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Father John Rozario, SDB successfully defends his Doctoral Thesis at UPS, Rome
By Maria Lawrence
Abroad, Apr. 11. Father John Rozario successfully defended his Doctoral Thesis on the topic ''The Spiritual Profile and Teachings of Don Bosco in the Critical Edition of his ''Epistolorario'' on 11th April 2018 at UPS - Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy.
Father John Rozario presenting his Doctoral Defence at UPS - Salesian Pontifical University - Rome
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Father John Rozario sdb from the Salesian Province of Chennai successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Salesian Pontifical University. Rome at 17.30hrs on 11 April 2018.  

Professors Francesco Motto, Aldo Giraudo & Paolo Carlotti acclaimed his work as the first ever study conducted on the 7 volume ''Epistolario''- edited and published over the last 27 years by the Salesian History Institute at the Salesian Generalate. The thesis running into over 385 pages presents a detailed study into the person of Don Bosco by analysing the 3561 letters written from 1835-1881, articles by Braido Le opere e i giorni di don Bosco nell'Epistolario 1864-1868, Constitutions of the Salesian Society (1875), the Writings to the Salesians titled Ai Soci Salesiani (1875-1885),  the Memoirs of the Oratory, the Spiritual Testament of Don Bosco besides a host of other relevant Salesian literature.

Part-1 of the dissertation presents the Person of Don Bosco and the text in its historical context while Part-2 occupies itself with a critical analysis of the Epistolario of Don Bosco -examining the theological virtues of Don Bosco, Spirituality, Vision of Human Life and his mission to reconstruct his spiritual profile. The final part constructs the Spiritual Profile of Don Bosco summarizing also his spiritual teachings.

Prof.Francesco Casella, the Vice Rector of the University w lauded the work of Father Rosario as the unique and the only one of its kind executed on the subject ever, leading into many such future studies and brought the evening to a conclusion conferring on the candidate the decree of Doctorate in Spiritual Theology with a specialization in Salesian Studies.

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