This course is designed to introduce students to the Salesian tradition, one of the most attractive and accessible “schools” of Christian spirituality. Founded in the 17th century by Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, the tradition has taken many forms - lay, ordained, monastic and apostolic –all of which share a particular quality of heart. Attention will be given to the varied global expressions the Salesian spirit has taken: among them the Visitation of Holy Mary, the Salesian family of Don Bosco, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, the Fransalian Missionaries, and the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales. Seminal texts such as the Introduction to the Devout Life and the founders’ letters of spiritual direction, as well as the lives of notable figures in the tradition, and characteristic practices (e.g. the practice of the “little virtues,” devotion to the Sacred Heart, “preventive pedagogy” etc.) will serve as backdrop for the exploration of central Salesian themes as resources for vibrant contemporary living and ministry.