- To publicise the work done in the name of Don Bosco, not in any self congratulatory way
but rather that people may be inspired to
support it, or to do something similar, or at least to have a better understanding of the
needs of young people today, and ways to meet these needs.
- To provide a document which explains by examples what it means to work in a Salesian way.
- To provide a means of communication for all who feel they are part of the Salesian Family,
or in any way associated with it. There is a danger of taking people for granted,
especially those who because of age, health or relocation are no longer able to take an active
part in Salesian work. There are so many people who did so much for young people and who rely
on Don Bosco Today to keep them informed and in-family. You have only to read some
of the hundreds of letters written to 'Don Bosco Publications' to realise how many people
still feel proud to be valued members of the Salesian Family.
- To offer to English-speaking people, whatever their creed or culture, a taste of the
charism of Don Bosc, not in any academic way but in a way that any person of good will can
understand and appreciate. At the same time these articles should be meaty - the work is too
valuable to trivialise.
- To provide examples and explanations which may be of use in training people, especially
young people, in the ways of youth ministry. Many of the articles are not only examples of good practice
but contain a template which can be used to train others.
- To offer past pupils of our schools, past members of our youth clubs or parishes, all
who feel they have benefited from their experience of Don Bosco's ways, an update on the work of
Don Bosco. We would do them a great disservice if we left them thinking that we haven't had the
courage to change.
- To offer a form of advocacy for the young, defending the rights of young people in a world
where they are so often marginalised.