The Salesian Coat of Arms, designed by Professor Boidi, appeared for the first time in a circular letter of Don Bosco's on 8th December 1885.
The shining star, the large anchor, the heart on fire symbolise the theological virtues; the figure of St Francis de Sales recalls the Patron of the Society; the small wood in the lower part reminds us of the Founder; the high mountains signify the heights of perfection towards which members strive; the interwoven palm and laurel that enfold the shield either side are emblematic of the prize reserved for a virtuous and sacrificial life. The motto Da mihi animas, caetera tolle, expresses every Salesian's ideal.
The zealous pastor and doctor of charity, inspired Don Bosco with his optimistic humanism and his complete dedication to the pastoral care of souls.
In 1854 Don Bosco declared: “Our Lady wants us to begin a Society. I have decided to call ourselves Salesians. Let us place ourselves under the protection of St Francis de Sales, so that we may obtain his extraordinary gentleness.”
In 1854, Don Bosco gave the name ‘Society of St. Francis de Sales’ to the first band of 17 young men who wished to follow him in his work for youth.
|Colletta e Ufficio delle Ore (it)|
|Documents||St Francis de Sales and education (28 KB)|
|St Francis de Sales: Pensamientos n.1 (es) (700 KB)|
|St Francis de Sales: Pensamientos n.2 (es) (4,5 MB)|
|St Francis de Sales in the heart of Don Bosco (28 KB)|
|St Francis de Sales and Savoy (2,7MB)|
|On Consecrated Life (it)|
|Graphics||From Slovenia (color) (1 MB)|
|Links|| Oblates of St Francis de Sales: Resources
DeSales Resources and Ministries
DeSales Spirituality Center
The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture
Santi da Scoprire
Liturgia di San Francesco di Sales