About the Salesian Scholars Seminar

The Salesian Scholars Seminar was established in 1994 by Fr. Joseph Power, OSFS to encourage the creation and dissemination of scholarly studies of the spiritual legacy of Saints Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, the communities they founded and the movements they inspired. The seminar meets bi-annually during which members present and discuss their original research. Members have diverse disciplinary, academic and institutional affiliations. The fruits of the seminar become available to the public through a wide array of scholarly journals, books and monographs.

The Seminar is coordinated by scholars Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS and Wendy M. Wright PhD.


The following bibliographies are the works of some of the Salesian Seminar participants.

Boenzi, Joseph, SDB


Saint Francis de Sales, Life and Spirit. Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resources and Ministries, 2013.

San Francisco de Sales: su espíritu e influencia. Quito: Centro Regional de Formación Permanente, 2000.


Aubry, Joseph. Savio, A Study Guide to accompany «Saint Dominic Savio» by Saint John Bosco, translated by Joseph Boenzi; 2nd rev. ed. New Rochelle, NY: Salesiana Publishers, 2002.

Aubry, Joseph. Savio, a study guide for parents, priests, educators to accompany «Saint Dominic Savio» by Saint John Bosco, translated by Joseph Boenzi; A Patron Book. New Rochelle, NY: Don Bosco Publications, 1979.


“Don Bosco and the Conditions of Pre-Industrial Youth in His Times”, in Seminare 38 (July-December 2014): publication pending.

“Reconstructing Don Albera’s Reading List”, in Ricerche Storiche Salesiane 63, anno 33, n. 2 (luglio-dicembre 2014): pp. 203-272.

“Spreading the name and work of Francis de Sales during the 1600s through the 1800s”, in Sviluppo del carisma di don Bosco fino alla metà del secolo XX: Atti del Congresso Internazionale di Storia Salesiana, Roma 19-23 novembre 2014: publication pending.

“I tempi e le circostanze che indussero Francesco di Sales a comporre e pubblicare l’Introduzione alla vita devota”, in Salesianum 74.4 (dicembre 2013): 615-625.

“Presentation: At the Heart of Francis de Sales’s Spirituality,” in Salesianum 75.4 (October-December 2013): 611-613.

“Storytelling, Pop-Culture, and re-launching the Gospel Message with Don Bosco among a new generation of post-modern young people,” Paper presented at Salesian Forum, «Reason and Reasonableness», Valdocco, 27-30 August 2013, electronic copy available at http://www.donboscovorming-animatie.be

“Visitation as Commitment,” Presentation given at the 2010 National Salesian Conference, Wilmington, Delaware; published and distributed by DeSales Resources and Ministries, Stella Niagara, 2010. [Audio CD/Video DVD].

“Cry of the Pastoral Heart of Francis de Sales,” in Journal of Salesian Studies 15.1 (Fall 2007): 13-24.

“Youthful Holiness: the Encounter between Dominic Savio and Don Bosco,” in Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition, Collected Essays Commemorating the 4th Centenary of the Initial Encounter of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal; edited by Joseph Chorpenning, with the assistance of Herbert Winklechner and Daniel P. Wisniewski, 333-364. Rome: ICSS, 2007.

“Da Mihi Animas! Il grido del cuore pastorale di Francesco di Sales.” Quaderni di Spiritualità Salesiana, n. 7 nuova serie (dicembre 2007): 49-59.

Francis de Sales in Western Spiritual Tradition. Paper presented at the 2007 National Salesian Conference, St Paul (Minnesota), 3 August 2007 [Audio CD].

“Parole che illuminano il nostro cammino spirituale. La Bibbia, guida dei predicatori secondo Francesco di Sales.” Quaderni di Spiritualità Salesiana, n. 6 nuova serie (marzo 2007): 42-54.

Francis de Sales and the Basis for Salesian Prayer,” in Journal of Salesian Studies 14.2 (Fall 2006): publication in process.

“Parole che illuminano il nostro cammino: la Bibbia nella predicazione di Francesco di Sales”, in Quaderni di Spiritualità Salesiana n. 6 (Novembre 2006): 3-10.

“Paolo Albera’s Instructions: Early Efforts to Inculcate the Spirit of Don Bosco.” Journal of Salesian Studies 13.1 (Fall 2005): 103-146 .

“Encountering Others: the Forever Unfinished Treatise”, Sound recording of keynote address (70 minutes). 2004 Salesian Conference, Year 22, St Louis, Missouri; general coordinator and editor: Joanne Kinney. Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resource Center, 2004.

“Don Bosco’s Past Pupils: Reunion in Watsonville.” Salesian Bulletin USA West 8.3 (Summer 2004): 4-6.

“What is Salesian in Don Bosco? Francis de Sales and Don Bosco’s pastoral spirit.” Journal of Salesian Studies 12.1 (Spring 2004): 231-256.

“Cast out into the deep: Salesian apostolic spirit”, Sound recording of keynote address (70 minutes). 2002 Salesian Conference, Year 20, Notre Dame, Indiana; general coordinator and editor: Joanne Kinney. Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resource Center, 2002.

“Cast out into the deep: Salesian apostolic spirit”, Video recording of keynote address (70 minutes). 2002 Salesian Conference, Year 20, Notre Dame, Indiana; general coordinator and editor: Joanne Kinney. Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resource Center, 2002.

“Chastity in the Salesian Constitutions.” Journal of Salesian Studies 9.1 (Spring 1998): 59-74.

Saint Francis de Sales, 1567-1622: Toward a Complete Bibliography of English-language Works, compiled by Joseph Boenzi, SDB, revised ed. prepared December 1996 for publication on the Internet at URL: http://www4.desales.edu/~salesian/fdsbibli.html

“Paolo Albera on the Salesian Spirit: Retreat Themes 1893-1910.” Extract of S.T.D. diss. no. 374, Salesian Pontifical University (Rome), 1996.

“Aspects of Don Bosco’s Spirituality: Love of God and Love for Young People.” in Lead on Good Light… Salesians exploring our experience of prayer, 79-104. Edited by Mary Greenan, with a preface by Georgina McPake; introduction by Mary Downey. Rome: FMA Irish Province, 1996.

“Saint Francis de Sales, 1567-1622: Bibliography of Publications in English, 1613-1995.” Journal of Salesian Studies 7.1 (Spring 1996): 83-133.

“Reflections on Virtue: Saint John Bosco’s Heroic Faith as Reported by Eyewitnesses in his Beatification Process,” in Journal of Salesian Studies 6.2 (Fall 1995): 81-106.

“L’America dei Giovani: Come i giovani giudicano gli Stati Uniti e il processo di pace nel mondo,” in Bollettino Salesiano 119.6 (June 1995): 14-16.

“Paolo Albera’s Visits During Don Bosco’s Last Illness,” Journal of Salesian Studies 5.2 (November 1994): 99-113.

“The Old Man and His Farm: A Photo-essay,” Salesian Bulletin 29.3-4 (March-April 1975): 12-15.

Bordes, Helene

Articles from the revue RES (Recherches et Etudes Salésiennes)

1990 The Assoc. RES was founded. The first publication of La Lettre de RES (Recherches et Etudes
Salésiennes) appeared in 1995. Father André Brix osfs and Hélène Bordes were the driving force for
the revue. Its mission was to publish studies on Salesian thought and spirituality so as to bring
interested scholars together and to foster the spread of Salesian studies. When Father Brix could
no longer participate in the redaction of the RES, Hélène generously offered to continue as its
1996, No. 2 Marie-Madeleine dans l’oeuvre de François de Sales, H. Bordes.

2001 No.7 En supplement: Le Livre IX du Traité de l’amour de Dieu pp. 1-20.

2002 No. 8 En supplement: Le Livre X du Traité de l’amour de Dieu
2003 No. 9, Du Livre X au Livre XI du Traité; Poètes mystiques français de l’âge baroque; A propos
du chapitre 15 du Livre X du Traité: problèmes de vocabulaire; Présentation et compte rendu d’une
conference de Mgr Rouet, archiveque de Poitiers: “La chance d’un christianisme fragile,” and
“Petite histoire d’une présidence.”

