and Political Context  

2. Youthful Experience and Formation         

3. Apostolic Vocation        

4. Bishop and Shepherd    

5. Francis de Sales and Calvinism   

Part II. Foundation of the Visitation

6. Jane de Chantal: Making of a Founder     

7. Visitation: A Community of Women for Women

8. A New Form of Religious Life     

9. From Small Community to Religious Order              

Part III. Legacy of a Devout Life   

10. The Written Works of Saint Francis de Sales         

11. Projects for Pastoral and Cultural Renewal            

12. Last Days of Francis de Sales   

13. Mother de Chantal: Living the Salesian Spirit       

Part IV. Spiritual Theology               

14. Francis de Sales and Theology  

15. Historical Sources of Francis de Sales’s Spirituality

16. On Prayer      

17. Love of God and Neighbor        

18. Towards a Spirituality of Ordinary Life  

19. The Devout Life and Practice of Virtue  

20. Live Jesus!     

Part V. Recognition of Virtues and Influence               

21. Early Biographies        

22. Process of Beatification and Canonization            

23. Doctor of the Church  

24. Patron of Communications       

Appendix 1. Time Line for Francis de Sales  

Appendix 2. Consecrated Life and Salesian Spirit       

Appendix 3. Index of Persons          

Selected Bibilography        


Retail price: $24


$20 if ordered by December 15

 Publication date: January 2013

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These pages are the fruit of spoken sessions and living experiences. I cannot claim to add anything to the great work of so many scholars on themes that derive from Francis de Sales and the Salesian tradition. I can only hope that these pages continue to add to the conversation, allowing people to resonate with Francis de Sales in their own circumstances.                Joseph Boenzi, SDB

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