Salesian Anniversary and Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of St Francis de Sales

The Salesian Days are 50 years old!

The Salesian Days are open to all those who, lay, priests, religious, couples, families, young people, students, wish to live a spiritual approach in a friendly and fraternal sharing. Pilgrimage session on the footsteps of Saint Francis de Sales at Annecy, Thonon, Thorens, Saint-Germain.

This year the Salesian Days are 50 years old! They will take place from 10 to 14 July 2017.

The opportunity to take a retrospective look at a long and patient work of exploring the rich work of Francis de Sales, in order to make it speak to our contemporaries, beyond the reductive cliques. The opportunity is also to return to the source by putting, 450 years later, our steps in those of the illustrious Savoyard, born on August 21, 1567 in Thorens, near Annecy, in the Duchy of Savoy.

The days are organized by the Association RES (Research and Salesian Studies) and the Oblates and Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales. They are held at the Jean XXIII Center in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Program of these days:

Monday 10th July – Annecy-le-Vieux – Center Jean-XXIII – Welcome at 16h
Opening of the session: Jean-Luc Leroux, osfs, president of the RES association and Philippe Legros, author of “François de Sales, a teacher in pedagogy”
The Salesian Days of 1967 with the creation of the association RES
The RES Association and the Salesian Days today
Opening Mass
Evening: DVD: Morning Sentinels, François de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal

Tuesday 11 July – Thonon-les-Bains.
Speaker: Alain Dufour, Doctor H.C. of the University of Geneva, publisher of the Correspondance de Théodore de Bèze
The Lord of Avully, Theodore de Beza and Francis de Sales: a dialogue between Catholics and Protestants at the end of the 16th century.
Mass at the Visitation of Marclaz
Guided tour: Anne-Marie Baud, fma-sdb
Châteaux of the Allinges,
Salesian places in Thonon

Wednesday 12 July – Annecy. Speaker: Bernard Podvin, psfs.
Assistant for France of the Visitation Federations
François de Sales as a whole in his episcopate: an actuality of a holiness and a passion
Mass at the Visitation of Annecy
Guided tour: Christian Regat, honorary president of the Salesian Academy. Salesian places of Annecy
Evening: General Assembly of the association RES

Thursday 13 July
Hermitage of Saint Germain de Talloires
Speakers: Thierry Mollard and Pierre Bayle, osfs
François de Sales and the Hermitage of Saint Germain Sharing a meditation on “The Introduction to the Devout Life” by François de Sales
Thorens-Glières. Guided tour: Anne-Marie Baud, fma-sdb – Chapel of Sales, castle of Thorens
Mass at the church of Thorens-Glières
Evening friendly: Savoyard meal

Friday 14th of July Annecy-le-Vieux Center Jean XXIII
Speaker: Philippe Annaert, Doctor of Arts, Professor at the Theological Institute of Brussels.
François de Sales, Reform Bishop and Founder of Order
Conclusion of the Salesian Days:
Jean-Luc Leroux and Philippe Legros
Closing Mass – End of the J.S. at 2.30 pm

More information and registration here.

“Love is the perfection of the mind

“Love is the perfection of the mind.”
Salesian Studies presented to ALEXANDER T. POCETTO, O.S.F.S. on the occasion of his 90th birthday Edited by Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS and Thomas Dailey, OSFS and Daniel Wisniewski, OSFS forthcoming, June 2017 ————————————————————————————————————————————————
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES (1567-1622), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, famously describes the human being as a microcosm of the universe, in which “mind is the perfection of man; love is the perfection of the mind; and charity is the perfection of love.” This teaching also beautifully characterizes the life of Fr. Alexander (“Sandy”) Pocetto, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales whose work, as priest and professor, has advanced the appreciation of Salesian Christian Humanism, to the benefit of people around the world.
On the occasion of Fr. Pocetto’s 90th birthday this year, an international group of scholars who specialize in Salesian studies contributed to a collection of essays in his honor (a “festschrift”). Former students, university colleagues, and Oblate confreres have joined forces to explore a variety of subjects near and dear to his loving mind. His academic interest in these areas of study and his living example of these Salesian themes provide the impetus to this publication, which is presented in tribute to one who, in the tradition of his Salesian patron, has taught so many what it means to be who you are and be that perfectly well.
Along with a bibliography of his writings and a postscript on his career (by Daniel Gambet, OSFS), the book includes essays that touch upon core topics in Salesian Spirituality:
 on St. Francis de Sales
o “From Francis to Francis: How a Saint & a Pope Share a Vision of Preaching” (by Thomas Dailey, OSFS)
o “Francis de Sales: A Humanist Biblical Theologian of the Renaissance” (by Terence McGoldrick)
 on the Visitation of Holy Mary
o “Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary: Witness to a Catholicism of Douceur” (by Thomas Donlan)
o “St. Jane de Chantal and Grief” (by Daniel Wisniewski, OSFS)
o “The Visitation Stream of Salesian Spirituality” (by Wendy Wright)
 on the Introduction to the Devout Life
o “Mystagogy and Emblematic Thinking” (by Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS)
o “Reflections on Salesian Christology” (by Christian Krokus)
 on the Treatise on the Love of God
o “Affairs of the Heart: Salesian Prayer” (by Eunan McDonnell, SDB)
o “The Women of the Old Testament” (by Suzanne Toczyski)
—————————————————————————————————————————————————— The work is published by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University, where Fr. Pocetto has taught since its opening in 1965 and where he continues to serve as the Senior Salesian Scholar.
pre-publication sale (order before June 15th) = $25 + $3 shipping // publication price = $35 + $3 shipping
The book is distributed through Embraced by God at DeSales Resources and Ministries: to order your copy, contact EbG by email ( or by phone (1-800-782-2270).

Visitation Order Celebrates 407 Years!

June 6, 2017 marks 407 years since the Visitation of Holy Mary, our contemplative Order in the Church, was founded by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal!

From our First Monastery in Annecy, France to our most recent in SAMOA, founded just last month,Visitandines aim to Live Jesus by gentleness, humility and patience, in the Heart of Jesus.

In September we will hold a General Assembly of our Order.

We pray for you; please also keep us in your prayers.