2004 No. 10, pp. 41-53 André Brix, Une théologie de l’amour de Dieu et de l’amour de l’homme,
Introduction par Hélène Bordes;; Bossuet et François de Sales, pp. 85-121. A long series of
articles on Bossuet et François de Sales ending with, “Bossuet, Francis de Sales and the sky at

2005 No 11. Editorial: Un monde à aimer; En mémoire de soeur Christiane Samain, Salésienne de la
Visitation; Lire les Pères et François de Sales dans la Liturgie des Heures; La Rencontre,
‘Rencontre’ et ‘dialogue’ dans la vie humaine, selon St. François de Sales; and DOSSIER:
Monseigneur Maisonnier.

2006 François de Sales et le theme de la marche, pp. 3-25, in “Echanges salesiens, no. 12. (A
review of the previous three years of the Echanges Salésien) There are two articles in this issue.
The first is, François de Sales Lu dans la Visitation du XVIIe siècle, p. 125-33. It is Hélène’s
review of Elizabeth Stopp’s work on the Emblèmes de Gambart . Stopp could not interest a publisher,
but Terence O’Reilly undertook the task after her death. The second article, Souvenirs de Soeur
Marie Patricia, Archiviste de la “Sainte Source,” pp. 61-85. This long article, s not to be missed
if one is interested in learning about Sister Mary Pat but also in becoming acquainted with Hélène

2007 No. 13 Presentation at the Eechanges Salésiens., “Salesian Civility, the Art of Living in
Today’s Society.”

2008 No. 14, p. 146-47. Review of Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition: Collected Essays
Commemorating the 4th Centenary of the Initial Encounter of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane
Frances de Chantal, Rome, ICSS 2007.

2010 “Visiting and Visitation.” Presentation in Journées Salésiennes no. 16

Other Publications

1973 “Francois de Sales, Homme du XVIème siècle” in Travaux et Mémoires, Publications de l’UER des
Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Limoges, mai, p. 136-190.

1976 “Recherches récentes sur saint François de Sales à propos de: Henri Lemaire: Lexique des
oeuvres completes de François de Sales de l’édition des Visitandines. (Book published by Nizet in
1973. Hélène’s article on this work appeared in the review: XVIIème siècle nos.
110-111, p.107-110.

1976 “L’Introduction à la Vie devote de Saint Franois de Sales et la pensée italienne” in Travaux
et Mémoires, Publications de l’UER des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Limoges, octobre, p. 109-137.

1977 ”Pouvoir temporel et problèmes spirituels chez saint François de Sales,” in XVIIème siècle,
no. 117, p. 3-17.

1977 “Pâques, theme majeur dans la prédication effective de François de Sales”, pp. 39-52, in
Journées Bossuet. Colloque tenu à Dijon les 2,3 et 4 décembre pour le trois cent cinquantième
anniversaire de la naissance de Bossuet, publiés par Thérèse Goyet et Jean-Pierre Coillinet.
Published by Nizet: Paris, 1980.

1979 “Une lettre inédite de sainte Chantal à la Visitation de Chambéry,” in Bulletin du Centre
d’études franco-italien, no. 5 nov.,Universités de Turin et de Savoie, p. 34-44.

1981 Permanence et metamorphose du mythe platonicien à l’âge baroque, à propos du Traité de l’Amour
de Dieu de François de Sales, at the Congrès de Limoges, mai, 1977. In Travaux et Mémoires ,
Publications de l’UER des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Limoges, p. 131-139.

1982- François de Sales, Prophète de l’Amour, in “Une pensée forge dans le creuset de l’Humanisme
et de la Renaissance, “Paris, CIF, 1982, p. 12-15. Hélène’s texte can also be found at:

1987 L’ancienne visitation de Moulins à travers ses archives, Moulins : Société d’émulation des
amis du Bourbonnais.

1988 Review by Hélène Bordes of La Lettera e lo Spirito, Terni e figure del Seicento francese
by Benedetta Papàsogli: Revue d’Histoire littéraire de la France, 88e Année, No. 6 (Nov. –
Dec.1988) p. 1136-1139.

1988-89 Les Sermons de François de Sales, Thèse pour le Doctorat d’Etat, see year
1991 Charité et humilité dans l’oeuvre de François de Sales, in revue de la Société d’Etude du
XVIIème siècle, no. 170, janvier-mars, 43ème année, no. 1, p. 15-25.

1992 “L’Histoire théandrique de François de Sales,” pp. 99-117, in L’Unidivers salésien:
Saint François de Sales hier et aujourd’hui ; actes du colloque international de Metz
17-19 septembre . The texts were compiled and published by Jacques Hennequin and Hélène Bordes. It
is a seminal work. Available at Champion -Slatkine, 7 Quai
Malaquais, Paris 1994.

1992 François de Sales et la béatitude des miséricordieux, in La vie spirituelle, no. 699,
mars-avril, p. 177-189.

1996 Introduction par Hélène Bordes in Correspondance T. VI, 1640-1641 et lettres sans date de
Jeanne-Françoise Frémyot de Chantal: ed. critque établie et annotée par Sœur Marie-Patricia Burns,
Paris: Editions du Cerf.

2001 La Méditation du Mystère de la Visitation par François de Sales et l’Esprit de l’Ordre de la
Visitation, p, 69-88 in « Visitation et Visitandines au XVIIème et XVIIIeme siècles,”, Publications
de l’Université de Saint-Etienne.

2005 Bordes, Hélène, Preface,; Vive Jésus ou le secret de la Sainteté au Quotidien selon
François de Sales, book by Sauté, Sœur Jacqueline . A thesis directed by Hélène Bordes.

2010 saint.François de Sales, portraits croisés, in Conférences de Thorens pour le 4ème centenaire
de l’ordination de saint François de Sales, With Jean Derobert, Michel Tornade, and
Geneviève Pochat

2012, Les sermons de François de Sales [Ressource électronique]Hélène Bordes ; sous la direction
de Jacques Hennequin / Metz : Université de Metz .

Theses directed:

1996, “Jeanne-Charlotte de Brechard et la Visitation au Dix-septième siècle, vie et oeuvres”
par Marie-Agnes Laplace; sous la direction de Hélène Bordes,
1997 “Sermons recueillis inédits attribués à saint François de Sales” [Texte imprimé]: éd.
critique (texte traduit, annoté et commenté) par Anne Dartiguelongue; sous la dir.
d’Hélène Bordes
2003, “L’errance chez Amin Maalouf à travers “Léon l’Africain”, “Samarcande”, “Les Jardins
de lumière” et “Le Rocher de Tanios” [Texte imprimé]par Farida Chawad-Stitou; sous la dir.
d’Hélène Bordes
2004 “Théorie et pratique du pouvoir dans l’oeuvre de François de Sales” [Texte imprimé]:
l’administrateur épiscopal par Marie-Thérèse de Labarre ; sous la dir. d’Hélène Bordes.

Review of her work:
1999, A review of Hélène’s thesis, “The Sermons of St. Francis de Sales,” in
Salesian Insights, ed. William C. Marceau, CSB, Bangalore: S.F.S. Publications, p.
130-143, esp. 132, 138. “This article presents a summary of the most important findings of
Borde’s multi-volume thesis for the Doctorat d’Etat, “ (from ICSS
Newsletter, No. 30, Nov. 2013, p. 5).

Some of this bibliography is from the recent issue of the annales salesienes, Nouvelle
série no. 10. The total list is hardly complete,. Hélène told me during our
last visit that she had written about 102 pieces of varying lengths.

Hélène Bordes 1926-2014

Hélene Bordes, an intrepid salesian scholar, departed this world on June 15, 2014 to return home to the Father. In addition to being an indefatigable researcher Hélène was a dedicated teacher and a steadfast friend.

My introduction to Hélène was unusual. The phone rang one morning early ; it was Father Joe Power. He asked me to come to the Seminar  at Stella Niagara because he wanted me to meet someone. Refuse a request by Father Joe? Never !  Two hours later I was seated at the table. My neighbor asked me if I know why I was there. I said « not really ». He told me I would be the commentator for the French woman’s paper. I was in shock , but looking around, I saw a French woman next to Father Joe. Her eyes were directed at me, and they were shining like ribbons. In my head I heard, « All is well .»  Whatever happened, I could handle it.  Lunch brought us together, and a long friendship began.

