Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Feast of St. John Bosco!




January 31 is the feast of St. John Bosco! Also known as Don Bosco or Giovanni Melchior Bosco, he was the founder of the Salesian Society. John Bosco was born of poor parents in their small house at Becchi, a hill-side hamlet near Castelnuovo, Piedmont, Italy, on August 16, 1815. Don Bosco died January 31, 1888 and was declared Venerable by Pius X, July 21, 1907.

After his ordination to the priesthood, he settled in the industrial town of Turin which was flooded by peasants in search of work. Don(Father) Bosco focused his efforts on ministry to the orphans and working children of the city and established homes called oratories where they could live, learn productive trades, and be educated in the faith. In the face of much resistance by anti-clerical politicians and unfriendly churchmen, his oratories grew so quickly that by 1868 over 800 boys were under his care. As if this work were not enough, he wrote and printed countless pamphlets that popularized Catholic teaching and answered the objections of anti-Catholics and secularists and as a result, several attempts were made on his life.

Miracles reported by numerous eyewitnesses accompanied his work, including the multiplication of food. He was also known to receive supernatural guidance from God in the form of vivid dreams which he often reccounted to his companions.

To ensure the continuation of his work, St. John Bosco founded a religious congregation named in honor of one of his favorite saints, St Francis de Sales. This holy saint died in 1888, but today St. John Bosco's Salesians continue his work all over the world. For more information on Salesian Vocations please click here!

11 comments:

Father Anthony Ho said...

Happy Feast Day Father!!! May God bless you and your community!

Carlos Echevarria said...

Thank you for posting, I will cross post tomorrow.

Such an important day for you, I know.

Today was a great day for Roman Catholics, as we now have an African American, Catholic head of a major political party, mine of course, and one that is on the side of the culture of life!!!

Carlos Echevarria said...

http://carlosechevarria.blogspot.com/2009/01/st-john-bosco.html

Enjoy your day, I really appreciate your blog and your friendship!

Padre Steve said...

Fr. Anthony and Carlos thanks for the prayers! God bless you too!

Moniales said...

Happy Feast day and happy anniversary to our Salesian brothers and sisters! Don Bosco is greatly loved by many of us!

The Dominican Nuns at Summit

Padre Steve said...

Thank you so much Sisters! God bless the Dominicans at Summit as well!

Seven77 said...

Happy Feastday Padre!

Julie Maria said...

Padre, sua benção!

Thank you for yous post :)

Viva Dom Bosco!!

Today we beggin a novena to him!!!

Julie Maria

Moniales said...

Happy Feast day from your Dominican Sisters!

Esther G. said...

Happy Feast day Padre!!

Bill said...

Happy Feast Day, Padre!! I'd love to come up and see you sometime or have you come down here and say hi to my youth group! Btw, just found your blog and not even sure how. Crazy. Peace, Bill Maguire