St. John Bosco


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 1/31


Patron Of: Apprentices, Young People, Boys, Editors, Laborers, Schoolchildren, Students

Also known as
    Don Bosco
    Giovanni Bosco
    Giovanni Melchior Bosco
    John Melchoir Bosco

Memorial
    31 January

Profile
    Son of Venerable Margaret Bosco. John's father died when the boy was 2 years old, and as soon as he was old enough to do odd jobs, he did so for extra money for his family. Bosco would go to circuses, fairs and carnivals, practice the tricks he saw magicians perform, and then present one-boy shows. After his performance, while he still had an audience of boys, he would repeat the homily he had heard earlier in church.

    Worked as a tailor, baker, shoemaker, and carpenter while attending college and the seminary. Ordained in 1841. Teacher. Worked with youth, finding places where they could meet, play and pray, teaching catechism to orphans and apprentices. Chaplain in a hospice for girls. Wrote short treatises aimed at explaining the faith to children, and then taught children how to print them. Friend of Saint Joseph Cafasso, whose biography he wrote, and confessor to Blessed Joseph Allamano. Founded the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in 1859, priests who work with and educate boys, under the protection of Our Lady, Help of Chistians, and Saint Francis de Sales. Founded the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians in 1872, and Union of Cooperator Salesians in 1875.

Born
    16 August 1815 at Becchi, Castelnuovo d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy

Died
    31 January 1888 at Turin, Italy

Venerated
    24 July 1907 by Pope Pius X

Beatified
    2 June 1929 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized
    1 April 1934 by Pope Pius XI

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

Patronage
    apprentices
    boys
    editors
    Mexican young people
    laborers
    schoolchildren
    students
    young people



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