In 1987 the manual ‘Elementi giuridici e prassi amministrativa nel governo dell’ispettoria’ was published, following the earlier ‘Manuale del Segretario ispettoriale [‘Provincial Secretary’s Manual’] , integrating aspects of a juridical nature or which concerned administrative practice in the Province, taking account of both the promulgation of the Code of Canon Law in 19831, and – for us Salesians – the approval of the renewed text of the Constitutions in 1984.

Now, more than seventeen years later, during which time the text has been there to consult and guide in juridical aspects and for carrying out normative requirements above all at provincial level, we have decided to publish a new edition, revised in part. This was not only because the previous edition was out of stock, but mainly because it was an opportunity to introduce updates tied to the intervening changes in some parts of our own law but also in some aspects of ecclesial practice. As far as our own law is concerned, it should be recalled that in the most recent General Chapters (from GC23 to GC25) some modifications were introduced – albeit small ones – to the texts of the Constitutions and General Regulations, and these had to be taken into account 2, along with other capitular deliberations. In the Year 2000, besides, the renewed edition of the ‘Ratio’ (‘The Formation of the Salesians of Don Bosco’) was published, with its supplementary text ‘Criteria and norms for Salesian vocational discernment’). In regard to the Church, as well as some juridical clarifications, there was a need to deal in particular with the norms given in 1991 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in the case of dispensations from priestly celibacy. All this was looked at in coming to a conclusion that an update of the manual was needed. The changes – in reference to the previous text – are not many, but they need to be considered. The Procurator General, especially for the juridical part, and the Secretary General, worked together on the revision.

As was indicated in the 1987 edition, The current ‘Manual’ is addressed primarily and specifically to the Provincial and to those who collaborate with him in governing the Province, and for its proper organisation; in a particular way the Provincial Secretary has been kept in mind, since he is there beside the Provincial to help him in attending to the juridical and administrative tasks and to look after the Province archives.
Because of the kind of text it is, it is linked directly to the book dealing with the Provincial’s ministry of animation, (“L’ispettore salesiano: un ministero per l’animazione e il governo della comunità ispettoriale”‘[The Salesian Provincial: a ministry for the animation and government of the provincial community’]): in fact it takes up many of the topics to be found there, developing them however from the particular point of view of the law.

As far as the setting out of material is concerned, it remains the same as for the 1987 edition, as can be seen from a quick glance at the General Index.
After an introduction on the meaning of community norms, the first two chapters consider aspects regarding the various bodies of provincial government: the Provincial, his Council, the Provincial Chapter (chap. 1 and 2). Special attention is given to the role of Provincial Secretary, whose various functions are described (chap.3 ).

Three chapters follow dealing with the ‘curriculum’ of each member: the stages of incardination in the Society and of the formation that follows (chap. 4,5 and 6).
A complete chapter (chap. 7) is then given to studying the particular situations of confreres who, in various ways, are considering separation from the Congregation. It can be noted how in this chapter particularly, different updates have been added, either to take account of rulings from the Apostolic See (as in the case of the dispensations from priestly celibacy), or to explain more basically certain ways of proceeding in drawing up case documents.
Chaps. 8 and 9 set out the norms respectively for the various Houses and Province in its entirety. The following chapter (chap. 10) presents in general the duties and the faculties that the law grants to the Provincial as a Major Superior and a Religious Ordinary.
After an overview of the economic and administrative procedures (chap. 11), the last two chapters deal with two most important topics for community organisation: communication between the Provincial and the General Administration (chap. 12) and the Archives, both of the province and the local communities (chap.13).

In conclusion what was written in 1987 could be recalled emphsising that it is a question of material of an extremely practical nature: the text is in fact presented as a compendium of norms taken from universal law and from our proper law, with the procedures to follow in carrying out the different tasks. But since for us Salesians no norm has sense if detached from the fundamental purpose of the vocation and mission of our Society, once again it is worth stating the importance of reading this text in the light of the main guidelines of our Rule of life.
This way ‘juridical aspects’ too, and ‘administrative practice’ can be useful for carrying out the Lord’s plan in the provincial and local communities in the spirit of our Father Don Bosco.

Rome, 24th May 2004.
Fr Marian Stempel
Fr Francesco Maraccani
Secretary General Procurator General


それから17年以上が経過し、その間、この会則は、法学的側面において、また、とりわけ管区長レベルにおける規範的要請を遂行するために、相談に乗り、導いてきましたが、このたび、一部を改訂した新版を発行することにしました。これは、旧版が品切れであったからというだけでなく、主に、私たち自身の法律のいくつかの部分と教会実践のいくつかの側面の間に生じた変化に関連した更新を導入する機会であったからです。教会法に関しては、最新の総則(GC23からGC25まで)において、会則と総則の文章に、小さなものではありますが、いくつかの修正が加えられたことを思い起こすべきです。さらに2000年には、『Ratio』(『ドン・ボスコのサレジオ会の養成』)の新版が発行され、付録として『サレジオ会の職業識別のための基準と規範』が付されました。) 教会に関しては、いくつかの法律的な明確化と同様に、特に1991年に司祭の独身制免除の場合について神礼拝と秘跡の規律修道会が示した規範に対処する必要がありました。これらすべてを検討した結果、マニュアルの更新が必要であるという結論に達しました。変更点は-以前のテキストを参照して-多くはありませんが、考慮する必要があります。特に法律的な部分については、検事総長と事務総長が協力して改訂に取り組みました。

本書は、そのようなテキストであるため、管区長の生気育成省を扱った本(”L’ispettore salesiano: un ministero per l’animazione e il governo della comunità ispettoriale” [The Salesian Provincial: a ministry for the animazione and government of the provincial community])と直接つながっています。


続く3つの章は、各会員の “カリキュラム”、すなわち、本会への入会とそれに続く養成の段階を扱います(4、5、6章)。
第 第 8 章と第 9 章は、それぞれ管区の各支部と管区全体に関する規範を示 しています。次の章(第10章)では、大管区長および修道会修道士としての管区長に法律が与えている任務と権限について一般的に説明しています。

このようにして、”法的側面 “も、また “管理的実践 “も、私たちの父ドン・ボスコの精神に基づき、管区長および地域共同体において主の計画を遂行するために役立つことができるのです。