Hélène’s parents were living in Strasbourg when she was born on January 26. 1926. Her sister Marguerite came in 1929, followed by Elizabeth in 1933.  Her father was an officer in the military, and was sent to Algeria in 1936. The whole familiy went, and Pierre was born there in 1937. The girls attended school until 1945.1

Hélène continued her studies in Paris and in 1950 obtained her Licence (our MA without a thesis) from the Sorbonne in Classical Literature. She wanted to continue but needed to have a DES or  (Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures). The thesis was actually an extended paper or « Mémoire » to show one’s knowledge of research  methodology. She  also needed a professor to be her mentor, but her choice of subjects attracted no attention.  It was only after a friend suggested going to comparative literature that a professor saw her knowledge of Italian and suggested  the topic of St. Francis de Sales and Italy. He whetted her appetite about St. Francis de Sales. Thus began a life long passion. She completed the « mémoire »’and was awarded the DES in 1951. It was only at the conclusion of this paper that she could apply to take the exam for the Aggrégation (our Ph.D. without the thesis). In 1992 the DES was abolished in favor of a « mémoire » attached to the Maîtrise.

Once she had her education completed the French Government gave her  a post as a secondary school teacher in a lycée. They sent her to the light industrial town of Guéret in the  Department of the Creuse in the Limousin.  Following her stint there, she was transferred to the city of Bourges in the Department of the Cher, a  prosperous and stimulating  city of considerable importance in French History. After teaching for seventeen years, Hélène asked to be transferred because she needed to be near her parents who were in declining health. They had moved to Brive, a city in the Department of the Corrèze in the Limousin. Thus it was that Hélène taught in Limoges in the Department of Comparative Literature which allowed her to offer a range of courses.

Sometime before her  plunge into her doctoral studies, Hélène came to the US to take some courses in English. She read and spoke English quite well, but if you knew French, English disappeared !

Marguerite, with whom Hélène was very close,  became a nurse and worked for a while in Algeria and then in Marseille. When her parents relocated to Brive, she too came to live in Limoges to be nearer them.  Hélène admired Marguerite for her unending patience and  high moral standard. Hélène’s second sister Elizabeth married and  had a large family in Orleans.  Pierre’s unhappy marriage ended in divorce. He later became sick and Hélène brought him to Limoges in an apartment in her building. She helped him financially  unitl he needed full-time nursing care. Hélène often sacrificed her own comfort to help her siblings. Otherwise she would have loved to return to Stella Niagara.

Her goal was a Doctorat d’Etat, (Ph.D with a book-length thesis). She was in her third year of writing when an American researcher published a book on the same subject ! Now she had to start over. Such drive and perseverance were characteristic of  Hélène. She had an amazing capacity for work .

Now began the years of research. The 1970s, Hélène points out in the introduction to her thesis, saw the renewal of studies on the art of oratory and the rhetoric of the sacred word. The culmination of this movement is Marc Fumaroli ‘s thesis, L’Age de l’éloquence in which Charles Borromée and Antoine Possevin along with many others are represented. Hélène states that by 1975 there were so many more notable authors that her two thesis directors, René Bady and Jacques Hennequin, thought that she should analyse their ideas concerning Francis de Sales’ while adding her own interpretation. She could show in greater detail the role that he played among this ‘concert’ of men, whose works he often knew and  many of whom he had even met.2

For whatever reason Hélène didn’t see herself traveling along this path ; she wanted to be more adventurous. She  was never content with a measured approach that involved other peoples’ work.  She wanted to be original and to dig out the necessary material to support her ideas.  Where did she go to begin her research ? Yes, to the Visitation at Annecy. She was there for the Journées salésiennes, and it so happened that . Mother Marie Reine had  made an exposition of several pieces belonging to the Archives, including Saint Francis de Sales’ famous pectoral cross. « It was in front of this cross that Marie Patricia  and I met without ever having seen one another. »This first meeting was the beginning of a life-long friendship and collaboration.

René Bady was in Lyon, but he was going blind. He asked Jacques Hennequin in Metz if he would take over the direction of Hélène’s thesis. Professor Hennequin had met Hélène at  a coloquium in Marseille. She consoled him after a forceful colleague had sharply criticized  him  for asking  questions about method. He was a bit unsure of this new responsibility , claiming  to know little about St. Francis de Sales. Hélène’s answer was so characteristic! « That’s all right, you’ll learn. »4 Indeed Jacques Hennequin  went out and purchased the Complete Works and started reading! 5

The moment came for the dreaded defense of the Dissertation.  Fortunately Margeurite was able to accompany her sister, which did a great deal for calming Hélène’s nerves. Her thesis was entitled, The Sermons of Saint Francis de Sales. The defense took place at the University of Paris in September 1989 under the designation of the University of Metz. Her jury consisted of three professors from Paris IV (La Sorbonne) and one from Metz. The thesis was nearly 3,000 pages long.  Jacques Hennequin modestly reports, « I had almost nothing to direct concerning her thesis. She knew ten times more than I about the subject. This thesis should have been published by the Service for the Publication of Theses in Lille and diffused in all the university libraries in France. » 6 The only printed copy is in the library at the University of Metz. It is thanks to Professor Hennequin that Hélène had the greatest satisfaction of her life when he was able to get her thesis published in electronic form in 2012. Now it is available  online at :


The thesis of course was in addition to her teaching at the University of Limoges. Hélène was always ready to help. Her generosity extended to her time and  material resources. She engaged your thought process whether you were sitting next to her or miles away on the telephone.  Professor Hennequin notes, «her fervent piety was infectious. She went so far as  to offer books or subscriptions to journals if she thought  they would help you reflect more deeply or pray better.».7

Having become a holder of the coveted degree of  Doctorat d’Etat, the highest degree in France, Hélène was now free to work on whatever she pleased.  However, Francis and Jane de Chantal were the only ones in the picture ! Five years after receiving her degree in 1994, Marguerite died suddenly, and Hélène had a difficult time coming to grips with such a huge loss. Fortunately she already knew the oblates, Père Brixe and the Père l’Honoré since the early seventies when they had invited her to participate in the Journées Salésiennes . Now she accepted the opportunity to  become more deeply involved.

Her first devotion was to her Lord and her prayer life ; her second was of course to Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal. Soon there was another member of God’s kingdom who reigned in her household.  Someone introduced her to an American couple who were breeders of a very special species of cats. They were so expensive that only the very wealthy could own one, but it so happened that one of their males could no longer sire any offspring. They were looking for a good home for him, and somehow he ended up in Limoges !  When Hélène opened her door, my first sight was this magnicifcent jet black cat  wearing a tux and white spats with a white tip on his tail , looking straight at me with beautiful green eyes. He seemed to be a statue daring me to advance. When Hélène embraced me, he lowered his head, turned around and returned to the living room. Monsieur Gentil Bonhomme was certainly the protector of the domain.  This beloved cat could transmit anything he wished to convey in the most precise and gallant fashion. He and Hélène had an extraordinary understanding of one another. Unfortunately he died a year before my last visit.

Before being unable to write, Hélène had been working tirelessly on a new edition of The Devout Life. Being interested in this work, I was excited to hear her expound on various meanings in the book. Her insights were original, and the text seemed to take on a new life. Even though her days were filled with activity, there was always time for a good long phone conversation. I never knew whether I would receive a critique, positive remarks or a discourse on why I should be doing something else. Research was her life, and she  wanted others to be good researchers too.  Her « brin autoritaire » (authoritarian touch) as a collague mentioned, did exist, but it was never to disparage someone’s work. She had such a brilliant mind, that whatever you said, she had assmiliated in a second. She became the teacher when she wanted to ensure that you had really understood the inference. She would only seem authoritarian because she cared for you and wanted your work to be the best that it could be.

This generosity took her into a completely new world. The Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales were no longer able to direct the Association Recherches et Etudes Salésiennes (RES). Hélène took over this demanding job  of President,  which also included  organizing the « Journées salésiennes, » a week-long conference with prayer sessions, papers, and relaxation. It was held in the provinces one year and in old Annecy the other, generally in August.  Each year the first RES contained the articles that had been presented at the conference, In 2003 No. 10, she published an introdution to the Traité, and a Mémorial to André Brix, osfs whom Hélène had admired beyond all measure. She also announced that she was stepping down from the presidency but would remain on the Advisory Board, which she did until 2007.

