Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Monday 02 August |
Saint of the Day: St. Peter Julian Eymard
Daily Prayer
And today we celebrate...Saint of the Day

Blessed Michael Rua

Turned the Salesian spring into a river

Salesian Priest: 1837-1910

His life

+ Michael was born in Turin, Italy, and was the son of a weapons manufacturer.

+ As a boy, he attended Saint John Bosco’s Oratory and Saint John was so impressed with Michael that he made him his assistant in his work with youth.

+ Michael eventually joined Saint John Bosco’s community of Salesian Fathers and Brothers and was ordained a priest.

+ Following Don Bosco’s death, Michael was elected Superior General of the Salesians. During his term, the community grew from 773 Salesians in 57 houses to 4,000 members in 345 communities.

+ Blessed Michael Rua died on April 6, 1910.

Worth knowing 

The Salesians celebrate the memorial of Blessed Michael Rua on October 29, the day on which he was beatified in 1972.


“The Salesian Family owes its origin to Don Bosco, to Fr. Rua its continuation … he developed the Saint’s example into a school, his Rule into a spirit, his holiness into a model. He turned the spring into a river.”—Blessed Pope Paul VI at the beatification of Blessed Michael Rua


O God, who raised up blessed Michael in your Church to show others the way of salvation, grant us, by his example, so to follow Christ the master, that we may come with our neighbor into your presence. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For Educators)

Saint profiles prepared by Silas Henderson

Access our archives of daily saint biographies here
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
See More