Monday, January 31, 2022
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”.
He is the patron saint of editors, school children, publishers, young people, juvenile delinquents, and magicians.