Saturday, 31 January 2015

Saint John Bosco (1815 - 1888). Confessor. Feast Day 31 January.

From The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint John Bosco.
Feast Day 31 January.


White Vestments.

Don BoscoII.jpg

English: Portrait of Saint John Bosco.
Français: Portrait de Saint Don Bosco.
Date: Unknown.
Source: Own work.
Author: Fontevrault.
(Wikimedia Commons)

His Religious Family is carrying on his work, so that, on 3 December 1933, Pope Pius XI could describe it as numbering: 19,000 Religious; 1,430 Houses of Education; 80 Religious Provinces; Thousands of Churches, Chapels, Boarding Schools and Boys' Clubs; 17 Territories in the Mission Field; Hundreds of thousands of pupils, and about a million Old Pupils; about as many Co-operators, who, after his own expression, "lengthen his arm".

In Heaven, Saint John Bosco prays for them and for those who have recourse to his intercession (Postcommunion).

The following Text and Illustrations are from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

John Bosco (Italian: Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco; 1815 – 1888), popularly known as Don Bosco, was an Italian Roman Catholic Priest of The Latin Church, educator and writer of the 19th-Century. While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the effects of industrialisation and urbanisation, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street childrenjuvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth.

He developed teaching methods based on love, rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System. A follower of the Spirituality and Philosophy of Saint Francis de Sales, John Bosco dedicated his works to him, when he founded The Salesians of Don Bosco, based in Turin.

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Saint John Bosco Parish Church, 
Makati City, Philippines[1].
Photo: 18 May 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Ramon FVelasquez.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello, he founded The Institute of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, a Religious Congregation of Nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls.

In 1876, John Bosco founded a movement of Laity, The Association of Salesian Co-operators, with the same Educational Mission to the Poor. In 1875, he began to publish The Salesian Bulletin. The Bulletin has remained in continuous publication, and is currently published in fifty different editions and thirty languages.

Saint John Bosco established a network of Organisations and Centres to carry on his work. Following his posthumous Beatification, in 1929, he was Canonised as a Saint in The Roman Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI in 1934.

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