St. John Bosco

About St. John Bosco

Feast Day: January 31

St. John Bosco was a priest, educator, and founder of the Salesians, an order inspired by the example of St. Francis de Sales. His feast day is January 31. He devoted his life to educating disadvantaged youth and juvenile delinquents. He felt that love was more important in teaching than punishment. This method became known as the Salesian Preventative System. One of his students was St. Dominic Savio.

His work would often take him to rough neighborhoods. On more than one occasion, when he was threatened, a grey dog would appear to protect him. The dog left when the danger passed. Don Bosco called the dog Grigio which means “the grey one”.

Patron Saint of …

He is the patron saint of editors, school children, publishers, young people, juvenile delinquents, and magicians.

Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest

  • First Reading – Philippians 4:4-9: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
  • Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 103: “O, bless the Lord, my soul!”
  • Gospel – Matthew 18:1-5: “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.”

Social Media Graphic and Quote

Act today in a way that you need not blush tomorrow.

St. John Bosco

This quote from St. John Bosco reminds us to think before we act.

And as disciples of Christ, it is also important to try to be good models of our faith to others, especially youth. Youth can spot hypocrisy and will turn us off if our actions are not consistent with our words.

Learn more about the Salesians

The Salesians of Don Bosco are a community of brothers and priests founded by St. John Bosco. Their primary mission is education, especially for poor and at risk youth.

Saint John Bosco, father and teacher of the young, did not shut himself up in the sacristy. He went out into the streets to look for young people, with the creativity that was his hallmark.

Pope Francis

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