In remembering Hélène we cannot forget the scholar to whom she felt so indebted . He was that « rock » that Marguerite had been. Here is her hommage to this true gentleman : “it is for the understanding of my last director, for his vigilance, his help in every domain, his sense of friendship and of salesian values, for his unspoken attentions, for the example of his works, (and I am forgetting the many reasons for thanking him and his family) so that this thesis might see the light of day, whatever may be its imperfections against which the author is struggling to humbly follow the  steps of her predecessors . Without him I would never have written the word “end”, nor understood that this word does not signify abandon at the ‘terminus’ but rather a departure, as in any age of life. To direct a researcher already at an advanced age is not an easy task.” 8

Even when Hélène knew that she would soon return to the Lord, she never, even for a moment, exhibited any sign of sadness. When we all went  to see her in late 2013, she was, as always, happy to see us, and immediately launched into a blue streak about many subjects. Seated in her tiny kitchen at a small table, we shared whatever food we had, opened a good bottle of red, and laughed just like old times. Pain and sorrow were absent from her vocabulary. Joy and love of God and neighbor reigned supreme.

There was another group of friends whom we shared and always prayed for at the end  of our phone conversations, the good sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary, those at Nevers for Hélène and  at Scy-Chazelles for myself. All these sisters had given us the privilege of working and praying with them in the silence of the monastery. Hélène would find me remiss if I failed to I mention how much they contributed to our lives.

Hélène worked tirelessly not only for her own work , but in an effort to promote a Saint that needed to be known in this difficult world fraught with danger, distrust and a gowing sense of nihilism . Francis de Sales was a Saint whose unique perspective on earthly and religious life could bring to all those who made his acquaintance, greater joy and purpose in living.

She was constantly in the presence of her beloved saint. In our last few minutes alone she said, as we embraced with tears, «With Francis de Sales  we shall always  be together. » Hélène, may your laughter and joy penetrate the heavenly halls.

Patricia J. Siegel-Finley

Daughter of Saint Francis de Sales

  1. For many details of her young life I am most grateful to Sœur Marie-Odile Blanchard, Superior of the Visitation de Nevers for her biographical facts and her remembrances of Hélène in the Annales saléisennes (Nouvelle série no. 10), p. 3-4.
  2. RES 12.p. 66.
  3. Ibid .
  4. Personal Letter
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid
  7. Ibid.

8. «Remerciements » in Les Sermons de saint François de Sales, University of Metz, 1989.

Brown, Kathleen H.


Companions on the Journey: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship with David M. Orr, (Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resources and Ministries, 2006).


St. Francis DeSales and a Theology of Vocation,” Pastoral Liturgy, July 2011.

“Conversations About Call and Vocation: Providing the Space and the Words So That Heart Can Speak to Heart” with David M. Orr, Horizon, Spring 2011.

“The Gift of Spiritual Friendship” with David M. Orr, a series of three articles in Ministry and Liturgy, (September 2006): p.17-19; (October 2006): p. 7-11; (November 2006): p. 15-17. 

“A Eucharistic Spirituality of Ministry of the Word: Drawing on the Wisdom of St.Francis DeSales.” Emmanuel (November 2002): pg  555-563.

Chorpenning, Joseph F., OSFS


Edition (with introductory essay, notes, and bio-bibliographical note) of William N. Dougherty’s translation of St. Francis de Sales, Spiritual Exercises.  Peregrina Translations Series, no. 20. Toronto: Peregrina Publishing Co., 1993.

The Holy Family Devotion: A Brief History.  “Lumière sur la Montagne” series, vol. 8.  Montreal: Centre de recherche et de documentation, Oratoire Saint-Joseph, 1997.

Francis de Sales, Sermons on Saint Joseph, translated and edited, with an introductory essay and commentary.   Peregrina Translations Series.  Toronto: Peregrina Publishing Co., 2000.


Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition: Collected Essays Commemorating the 4th Centenary of theInitial Encounter of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal. Rome: International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2007.

 Friendship, Forgiveness, and the Founders of the Salesian Tradition:  Essays on Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal by Marie-Patricia Burns, VHM. Stella Niagara, NY: De Sales Resources and Ministries, 2009.

Encountering Anew the Familiar: The “Introduction to the Devout Life” at 400 Years.  Rome: International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2012.


The Visitation Order at 400 Years: An Exhibition Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary.  Gallery Guide.  Ryan Memorial Library, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary/Saint Joseph’s University, 2010.


“The Court, Monastery, and Paradise in St. Francis de Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life,” The  Downside Review: A Quarterly of Catholic Thought 107 (1989): 22-33.

“Salesian Spirituality.” In Michael Downey, ed., The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, 850-54.  Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1992.

“Renaissance Neoplatonism, Theological Tradition, and Outer and Inner Beauty in St. Francis de Sales,” American Benedictine Review 43 (1992): 283-300.

“Just Man, Husband of Mary, and Guardian of Christ:  St. Joseph’s Life and Virtues in the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales.” In Patron Saint of the New World: Spanish American Colonial Images of St. Joseph, 19-29.  Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 1992.

“‘The Guidance and Education of His Divine Infancy’: The Mission of the Holy Family in St. Francis de Sales.”  In The Holy Family in Art and Devotion, 38-52.  Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 1998.

“Connecting Mysteries: The Visitation and the Holy Family in the Salesian Tradition (from St. Francis de Sales to the Année Sainte [1867-1873]).” In La Sagrada Familia en el siglo XIX: Actas del Cuarto Congreso Internacional sobre la Sagrada Familia en ocasión del Centenario de la revista “La Sagrada Familia,” Barcelona/Begues, 8-13 septiembre de 1998, 811-33. Barcelona: Hijos de la Sagrada Familia/Nazarenum, 1999.

Spanish translation: Estudios Josefinos 53, no. 105 (1999): 3-30.

“’Mother of our Savior and cooperator in our salvation’: Imitatio Mariae and the Biblical Mystery of the Visitation in St. Francis de Sales,” Marian Studies 53 (2002): 63-85.

“The Salesian Charism and the Second Vatican Council,” ICSS [International Commission for Salesian Studies]Newsletter, No. 13 (Dec. 2003-Jan. 2004): 1-3.

“’His Face Was All Gentleness and Peace When He Looked at You’: Encountering Francis de Sales the Preacher,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 14 (July 2004): 1-3.

“The 400th Anniversary of St. Francis de Sales’s Letter on Preaching to André Frémyot,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 15 (Jan.- Feb. 2005): 1-3.

“A Visual Biography of St. Jane Frances de Chantal,” ICSS  Newsletter, No. 16 (July-Aug. 2005):1-5.

“Salesian Gentleness and Humility in Action: St. Francis de Sales’s Missionary Apostolate in the Chablais,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 17 (Jan.-Feb. 2006): 3-5, 12.

“What is the ‘Chablais Spirit?,’” ICSS Newsletter, No. 18 (July 2006): 1-9.

“St. Joseph in the Spirituality of Teresa of Ávila and Francis de Sales: Convergences and Divergences.” In Christopher C. Wilson, ed., The Heirs of St. Teresa of Ávila: Defenders and Disseminators of the Founding Mother’s Legacy, Carmelite Studies, IX, 123-40. Washington, DC: ICS Publications/Rome: Edizioni Carmelitane, 2006.

Spanish translation: Estudios Josefinos 60, no. 120 (2006): 213-28.

Reprinted in Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition: Collected Essays Commemorating the 4th Centenary of the Initial Encounter of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal. 147-58. Rome: International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2007.

“Francis de Sales and the Emblematic Tradition: The Palm Tree as an Allegory of St. Joseph’s Virtues.” In Ralph Dekoninck and Agnés Guiderdoni-Bruslè, eds., Emblemata Sacra: Rhétorique et Herméneutique du Discours Sacré dans la Littérature en Images/The Rhetoric and Hermeneutics of Illustrated Sacred Discourse, “Imago Figurata Studies,” vol. 7, 333-47.  Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006).

