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Who is past pupil?

A person who received a preparation for life based on the principles of Don Bosco’s Preventive System in a Salesian Oratory or a School or another Salesian Presence.

The Past Pupils of Don Bosco are persons who because they attended an oratory, a school or another Salesian Presence, received a preparation for life, based on the principles of Don Bosco’s Preventive System: reason, religion and loving-kindness. Enriched by the Christian formation and Charisma of Don Bosco, we are witnesses in our daily life through our apostolic engagement based on the “education received”.

1870

ORIGIN

100 +

COUNTRIES

100k +

MEMBERS

Our history

Where it all started

The Story of “Exallievi” begins in 1870 when Don Bosco was celebrating his feast day, and a group of his former students from Valdocco wanted to mark this special day by thanking him and presenting him with a coffee set as a gift. Due to the significance of this day, the Past Pupils celebrate their feast on the 24th June, as a way to remember their foundation.

In 1908, thanks to Blessed Philip Rinaldi, the World Confederation of the Past Pupils approved its first statute. The World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco is composed by Past Pupils (schools, oratories, youth centers, etc.) and friends of Don Bosco. “Exallievi”) are present all over the world and are the most numerous group of the Salesian Family.

Mission

Put our knowledge and competences, as lay professionals, at the service of our members, the Salesian Family and Society, by fulfilling the motto: “Honest Citizens and Good Christians”.

Vision

Work to help Past Pupils of Don Bosco become “Salt of the earth and light of the world”

Values

The Past Pupils Movement is built upon the common values:

  • Life
  • Freedom
  • Truth
  • Solidarity
  • Fraternity
  • Communion

We support and guide our members in fulfilling these values in their daily life with professional competence, moral conscience and social commitment; promoting the common good as stated in the Social Teaching of the Church.

PRAYER AND PROMISE

GOD, OUR FATHER, THROUGH THE MEDIATION OF YOUR SON, JESUS, AND THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT JOHN BOSCO  give heed to the prayers of the Past Pupils all over the world.

WE THANK YOU for the invaluable gift of education which we have received, under the enlightened guidance of the Salesians, which have instilled our lives with the Salesian Spirituality.

WE ASK YOU WITH FAMILIAL TRUST Give us strength and courage to live the human and Christian message, in the Society and in the Church. Encourage us to become “good Christians and honest citizens”, Help us to live together and promote solidarity in our Association and beyond it. Strengthen our faith, hope and charity.

WE PROMISE YOU to fight against injustice, blackmail, superficiality, indifference, and to defend at all costs, the values inspired from Don Bosco’s teaching, especially life, freedom and truth with a spirit of social, political and financial commitment, and to be, “the salt of the earth and light of the world”with a strong influence in the world and in the Church.

WE BEG YOUto watch over our Salesian Family, our dear ones and all of us. Amen.

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