John "Don" Bosco

John "Don" Bosco

Patron Saint of Editors, schoolchildren, & wayward youth
Invoked for refuge against exploitation
Feast Day: January 31

John’s story took place long ago. John was born into a life of poverty – his father died when he was 2 years old and John became a peasant farmer while very young. When John expressed a desire to be a Priest, his mom found a way to get him into school for 6 months out of the year. His school clothes were donated by benefactors and he walked 4 miles to school and 4 miles back each day. When he finally became a Priest he began serving as a Chaplain helping young girls who lived in a hospice. He later met an orphaned boy and taught him catechism so the child could receive his First Holy Communion. Later, John had a dream and realized there was a great need in the community where he lived – young boys were being taken advantage of by greedy businessmen who had the children working long hours for extremely low wages. John resigned as Chaplain and with the help of his mom, he began housing young boys who were homeless and in need of guidance. Soon he and his mother housed dozens of wayward youth. He finally formed the Oratory of Saint Frances de Sales for Boys and gave many homeless kids a home and a place to learn skills and earn decent wages. His Oratory included a printing press that helped to publish religious materials. He was known as an “Apostle to Youth” and worked diligently to help youngsters grow into responsible and caring adults. John Bosco soon gained a great reputation for being able to help even the most abused, abandoned and neglected children. John was said to be a visionary which is not hard to believe since the Order he created has now grown into one of the largest in the world. One of his schools is located in Phoenix, Arizona where a young man named Richard goes to school. His mom Ann is a loyal supporter of – all of us at pray “Rich” will make his mom proud by doing well in school and by always striving to “do the right thing” as John Bosco did throughout his life.@2009

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