“St. Francis de Sales’s ‘Emblematic Habit of Mind,’” ICSS Newsletter, No. 19 (January – February 2007): 1-7.

“St. Francis de Sales in Art,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 20 (July-August 2007): 1-4.

“International Celebrations in Plancy and Troyes for the Centenary of the Death of Fr. Louis Brisson, OSFS,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 21 (March 2008): 1-7, 15.

“’The Savior will be seen walking again on earth’: St. Francis de Sales as the Model for the De Sales Oblates’ Imitation of Christ,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 22 (August 2008): 1-7, 16.

“The 400th Anniversary of a Spiritual Classic: Saint Francis de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life,” Spiritual Life 55/4 (Winter 2009): 228-44.  (Modified version of article that appeared in ICSS Newsletter, No. 23 [March 2009].)

“Levels of Meaning in Philothea and Her Guardian Angel,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 24 (October 2009): 3-7.

“An Introduction to the Salesian Scholarship of Marie-Patricia Burns (1925-2005).”  In Friendship,Forgiveness, and the Founders of the Salesian Tradition:  Essays on Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal by Marie-Patricia Burns, VHM. 1-9. Stella Niagara, NY: De Sales Resources and Ministries, 2009.

“The Musée de la Visitation in Moulins:  A Celebration of Visitandine Heritage,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 25 (April 2010): 1-12.

“Francis de Sales’s Emblematic Interpretation of the Death of St. Joseph (Treatise on the Love of God,Book 7, chapter 13.”  In Peter M. Daly and Pedro Campa, eds., Emblematic Images and Religious Texts: Studies in Honor of Richard A. Dimler, S.J., 123-43. Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts, vol. 2. Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2010.

“Pèlerinage avec le Rédempteur dans la sein de Marie: méditation de saint François de Sales sur le mystère biblique de la Visitation, 1610.” In Gérard Picaud and Jean Foisselon, eds., De l’ombre à la lumière: Art et histoire à la Visitation, 1610-2010.  Actes de colloque organize par la Musée de la Visitation, Moulins, 22 et 23 octobre 2010, 47-53. Paris: Somogy editions d’art/Moulins: Musée de la Visitation, 2011.  (French translation by Christine Chareyre.)

English version: In John T. Cull and Peter M. Daly, eds., In nocte consilium: Studies in Emblematics in Honor of Pedro F. Campa, 323-40. Baden-Baden: Verlag Valentin Koerner, 2011.

“’In Our Image and Likeness’ (Genesis 1:26): Image-Making and Spiritual Formation in the Introduction to the Devout Life.” In Encountering Anew the Familiar: The “Introduction to the Devout Life” at 400 Years, 69-93. Rome: International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2012.

“Visual, Verbal, Mental, and Living Images in Early Modern Catholicism: Francis de Sales and Adrien Gambart,” Journal of Religion and Society: Supplement 8, Religion and the Visual (2012): 55-71.

“A Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Crèche with St. Francis de Sales,” Spiritual Life 58/4 (Winter 2012): 202-12. (Revised and expanded version of article that appeared in ICSS Newsletter, No. 26 [December 2010]: 3-9.)

“‘[C]hoice and formation do not coincide’: Fr. Brisson and the Foundation and Charism of the De Sales Oblates,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 28 (Feb. 2013): 19-23.

Lectio divina and Francis de Sales’s Picturing of the Interconnection of Human and Divine Hearts.” In Walter S. Melion and Michel Weemans, eds., Visual Images as Exegetical Instruments, 1400-1700, 449-77. Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture. (Emory University, Lovis Corinth Colloquia IV)  Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2014.

“Style Is Substance: Francis de Sales and Vatican II,” ICSS Newsletter, No. 30 (Nov. 2013): 1-5.

“Sales, François de (1567-1622).”  In Arnoud Visser et al., eds., The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press.

Cryan, James, OSFS

“The Influence of St. Francis de Sales in American Literature.” Salesian Studies, VI.2 (Spring, 1969): 30-44.

“Francis de Sales, Mystagogue,” Sermons on the Eucharist, July, 1597, De Sales University, Center Valley, PA, Center for Faith and Culture. (January 24, 2005): 30-41.

“Alterity: At the Heart of the Salesian Matrix.” Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition, edit. Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS. International Commission for Salesian Studies, Rome, (2007): 1-45.

Crossin, John, OSFS

“Ecumenical Relationships and Dialogue Today: Insights from the Salesian Tradition,” in Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition (Rome: International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2007): 409-424.

“What Does God Want Us to Do? A Meditation on Discernment,” Ecumenical Trends 36/10 (November 2007):145-149.

“A Meditation on Humility,” in We Are All Brothers-3: A collection of essays in honor of Archbishop Vsevolod of Scopelos, Ed. Jack Figel (Fairfax, VA: Eastern Christian Publications, 2007): 181-91.

“Salesian Mysticism,” Review for Religious 62/2 (2003): 144-52.

“Reflections on Salesian Anthropology” in With Mind and Heart Renewed: A Festschrift for John F. Harvey, OSFS (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2001). [See version online]I have a collection of articles on discernment (under vocations) on the site of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales at www.oblates.org , a collection of articles on spiritual friendship on the site of the Association of St. Francis de Sales www.sfdsassociation.org , and an article on Salesian Anthropology on the site of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture[under library at the Center]at DeSales University at www.desales.edu.

Dailey, Thomas F, OSFS


“Behold this heart”:  A Salesian Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the occasion of the Centenary of the Canonization of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, from Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, NH) forthcoming 2020.

Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness from Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, NH) 2015.  ISBN 978-1-622823-017

Praying with Francis de Sales, in the series “Companions for the Journey” from St. Mary’s Press (Winona, MN) 1997. ISBN 0-88489-495-9


Sermons on the Eucharist, by St. Francis de Sales. Translated by Alexander Pocetto, OSFS. From the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture (Center Valley, PA) 2005.

St. Francis de Sales: Patron of Journalists. Monograph by Herbert Winklehner, OSFS. Translated by Eugene Kelly, OSFS. From the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture (Center Valley, PA), 2004.


St. Francis de Sales as Preacher: A Study — a compilation of translations, with a preface, published by the Indian Institute of Spirituality (Bangalore); previously published in the Indian Journal of Spirituality as follows: “Oratory Formation & Apostolic Life of Francis de Sales,” 4/2 (1991): 125-148;”St. Francis de Sales: Master of Sacred Eloquence,” 4/3 (1991): 233-260; “St. Francis de Sales: Model of Sacred Eloquence,” 4/4 (1991): 371-397;”St. Francis de Sales: Restorer of Sacred Eloquence,” 5/2 (1992): 136-158.

Saint Francis de Sales and the Canticle of Canticles — a dual translation with an introduction, published by S.F.S. Publications (Bangalore, India); previously published in the Salesian Journal of Spirituality as follows “Francis de Sales Comments on the Canticle of Canticles,” 1/3-4 (1988): 279-311; 411-444; 2/1-2 (1989): 3-35, 115-124 and “The Mystical Exposition of the Canticle of Canticles,” 2/2 (1989): 125-158.


“From Francis to Francis: How a Saint and a Pope Share a Vision of Preaching,” in Love Is the Perfection of the Mind, Salesian Studies Presented to Alexander T. Pocetto, OSFS on the Occasion of His 90th Birthday (edited by Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS and Thomas Dailey, OSFS and Daniel Wisniewski, OSFS), Center Valley, PA: Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, 2017, pages 19-34.

“Eucharist and the Theopoetics of Encounter according to St. Francis de Sales,” in Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition (edited by Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS), Roma: International Commission on Salesian Studies, 2007, pages 63-76.

A Song of Prayer: Reading the Canticle of Canticles with St. Francis de Sales,” in Salesian Insights (edited by William Marceau), Bangalore, India: SFS Publications, 1999, pages 73-97.

“Playful Prayer: Imagination and the Task of Theology in a Salesian Perspective,” in Salesian Spirituality: Catalyst to Collaboration (edited by William Ruhl), Washington, DC: De Sales School of Theology, 1993, pages 169-188.


