ENG: The exhibition accompanying the Francis de Sales congress was set up this weekend. Twelve posters are representing twelve congregations inspired by Francis de Sales. Twelve works of art depict Francis de Sales, old and new together. And old books and works of art. All are on display in the atrium of the university.
IT: La mostra che accompagna il congresso di Francesco di Sales è stata allestita questo fine settimana. Dodici manifesti rappresentano dodici congregazioni ispirate a Francesco di Sales. Dodici opere d’arte raffigurano Francesco di Sales, vecchio e nuovo insieme. E libri antichi e opere d’arte, tutti in mostra nell’atrio dell’università.
🇬🇧 A lot of practical things for the international convention on Francis of Sales are being done. If everything goes well, the exhibition will be set up at the university hall by the end of next week.
🇮🇹 Sono in corso molte cose pratiche per il convegno internazionale su Francesco di Sales. Se tutto andrà bene, la mostra sarà allestita presso la hall dell’università entro la fine della prossima settimana.
ENG: Today we celebrate the liturgical feast of Charles Borromeo!
Fresh out of the University of Padua, Francis had wanted to visit Milan, the city where the holy bishop had died seven years earlier. He always had the most fervent devotion to him, and this had grown with the friendship that bound him to St Charles’ cousin, Cardinal Federico Borromeo. It is certain his zeal for Catholic reform was very much part of this devotion. In the spring of 1613 he would go in pilgrimage to the tomb of his saintly model; and while celebrating Mass before the crystal casket, would be taken up in rapture…
For twenty years Francis de Sales would strive to bring about in his diocese of Geneva what Charles Borromeo had achieved in his diocese of Milan, meaning reform in accordance with the ideal defined by the Council of Trent. (A. RAVIER, Saint Francis de Sales, Torino, Elledici, 2022, 131-132.)
IT: Oggi celebriamo la festa liturgical di Carlo Borromeo
Francesco, uscito di fresco dall’università di Padova, aveva desiderato visitare Milano, la città dove il santo vescovo era morto sette anni prima. Egli conservò sempre nei suoi confronti la più fervida devozione, ancora accresciuta dall’amicizia che lo legava al cugino di san Carlo, il cardinale Federico Borromeo. È certo che in questa devozione c’entrava, e molto, lo zelo della riforma cattolica. Nella primavera del 1613 egli andrà in pellegrinaggio alla tomba del suo santo modello; celebrando la messa davanti all’urna di cristallo, sarà rapito fuori di se stesso…
Durante vent’anni Francesco di Sales si sforzerà di realizzare nella sua diocesi di Ginevra ciò che Carlo Borromeo aveva realizzato nella diocesi di Milano, e cioè la riforma secondo l’ideale definito dal concilio di Trento. (A. RAVIER, San Francesco di Sales, Torino, Elledici, 2022, 79-80.)
ENG: A monographic issue of the magazine of the Salesian Pontifical University was produced on the occasion of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of the Holy Bishop of Geneva. The journal “Salesianum” includes contributions by Alburquerque, Collin, Gonsalves, Le Goaziou, Marinelli, McGoldrick, Washburn and Wolfteich. Some authors look at the actuality of Francis de Sales, while others write with a historical approach. Next week it is off to the printing presses so that it will be available by the convention of 18-20 November 2022 in Rome.
In the next few weeks, we will gradually be able to announce more details about the concrete course of the long-awaited convention on Saint Francis de Sales.
IT: Un numero monografico della rivista dell’Università Pontificia Salesiana è stato realizzato in occasione della celebrazione del 400° anniversario della morte del Santo Vescovo di Ginevra. La rivista “Salesianum” comprende contributi di Alburquerque, Collin, Gonsalves, Le Goaziou, Marinelli, McGoldrick, Washburn e Wolfteich. Alcuni autori guardano all’attualità di Francesco di Sales, altri scrivono con un approccio storico. La prossima settimana andrà in stampa, in modo da essere disponibile per il convegno del 18-20 novembre 2022 a Roma.
Nelle prossime settimane saremo in grado di annunciare maggiori dettagli sullo svolgimento concreto del tanto atteso congresso su San Francesco di Sales.
Today we celebrate the liturgical feast of Jeanne de Chantal. In this year we also remember that she was born 450 years ago on the 28th of January 1572. Jeanne her life is linked to the figure of Francis de Sales, her director and spiritual guide, of whom she was a follower and at the same time inspirer and collaborator. With the help of Francis de Sales, she gave life to a new foundation dedicated to the Visitation, the love for God and the assistance of the poor and the sick.
(Photo credits: Claude Mellan, Sainte Jeanne Frémiot de Chantal, around 1641, Metropolitan Museum for Art, New York, USA)
Many congregations, organizations, and institutions are inspired by the spiritual legacy of Saint Francis de Sales, but Francis himself founds only one order. It is in the year 1610 when Saint Francis de Sales founded the Order of the Visitation of Saint Mary in Annecy together with Saint Jeanne de Chantal. Afterward, and very soon in the 17th century, other congregations that had Francis de Sales as their patron saint was founded, but the Visitation, starting in Annecy and soon spreading in the kingdom of France and other countries are the only one founded by the bishop.
We are delighted that the order of the visitation will also be present at the congress in Rome this fall and that a sister of the visitation will come to tell us about the foundation of her order and the Franciscan inspiration.
The origins of the “Saint Francis de Sales Association” date back to 1872, when Abbé Henri Chaumont and Caroline Colchen Carré de Malberg (picture), on October 15, founded the “Daughters of St Francis de Sales” in Paris. It was to be an association of lay people living in the world for the service and glory of God according to the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales.
Abbé Chaumont can be called a true disciple and promotor of the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales. He discovered writings of the bishop of Genève when he was in the seminary in d’Issy-les-Moulineaux and later in Saint-Sulpice. He founded in 1872 the Société des Filles de Saint François de Sales (Saint Francis de Sales Association) with later on will give origine to the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, in september 1876 la Société des prêtres de saint François de Sales, and in november 1876 the Société des Fils de saint François de Sales
In 1911, the Holy See approved the Saint Francis de Sales Association. The Association is a spiritual family that seeks the personal holiness of its members.
The history, the spirituality, and the pastoral activity of the Saint Francis de Sales Association will be presented at the convention in November as one of the 15 institutes inspired by the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales.
(Picture credits: G. Bernoville, Madamme Carré de Malberg. Fondatrice de la Société des Filles de Saint François de Sales, Paris, Grasset, 1951)
Today we celebrate the liturgical feast of Saint Philip Neri. Francis de Sales was, and that is the least we can say, an ardent admirer of Saint Philip.
In the “Treatise on the Love of God,” Francis de Sales writes: “The Blessed Philip Neri, at fourscore years of age, had such an inflammation of heart through divine love, that the heat making the ribs give way to it, greatly enlarged them, and broke the fourth and fifth, that the heart might receive air and be refreshed.” (Book VI Chapter 15)
They are often depicted together in art. This drawing is by Baroni Giuseppe and is located in Palazzo dei Filippini in Lodi.