Salesian Holiness

John Bosco

Beatifiied  2-6-1929
Canonised 1-4-1934

At The Becchi, then seminarian in Chieri

John Bosco was born in Castelnuovo d’Asti on 16 August 1815 of a peasant family.

His father, Francesco Bosco, left him an orphan at the age of two, and Margherita Occhiena found herself raising Anthony, Joseph and young John on her own.

Margaret, a wise educator, made her family a domestic church by exercising a gentle  firmness combined with boundless faith.

John began to feel the desire to become a priest from an early age. He told of having had a dream at nine years of age which revealed his mission to him: "Make yourself humble, strong and energetic", a woman dressed resplendently told him, "and what you see happening to these animals in a moment is what you must do for my children... I will teach you. In time, you will understand everything. " From the time he was a young lad, John began to entertain his companions with magic tricks, learned with hard training, alternated with work and prayer.

The elderly Fr Calosso started him out on his priestly studies, which he had to face with difficulty until he left his home due to the opposition of his brother Anthony. He wanted John to work in the fields.

As a seminarian in Chieri, John started the Society for a Good Time (Società d'Allegria), which gathered some of the young people of the town. In June 1841 he was ordained a priest. His spiritual director, Fr Cafasso, advised him to perfect his studies in the Pastoral Institute (Convitto ecclesiastico).

The Preventive System

Meanwhile, Don Bosco was gathering the first boys around him, and organised a festive (weekend) oratory, which was initially a wandering oratory and then established itself at Valdocco. Margaret, now an older woman, agreed to come to Turin to help him, and became "Mamma Margaret" for the boys.

Don Bosco began to provide shelter to homeless orphans, teaching them a trade andto  love the Lord. He would sing, play and pray with them.

His first co-workers also came from these first boys. Thus his educational method developed, the famous "Preventive System": "Stay with the boys, prevent sin with reason, religion and loving kindness.. Become saints, educators of saints. Our boys must realise they are loved.". Over time these early co-workers, thanks also to the help of Pope Pius IX, became a Congregation that aims at the salvation of youth, fighting all poverty, with the motto "Give me souls, and keep everything else".

The young Dominic Savio is the first of the fruits of the preventive system. Mary Help of Christians, who always supported Don Bosco in his work, obtained numerous graces, including extraordinary ones, and the money needed for all his enterprises. She also helped him build the Basilica named after her.

The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Cooperators

With the help of Saint Mary Domenica Mazzarello Don Bosco founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. Together with his benefactors and committed lay people he created the Salesian Cooperators.

Don Bosco died from overwork at 72 years, on 31 January 1888. Today the Salesians are present throughout the world, and he has been recognised by the Church as the "father and teacher of the young".

Pius XI, who had known him, beatified him in 1929, and canonised him on Easter Sunday, 1 April 1934.

 

Resources in general
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Liturgy
Eucharist
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Readings
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Collect and Liturgy of the Hours
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Other materials
LDC editorial news
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Triduum of Don Bosco FORMATORS
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Week of Don Bosco YOUTH
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Documents
Don Bosco writes to you (pastoral letter of Cardinal Martini, 1988)
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Life of Don Bosco
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Maxims of Don Bosco
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Bibliography of Don Bosco
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Don Bosco Competition
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Photos
Photographs Don Bosco
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Drawings
Images of Don Bosco
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Video
Don Bosco at Colle, Casket 2014
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Music
Music - Don Bosco
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Music sheets
AH! SI CANTI IN SUON DI GIUBILO.
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DON BOSCO RITORNA! '88. D. Machetta . .
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GIÙ DAI COLLI. Rastello-Gregorio
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CAMPANE SUONATE. Rastello-Pagella
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SAPIENTIAM. Uguccioni-Lasagna
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DOLCISSIMO SANTO. Gallini-Antolisei
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O BUON PADRE. Gallini-Antolisei.
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DON BOSCO, LA GLORIA DEI CIELI. V.Cimatti.
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SALVE, DON BOSCO SANTO. Sanchez
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DON BOSCO 2000. Domenico Machetta.
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UN CUORE GRANDE. Lagorio.
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CUORE DI DIO. Cutùli.
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VERDI LE TUE VALLI. Pasqualetti.
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ONCE UPON A TIME. Gonzo.
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Links
'Story of Don Bosco' by the LDC publisher.
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Don Bosco - CHILDREN
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Don Bosco - ADOLESCENTS
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History:
  History
Significant historical dates
Don Bosco for us
Priest of young people
The first dream
Fascinating saint
The dream of the development of society
Education:
  The style of Don Bosco
Don Bosco educational system
*  Reason
*  Religion
*  Loving Kindness
Communication:
  Don Bosco writer and editor
The half-divine book
Writings of Don Bosco
Circulars of Don Bosco
Searches:
  Bibliography of Don Bosco
Subsidies:
  Subsidies on Don Bosco
Music:
Photo:
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