Salesian Holiness

Margaret Occhiena

 
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Declared Venerable on October 23, 2006

Capriglio

Margaret Occhiena was born on 1 April 1788 in Capriglio, in the province of Asti, sixth of ten children. The same day she was baptised in the parish church. Her parents were farmers with sincere Christian sentiments. From a young age Margaret was a great worker. Time and commitments did not give her the opportunity to study, but her love for prayer enriched her with the wisdom that is not found in books.

Francis Bosco: The Becchi

In 1812 she married Francis Bosco. Francis was 27 years old, a widower, with a three-year-old son, Anthony, and a sick dependent mother. The following year, Joseph was born and in 1815 John (the future Don Bosco). Together they move to the Becchi, a hamlet of Castelnuovo d’Asti. In 1817, Francis died of pneumonia.

A woman of great faith

The twenty-nine-year-old Margaret found herself facing the family's management at a time of great famine, assisting Francis' mother, as well as Anthony, and the little Joseph and John. Margaret was a woman of great faith. God was always to the fore in her thoughts and on her lips.

A mother's heart

The love of the Lord was so intense that it formed a mother's heart in her. A wise educator, she was able to combine fatherliness and motherhood,  gentleness and firmness, vigilance and trust, familiarity and dialogue, raising her children with selfless, patient and demanding love. Attentive to their experience, she trusted in human means and divine help. Three boys with a very different temperament grew with the same criteria but with different methods. She taught them the catechism and prepared them to approach their first communion.

Accompany your child

Hearing young John's dream at nine years of age, she was the only one who could interpret it in the light of the Lord: "Who knows if you should not become a priest". She allowed him to spend time with some of the difficult boys boys, because they behaved better with him. Anthony's hostility to John's studies forced her to remove her younger son so he could study. She accompanied him in his desire to become priest until his ordination. On that day she would utter some words that would remain in Don Bosco's heart throughout his life.

Mother of the Oratory

When in 1846 Don Bosco became seriously ill, Margaset went to assist him, discovering the good he did for the abandoned youth. At the request to follow him, she replied: "If you believe that this is the will of the Lord, I am ready to come". The presence of Mamma Margaret transformed the oratory into a family. For ten years her life merged with that of her son and with the beginnings of Salesian work: she was Don Bosco's first and foremost co-worker; she became the maternal element of the preventive system; she was, without knowing it, a "cofounder" of the Salesian Family.

Dies in Valdocco

Margaret died in Turin, struck down by pneumonia, on 25 November 1856, at the age of 68. Many boys went to the cemetery, mourning her as a m would be mourned. Generations of Salesians called her and stil call her "Mamma Margaret".



  


 

Resources in general
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Communications
Mamma Margaret - Letter to Provincials
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Mamma Margaret - Letter to Provincials
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Mamma Margaret - Letter to Provincials
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Documents
Don Bosco's mother - E. dal Covolo 2006
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Votes of theological consultors 2006
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RECALLING MAMMA MARGHERITA OCCHIENA
IT
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Don Bosco and Mamma Margherita at Colle 16/08/2006
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Proverbs of Mamma Margherita from Natale Cerrato
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Mamma Margherita by Teresio Bosco coll. Witnesses
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Mamma Margaret Tigaraksa id.2003
Indonesia
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Biography by Benzinger Sisters
EN
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Information on LDC resources
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Biography of Teresio Bosco with Presentation of R.M
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List of Celebrations in Capriglio in 2005-2006
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Bibliography
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Cover of the book by Fr Aldo Fantozzi
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Cover of the book by  Fr  Philip J. Pascucci
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Cover of the book by Fr Jozef Gallovic
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Power Point
Mama Margarida vida.pps
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Margherita Occhiena, Don Bosco's mother
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Images
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Paintings
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Drawings
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Margherita and Giovanni
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Bronze reliefs
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Bronze statues
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Music
Viva Mamae Margarida (3.2 MB) Author: Toninho Orlando, Pantheon Society Band - Dom Bosco College of Manaus
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Year
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Title and Contents
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2006
Commemorazione secondo il Decreto di
Data | 28-11-2006
19802
2006
sonetto Espagnol
Data | 25-11-2006
19767
2006
celebrazione
Data | 25-11-2006
19770
2006
Grazie Mamma Margherita!
Data | 22-11-2006
19758
2006
Mamma Margherita, Mamma di un chiamato
Data | 22-11-2006
19751