“Preaching as Praying: Complementary Methods for Sacred Eloquence in the Teaching of St. Francis de Sales,” New Theology Review 31/1 (October 2018): 11-17.

“The Sacred Visioning of Salesian Spirituality,” Indian Journal of Spirituality 30/2 (April-June 2017): 117-126.

“St. Francis de Sales Guide to Reconciliation” on CatholicExchange.com (1/12/16)

“St. Francis de Sales’s Guide to Starting Your Day Right” on CatholicExchange.com (12/18/15)

“Five Steps to a Good Morning” on CatholicExchange.com (9/10/15)

“Salesian Spirituality: An ‘Every Day’ Approach to Holiness,” Deacon Digest (Nov 2011), pages 42-44.

“Becoming Who We Are: The Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University,” Journal of Catholic Higher Education 30/2 (2011): 181-198.

“Salesian Simplicity: How a ‘Little Virtue’ Goes a Long Way,” Review for Religious 70/2 (2011): 118-131.

“Jewel of Perfection: The Spiritual Directory as a Privileged Means of Propagating the Salesian Spirit,” Indian Journal of Spirituality 21/4 (Oct-Dec 2008): 349-362.

“The ‘Real’ Story on St. Francis de Sales,” Theological Review of the Episcopal Academy 1/1 (December 2005): online.

“A Song of Prayer: Reading the Canticle of Canticles with St. Francis de Sales,” Studia Mystica, 15/4 (1992): 65-82.

“John Paul II’s Legacy of Social Communications,” Indian Journal of Spirituality 17/4 (2004): 319-331.

“To Live and Learn, It Helps to Hope,” Indian Journal of Spirituality 14/3 (2001): 255-262.

“The Soulful Homily,” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (May 2000): 56-60.

“Salesian Hope: The Theological Virtue Practical for the Religious Life,” Salesian Journal of Spirituality 2/3 (1989): 259-268.

“A Salesian Example of Overcoming Human Separateness,” Salesian Journal of Spirituality 1/4 (1988): 466-473.

Donlan, Thomas

The Reform of Zeal: François de Sales and Militant Catholicism During the French Wars of Religion (Ph.D. diss., University of Arizona, 2011).

Papers read at Conferences/Seminars
“François de Sales and Religious Emotions in Post-League France” (2010)

“Douceur for the Body in Francis de Sales’ Spiritual Conferences” (2010)

“The Reform of Suffering in the Pastoral Work of François de Sales” (2011)

“Jesuit Affirmations of Francis De Sales’ Reform of Militant Piety” (2012)

“Two Catholicisms of 17th Century France” (2014)

Fehleison, Jill

“The Place of the Cross: The Pamphlet Battle between François de Sales and Antoine de la Faye,” in Sarah Alyn-Stacey, ed., Political, Religious and Social Conflict in the Duchy of Savoy, 1400-1700, Medieval and Early Modern French Studies vol. 14. Bern and New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

“Ministering to Catholics and Protestants Alike: The Preaching, Polemics, and Pastoral Care of François de Sales,” in Jennifer Mara DeSilva, ed., Episcopal Reform and Politics in Early Modern Europe. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2012.

Boundaries of Faith: Catholics and Protestants in the Diocese of Geneva. Kirksville, Missouri: Truman State University Press, 2010.

“Rules of Engagement: Catholics and Protestants in the Diocese of Geneva,” in Randall Zachman, ed., John Calvin and Roman Catholicism: Critique and Engagement, Then and Now. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008.

Mojoli, Paolo, SDB

Trasformare l’intelligenza e la volontà, l’anima e il cuore: San Francesco di Sales: metafore vive e simbolica del bene come strumenti per l’accompagnamento spirituale nell’ambito della Filotea
Tesi di Licenza in Teologia Spirituale, FACOLTA TEOLOGICA DEL TRIVENETO

Mc Donnell, Eunan, SDB


The Concept of Freedom in the Writings of St Francis de Sales (Bern-Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).

God Desires You: St Francis de Sales on Living the Gospel (Dublin: Columba Press, 2001). (Re-Printed by DeSales Resource Ministry)


“Understanding the spirituality of The Introduction to the Devout Life as an asceticism of Love”, Salesianum 75 (n.4, 2013):649-669.

“Freedom to Love: The Salesian Perspective on Education”, Divyadaan 23 (n.2, 2012): 181-198.

“Salesian Imaging of God’s Love Without Equal”, Journal of Salesian Studies, 7 (1996), 129–56.

God Desires You: St Francis de Sales on Living the Gospel, from 2011 National Salesian Conference, DeSales Resource and Ministries Inc, (DVD/CD)

Created for Communion: Meditating on the Eucharist with St Francis de Sales (private publishing, 2012) to be reprinted by DeSales Resource Center.

“La Direzione Spirituale in San Francesco de Sales: Linee Fondamentali del Metodo spiritual e pedagogic nella prospettiva Salesiana” in, Fabio Attard and Miguel Angel García, L’Accompagnamento Spirituale (Torino: Elledici, 2014), 69-100.
(to be published in English as, (Spiritual direction in Saint Francis de Sales: Outlines of the spiritual and pedagogical method in view of Salesian Youth Ministry)

A Salesian Understanding of Prayer, http://www.franz-von sales.de/icss_de/ artikel/english/mcdonnell01.pdf

“The Cross as a Window into the Unseen Mystery of God” – Salesian Theology and Spirituality of the Cross, presented to Salesian Scholar’s Seminar (Oct 2014), to be published later.

McGoldrick, Terence A.


The Sweet and Gentle Struggle, Francis de Sales on the Necessity of Spiritual Friendship, Lanham Md.: University Press of America (1996).


“Everything in Marriage is Holy”. Francis de Sales, A Christian Humanist Theology of Marriage.” Salesianum 75, n.4 (2013) 761-780.

“The Vocation of Marriage is to Live Jesus! A Salesian Interpretation of 1 Corinthians chapter 7,” paper delivered at International Seminar on Salesian Studies, Stella Niagara, NY (October 2014).

“The Ascent of Marriage as Vocation and Sacrament. Francis de Sales’ Christian Humanist Theology of Marriage. A New and Old Vision between Two Competing Traditions on the Highest Vocation from the Early Church to Erasmus “(submitted to the journal Salesianum, Sept 2014)

Peronne Marie Thibert, VHM


Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal: Letters of Spiritual Direction. Classics of
Western Spirituality Series. Introduction by Joseph F. Power and Wendy M. Wright.  Translation by Peronne Marie Thibert, VHM. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988. Korean edition, Seoul: Don Bosco Media, 2001

I Leave You My Heart: A Visitandine Chronicle of the French Revolution: Mere Marie –Verot’s Letter of 15 May 1794. Translated and edited by Peronne Marie Thibert VHM. Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2000.

Pocetto, Alexander OSFS


The Ecclesial Dimensions of Salesian Thought, (Hyattsville, MD: Institute of Salesian Studies, 1972).

French translation: “Les dimensions ecclésiales de la pensée salésienne,” Annales Salésiennes, Dec. 1967

“Freedom to Love: A Close Reading of Francis de Sales’s 4 October 1604 Letter to Jane de Chantal,” in Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition ed. Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS, (Rome, Italy: International Commission on Salesian Studies, 2007):125-44.

Yvon Beaudoin,O.M.I., Father Louis Brisson (1817-1908): A Documented Biography, condensed, by Alexander Pocetto, eds. Alexander Pocetto and Daniel Wisniewski, trans. Alexander Pocetto et al (Philadelphia: Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province, 2008).

“Love and Critical Thinking: A Salesian Reflection,” in God of the Ordinary: A Spirituality for All, ed. John Sankarathil, OSFS, (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 1999) 176-184.

“A Spirituality of the Ordinary,” in God of the Ordinary: A Spirituality for All, ed. John Sankarathil, OSFS, (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 1999)20-33.

“Spiritual Friendship in Salesian Spirituality,” in Room for All: Insights for the Millenium (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2000) 19-33.

“Foreword,” in Eunan McDonnell, SDB, The Concept of Freedom in the Writings of St. Francis de Sales (London: Peter Lang, 2009).

