Don Giovanni Bosco

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Name: Giovanni Melchiore Bosco.

Quotes:“Di Mihi Animas Caetera Tolle” “Give me souls…take away the rest.”

Born: Becchi, 16th August 1815.

Death: Valdocco, 31 January 1888. Age 72.

Proclaimed Saint:1st April 1934, Pope Pius XI

Curiosities:

  • At age 9 had a dream which was of an inspiration through his whole life.
  • Used to entertain his mates as an acrobat which followed with sharing of bible passages and Sunday homilies.
  • Had a number of dreams through his life which continued to inspire him for his work or were an occasion of formation for his kids.
  • His way of doing with the three characteristics of reason, religion and loving kindness helped him to reach youth. This system is known within the Salesian world today as the Preventive System.

Achievements:

  • At age 20 entered the Seminary in Chieri
  • Ordained as a Priest in Turin 1841, Age 26.
  • After 5 years of enormous difficulty established his first oratory in Valdocco.
  • Founded the Salesian Congregation
  • Founded the Congregation Daughters of Mary help of Christian together with Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello.