At the age of 26, Rua served as the Rector of Mirabello, the Society's first house outside of Turin (1863–65), then returned to Turin to be Vice Rector at Valdocco, and manager of the Letture Cattoliche (Catholic Readings). He was involved in the formation of candidates to the Society, and was the first director of the Salesian Sisters, formally called the "Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians," founded in 1872.
Rua was a constant companion of Bosco on his journeys, and became the Vicar of the Society in 1865. At the explicit request of Bosco, in 1884 Pope Leo XIII designated him to be Bosco's successor and confirmed him as Rector Major in 1888, after Bosco's death. To date he has served the longest term in this office of anyone.
Nicknamed "The Living Rule" because of his austere fidelity, Rua was also known for his fatherliness and goodness. As the numbers of members and communities increased he sent Salesians all over the world, showing special care for the missionary expeditions.
In the long journeys which he undertook to visit the Salesian works in Europe and in the Middle East he was a constant source of comfort and encouragement, always referring to the founder of the Society: "Don Bosco used to say… Don Bosco used to do it this way… Don Bosco wanted…”
When Rua died in 1910, at the age of 73, the Society had grown from 773 to 4,000 Salesians, from 57 to 345 communities and from 6 to 34 Provinces in 33 countries around the world.
Read more about this topic: Michael Rua
Other articles related to "leadership":
... In October 2007 R ... Scott Phillips was named the executive director ...
... Crown Prince Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. ...
... Venturing youth are eligible for the Venturing Leadership Award ... Prior to December 31, 2011, the Venturing Leadership Award was available for youth and adults ... be eligible to receive any of the Venturing Leadership Awards ...
... than senators, and usually vote as the leadership directs ... Incentives to cooperate include the leadership's power to select committee chairs, determine committee assignments, and provide re-election support in the primary and general elections ... As a result, the leadership plays a much greater role in the House than in the Senate, an example of why the atmosphere of the House is regarded by many as more partisan ...
... Pam Barrett resigned the leadership of the Alberta New Democrats in 2000, but for health reasons she opted not to retain the leadership until her successor could be chosen, instead announcing that ... Brian Mason, who succeeded Pannu to the leadership in 2004, also took the position of interim leader before securing the full leadership at convention ... Danny Williams resigned the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, similarly choosing to step down immediately ...
Famous quotes containing the word leadership:
“The liberal wing of the feminist movement may have improved the lives of its middle- and upper-class constituencyindeed, 1992 was the Year of the White Middle Class Womanbut since the leadership of this faction of the feminist movement has singled out black men as the meta-enemy of women, these women represent one of the most serious threats to black male well-being since the Klan.”
—Ishmael Reed (b. 1938)
“A woman who occupies the same realm of thought with man, who can explore with him the depths of science, comprehend the steps of progress through the long past and prophesy those of the momentous future, must ever be surprised and aggravated with his assumptions of leadership and superiority, a superiority she never concedes, an authority she utterly repudiates.”
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton (18151902)
“This I do know and can say to you: Our country is in more danger now than at any time since the Declaration of Independence. We dont dare follow the Lindberghs, Wheelers and Nyes, casting suspicion, sowing discord around the leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt. We dont want revolution among ourselves.”
—Lyndon Baines Johnson (19081973)