St. John Bosco was born August 16, 1815. His father died when he was just 2 years old, and his mother had to struggle to take care of her three boys. However, she never wavered in teaching the faith and the message of the Gospel to her sons.
When young John was 9 years old, he had a dream which called him to dedicate himself to the education of young people. As soon as he was old enough, he began to put his life’s work into practice. It began with love and kindness and was based on reason. This would be the foundation for the Salesians (The Society of St. Francis de Sales).
Ordained a priest in 1841, Father John Bosco chose as his life’s devotion a saying based on Genesis 14:21, “Give me the souls, take all the rest.” And so he began to have young people meet Christ. Father John Bosco’s constant union with God and his unyielding confidence in Mary has been the catalyst that has proven to be the saving grace for thousands upon thousands of young people over the years.
St. John Bosco was canonized a saint April 1, 1934, by Pope Pius XI.