“The Sternness of the Gentle St. Francis de Sales,” in All By Love: New Vistas in Theological Spirituality, a Festschrift in Honour of Prof. Dr. Antony Mookenthottam, MSFS, ed. Jose Maniparampil & K. Henry Jose, MSFS ( Bangalore: Tejas Vidya Peetha, 2011).

A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and St. Francis de Sales (Wellesley, MA.: Christus Publishing, LLC, 2010).


“The Distinctive Features of a Religious Family and Christianity. Salesian Studies 3 (Autumn 1966)

“An Introduction to Salesian Anthropology, Salesian Studies 6 (Summer1969):36-62 (translated in German: “Die Salesiansche Anthropologie. Eine Einfüring,” Jahrbuch für Salesianische Studien, Eichstätt, (1977).

“St. Francis de Sales and Feminism,” Salesian Living Heritage (Spring 1986).

“On Being Human: A Salesian Perspective,” Joydhathara, Bangalore, India, 1986. (Online:).

“Franz von Sales und die gelehrten Freidenker,” Jahrbuch für Salesianische Studien, Eichstätt, 25, (1992).

“Francis de Sales, The Galileo Affair and the Autonomy of Modern Science” presented at the  International Patristics, Medieval and Renaissance Conference 1999.

“Jean-Pierre Camus (1584-1652) ein Vermittler des salesianischen Geistes,“ Jahrbuch für Salesianschen Studien,Eichstätt, 34 (2002). (Also available online in the original English, “Jean-Pierre Camus (1584-1652) as Disseminator of the Salesian Spirit,”

“Rabelais, Francis de Sales and the Abbaye de Thélème,” Indian Journal of Spirituality 17 (July-September 2004): 211-222.

“De Sales’ Vision of Ecclesial and Consecrated Life,” Review for Religious, no 67.3 (2008):266-80.

“Self-acceptance Not Self-esteem As a Basic Principle of Salesian Pedagogy, Indian Journal of Spirituality, XXI/3 (July-September 2008);232-51.

“Love and Belief, Francis de Sales (1567-1622), and the New Evangelization,” published in the April-June 2013 issue of the Indian Journal of Spirituality.

“Construire une civilisation de l’amour,” Lien Salésien 3(jan.-fev.2007):17-21.

“Construire une civilization de l’amour (suite),” Lien Salésien, no.4 (mars-avril 2007)):15-20..

“Blessed Louis Brisson (1817-1908), The Laity and the Social Dimensions of the New Evangelization,” Salesianum (January-March 2014):121-140.

“Positive Psychology, Francis de Sales(1567-1622), and Character Formation: An Introduction”, Religion in Sciences/Sciences Religieuses, published by Sage Publications online on September 23, 2014.

Power, Joseph F., OSFS


Francis de Sales, Finding God Wherever You Are: Selected Spiritual Writings, introduced and edited by Joseph F. Power, O.S.F.S.  Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 1993.

Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal, Letters of Spiritual Direction, translated by Péronne Marie Thibert, V.H.M., selected and introduced by Wendy M. Wright and Joseph F. Power, O.S.F.S., with a preface by Henri J. Nouwen, Classics of Western Spirituality. New York/Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1988.


“Love of Benevolence and Liturgy.” Salesian Studies 3, no. 1 (1966): 27-41, no. 2 (1966): 5-16, reprinted in Praying With St. Francis de Sales, ed. Antony Kolencherry,  Studies in Salesian Spirituality, No. 5. (Bangalore:  S.F.S. Publications, 1986), 65-101.

“Marketplace Spirituality.” Praying, no. 19 (1987): 14-16.

“Images for a Busy Life.” Salesian Living Heritage 7, no.1 (1992): 29-44.

“Entre l’une et l’autre volonté divine,” in L’Unidivers Salésian: Saint François de Sales Hier et Aujord’hui. Actes du Colloque International de Metz, 17-19 septembre 1992, ed. H. Bordes and J. Hennequin (Paris: Université de Metz, 1994), 265-276.

“St. Francis de Sales: Prayer in the Midst of a Busy Life.” Compass, a Jesuit Journal 12, no. 3 (July/August, 1994): 12.

“Saint Francis de Sales and ‘Lay Spirituality.’” DeSales Reflections, vol. 1 (January 1995): 11-20. Talk given at the academic convocation of DeSales School of Theology, Washington, D.C., on May 6, 1994.

Preface to Elisabeth Stopp, A Man to Heal Differences:  Essays and Talks on St. Francis de Sales.  Philadelphia: St. Joseph University Press, 1997.

“Bishops and Politicians.” America 181, no. 11 (October 16, 1999): 8-11.

“Henry Benedict Mackey, O.S.B., Nineteenth Century Interpreter of St. Francis de Sales.” The Downside Review 420 (2002): 215-228.

Daniel P. Wisniewski, O.S.F.S.


Editor, Heart of Hearts: Writings on the Life and Spirit of St. Francis de Sales, a collection of essays by Joseph F. Power, O.S.F.S. (Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resources & Ministries, forthcoming).


“Chains of Love: The Eternity of Friendship in the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales,” Encountering Anew the Familiar: The Introduction to the Devout Life at 400 Years (Rome: International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2012), 95-110.

“‘I Shall Always Take the Side of Divine Providence’: How the Spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales Supports Human Resilience during Bereavement,” Handbook on Spirituality: Belief Systems, Societal Impact and Roles in Coping (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishing, Inc., 2012), 227-239.

“Love in the ‘Unidiverse’: A Salesian Perspective on Chance,” Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science 44 (September 2009): 583-600.

“‘God has given me to you’: Divine Action in the Friendship of Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal,” in Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition: Collected Essays Commemorating the 4th Centenary of the Initial Encounter of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Rome: International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2007), 111-23.

Wright, Wendy M.


Bond of Perfection: Jeanne de Chantal and François de Sales. Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1985. Enhanced edition: Stella Niagara New York: De Sales Resource Center, 2001.

Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal: Letters of Spiritual Direction. Classics of Western Spirituality Series. With Joseph F. Power and Péronne-Marie Thibert.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988. Korean edition, Seoul: Don Bosco Media, 2001

Francis de Sales: Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God. Spiritual Legacy Series. NY: Crossroad, 1993. Revised Edition, Stella Niagara, NY: De Sales Resource Center, 2005.

A Retreat With: Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal and Aelred of Rievaulx: Befriending Each Other in God. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1996.

Sacred Heart: Gateway to God. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.United Kingdom Edition, London: Darton, Longman, Todd, 2002.

Heart Speaks to Heart: the Salesian Tradition. Christian Spiritual Traditions Series. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004. United Kingdom Edition: London: Darton, Longman, Todd, 2004.

Articles, Book Chapters, Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries and Monographs

“François de Sales: Gentleness and Civility.” Roots of the Modern Christian Tradition. The Spirituality of Western Christendom II. Ed. Roseann EIder, 124-144.  Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Pub., 1984.

“Jane de Chantal’s Guidance of Women. Parts I and II. Salesian Living Heritage. I: 1 (Spring 1986) and II: 1 (Spring 1987): 16-28.

“Reflections on the Salesian Spirit in this Year of Mary, Queen of Peace.” Salesian Living Heritage. Ill: 1 (Spring 1988): 28-31.

“Simplicity in the Salesian Sources.” Salesian Living Heritage. (Spring/Fall, 1989): 4-15.

“Jane de Chantal and the Martyrdom of Love.” Salesian Living Heritage. V: 1 (Spring 1990): 13-23.

“The Two Faces of Christ: Jeanne de Chantal” Medieval Religious Women.

Vol. II: Peaceweavers. Eds. Lillian Shank and John Nichols, 353-364. Kalamazoo, Ml: Cistercian Pub., 1988.

“That Is What It Is Made For”: Image of the Heart in the Spirituality of Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal.” Spiritualities of the Heart. Ed. Annice Callahan, 143-158. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1990.

“Spiritual Friendship and Spiritual Direction in the Salesian World.” Editor of issue and contributor. Studia Mystica XII: 1(Spring 1989): 49-61.

“Jane de Chantal’s Guidance of Women: The Community of the Visitation and Womanly  Values.” Modern Christian Spirituality: Methodological and Historical Essays. Ed. Bradley C. Hanson, 113-138. Atlanta, GA: American Academy of Religion, 1990.

