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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Joseph Boenzi, SDB
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Office Location: East 203

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

STL, STD, Università Pontificia Salesiana, Rome

STB, Salesian Pontifical University, Turin

Professional diploma in Education, University of Alberta

BA, Don Bosco College, Newton, New Jersey

Joseph Boenzi, SDB

Professor of Theology


In my teaching, I bring to light how the gifts of the Holy Spirit become fruitful in the life of the individual disciple and in the coming together of the Church. My courses have highlighted the experience of the great leaders and founders of the last millennium as well as the experience and ideals of contemporary Christians committed to the Gospel in the New Ecclesial Movements. I often ask my students to see the Church as an ongoing story of ordinary people who can allow the extraordinary (charisms of the Spirit, rootedness in Christ) to transform their lives so that they become signs and bearers of God's love to new generations and new contexts. My hope is that all those who study theology will not be content to leave their studies at an academic level, but will discern ways to integrate these studies with a life of faith.

In addition to teaching at the Institute of Salesian Studies and DSPT, I am often called upon to direct retreats and to facilitate workshops or in-services for parents and educators.

Current DSPT course information and syllabi
Course descriptions and information for all GTU member schools

Past Courses taught by Joseph Boenzi, SDB

Church: Modern to Contemporary (HS-2195)
Frances D Sales: Sources & Spirit (SP-4571)
Church On The Move (STSP-4725)
Salesian Identity and Charism (SP-2130)
Francis de Sales Sources & Spirituality (SP-4571)
In Search of the Church (STSP-3035) 
Devoted to God and Neighbor (SP-4295) 
Spirituality of Francis de Sales (SP-2505)      
Devout and Direct in Daily Life (SP-4337)

“Francesco di Sales el’Introduzione alla vita devota,” in Salesianum 75.4 (October-December 2013): 615-625

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

“Don Bosco Among a New Generation of Young People,” in Acts of the Forum Salesiano 2013, published online by Don Bosco Vorming & Animatie DBVA (Oud-Heverlee, Belgium), here.

Saint Francis de Sales, Life and Spirit. Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resources and Ministries, 2013 (1st printing April 2013; 2nd corrected reprint ed., October 2013)

“Don Bosco’s Young People: The Conditions of Pre-Industrial Youth in Don Bosco’s Times,” in Don Bosco Study Guide (December 2012): 7-16, electronic version here.

“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 Bases for Salesian Prayer,” in Journal of Salesian Studies 14.1 (Fall 2006): 112-127.
“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 (50 minutes). The 2004 Joseph F. Power Annual Conference on the Spirituality of St Francis de Sales and St Jane de Chantal, Year 22, St Louis Visitation Academy, St Louis, Missouri, 5-8 August 2004; general coordinator and editor: Joanne Kinney. Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resources and Ministries, 2004.

“Encountering Others: the Forever Unfinished Treatise”, Video recording of keynote address (50 minutes). The 2004 Joseph F. Power Annual Conference on the Spirituality of St Francis de Sales and St Jane de Chantal, Year 22, St Louis Visitation Academy, St Louis, Missouri, 5-8 August 2004; general coordinator and editor: Joanne Kinney. Stella Niagara, NY: DeSales Resources and Ministries, 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 12.2 (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.

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

“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 here.

 “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. 

Research interests

  • Saint Francis de Sales in history and his spirituality
  • Youth Spirituality
  • Salesian Spirituality
  • Ecclesiology
  • History of the Church - modern & contemporary, Italy in the 19th century
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