“Birthing Jesus: A Salesian Understanding of the Christian Life.” Studia Mystica. XII:1 (Spring 1990): 23-44.

“Hearts Have a Secret Language: The Spiritual Friendship of Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal.” Vincentian Heritage XI: 1 (1990): 45-58. Reprinted in Room for All: Insights for the Millennium. Ed.John Sankarathil, OSFS. Bangalore, India: Asian Trading Corporation, 2007: 129-144. .

“The Hidden Life of the Gentle Humble Jesus: The Visitation of Holy Mary as Ideal Women’s Community.” Vox Benedictina 7: 3 (July 1990): 281-300.

“The Visitation of Holy Mary: The First Years” Religious Orders of the Catholic Reformation; in Honor of John C. Olin on His Seventy Fifth Birthday. Ed. Richard L. DeMolen, 21 7-252. New York: Fordham University Press, 1994.

“La Douceur Maternelle dans la direction spirituelle de Jeanne de Chantal.’ L’Unidivers Salésien: Saint François de Sales hier et aujourd’hui. Textes réunis par Hélène Bordes et Jacques Hennequin: 307-319. Paris: Université de Metz, 1994.

“Living With a Saint: Rediscovering Jane de Chantal.” Christian Spirituality Bulletin, 2:2 (Fall 1994): 6-8.

“Leaven in the Loaf: Salesian Perspectives on Collaboration.” DeSales Reflections 1
(Jan. 1995): 2-10. Washington D.C.: DeSales School of Theology.

“The Salesian and Berullian Spiritual Traditions.” Alive for God Now: Proceedings of   the Conference Exploring Contemporary Influences from the French School of Spirituality, 157-67. Buffalo, NY: St. John Eudes Center, 1995.

“Salesian Spiritualty and the Art of Spiritual Direction” Studies in Spirituality 6. (1996): 194-219.

“Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal and the Ministry of Love.” Professor R. Wayne Kraft Endowed Memorial Patron’s Day Lecture, Allentown College of Francis de Sales, Monograph: February, 1997. Reprinted in Room for All: Insights for the Millennium. Ed.John Sankarathil, OSFS. Bangalore, India: Asian Trading Corporation, 2007: 81-93.

“The Ignatian -Salesian Imagination and Familied Life.” The Holy Family in Art an Devotion. Ed. Joseph F. Chorpenning, OSFS. Philadelphia: St. Joseph’s University Press, 1998: 104 – 09.

“Jeanne de Chantal and the Martyrdom of Love: An Exploration of a Theme.”  Salesian Insights. Ed. William C. Marceau, CSB. Bangalore, India: SF5.  Publications, 1999: 13-28.

“Inside My Body Is the Body of God: Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Tradition of Embodied Mysticism.” The Mystical Gesture: Essays on Medieval and Early  Modern Spiritual Culture in Honor of Mary E. Giles. Ed. Robert Boenig.  Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000: 185-192

“Visitation, Order of.” Encyclopedia of Monasticism. Ed. William Johnson, 1st edition.   2: 1335-1337.

“Margaret-Mary Alacoque” and “Madame Guyon.” Catholic Woman Writers: a Bio- bibliographic Sourcebook. Ed. Mary R. Reichardt.  Westport/London: Greenwood Press, 2001: 1-6 and 143-48

“Transformed Seeing: Visual Devotional Imagery and the Shape of the Imagination The Case of the Sacred Heart.” Studia Mystica XXII (2001): 97-109.

“A Salesian Pentecost: Thérèse of Lisieux, Léonie Aviat and Salesian Tradition.”  Studies in Spirituality 12 (2002): 156-177.

“Caussade, Jean Pierre,” “Direction, spiritual,” “Francis de Sales,” “Lawrence of the Resurrection,” “Sacred Heart,” “Seton, Elizabeth Ann,”  “Tears, spiritual,” and “Vincent de Paul.” The Upper Room Dictionary of Spiritual Formation. Ed. Keith Beasley Topliffe. Nashville: Upper Room, 2003.

“Seeking God’s Will Together: Discernment in the Salesian World of Hearts.” Monograph of Keynote Address, June, 2003, Convocation of the Wilmington- Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales.

“A Wide and Fleshy Love: Images, Imagination and the Study of Christian Spirituality.” Minding the Spirit: the Study of Christian Spirituality. Eds. Elizabeth A. Dreyer and Mark S. Burrows.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004: 314-333.

“Sacred Heart,” “Salesian Spirituality,” and “Marriage, Family and Spirituality.” The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality.  Ed. Philip Sheldrake. Philadelphia: Westminster/John Knox, 2005. “Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Relational Mystery of the Visitation of Holy Mary.” Online journal, Theological Review of the Episcopal Academy. Spring 2006. http://www.eal1785.org/eax_spirit.aspx?ptid=350&contentId=569

“Jane de Chantal’s Testimony for the Canonization of Francis de Sales.” Human
Encounter in the Salesian Tradition: Collected Essays Commemorating the 4th     Centenary of the Initial Encounter of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal.
Ed. Joseph Chorpenning, OSFS. Rome: International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2007: 191-208.

“Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) and the Conception of the Virgin Mary.” Marian Studies LV (2008): 135-158.

“Francis de Sales (1567-1622): Introduction to the Devout Life.”  Christian Spirituality: the Classics. Ed. Arthur Holder. London/New York: Routledge, 2009: 233-244.

“The Ambiguously Gendered Ideal of a Seventeenth Century Community of Women Religious: the Visitation of Holy Mary.” Eds. Susan Calef and Ronald Simkins. Journal of Religion and Society, 11, supplement series 5, (2009): 103-113. Available http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2009/2009-14.html

Entries: “Discipline,” “Francis de Sales,” “Jane de Chantal,” “Roman Catholic Spirituality,” Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Ed. Daniel Patte. Cambridge University press, 2010.

“Seventeenth Century French Mysticism.” Major essay in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism. Ed. Julia A. Lamm. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012: 437-451.

“The Introduction to the Devout Life as Spiritual Classic” in Encountering Anew the Familiar: Francis de Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life at 400 Years. Ed. Joseph F. Chorpenning. International Commission for Salesian Studies, 2012: 23-35.

“To Live with One Heart: Louis Brisson and the Salesian Pentecost.” International Commission for Salesian Studies Newsletter, 29 (February 2013), 1-8.

Forward to Heart of Hearts: Writings on the Life and Spirit of St. Francis de Sales: a Collection of Essays by Joseph F. Power, OSFS. Edited by Daniel P. Wisniewski. Stella Niagara, NY: De Sales Resource Center, 2015.

“Prayer in the Salesian Tradition” in Prayer in the Catholic Tradition: a Handbook of Practical Approaches. Ed. Robert J. Wicks. Cincinnati, OH: Franciscan Media, 2016:  267-280.

“Jean-Pierre de Caussade and the Caussadian Corpus.” In A Companion to Jesuit Mysticism. Edited by Robert A. Maryks. Leiden/Boston; Brill, 2017: 193-224.

“The Visitation Stream of Salesian Spirituality.” In Love Is the Perfection of the Mind: Salesian Studies in Honor of Alexander T. Pocetto, OSFS.  Edited by Joseph F. Chorpenning, OSFS, Thomas F. Dailey, OSFS and Daniel P. Wisniewski, OSFS. Center Valley, PA: Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, 2017: 137-158.

“Abandoned for Love: the Gracious Legacy of French Spiritual Traditions” and Captured Yet Free: the Rich Symbolism of the Heart in French Spirituality.”  In Surrender to Christ for Mission: French Spiritual Traditions. Edited by Philip Sheldrake. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018: 15-31 and 71-89.

“The Doctor of Love and Fear of the Lord.” In Saving Fear in Christian Spirituality. Edited by Ann W. Astell. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2019: 182-208.

“He Opened His Side: Francis de Sales and the Exchange of Divine and Human Hearts.” In Mysticism and Contemporary Life: Essays in Honor of Bernard McGinn, Ed. John J. Markey and J. August Higgins. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2019: 183-204.


Twelve Part Lecture CD Series, “A World of Hearts: the Salesian Spiritual Tradition” Now You Know Media, 2012.

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