Book of Saints – Saint John Bosco

Saint John BoscoArticle

January 31

John was born on a little farm near Turin, Italy, in 1850. His parents were very poor. He walked four miles every day to school for half the year, and then worked in the fields for a farmer, then a tailor, a baker, a shoemaker, and a carpenter. In this way he worked himself through high school, college, and seminary, and became a priest.

Boys loved Father John. He found places for them to meet, to play, and to pray. He rented an old barn in a field which he called “The Oratory.” It was a home for boys, especially the poor boys who needed a home. He started many of these oratories. He believed that prayer and Holy Mass and Communion and confession are the best ways of making boys good.

He was called Don Bosco. He founded the religious order of Salesians, a group of priests who would help him in his work for boys in many countries. They taught boys many trades. Many of the boys became priests. He is known as the Apostle of Youth.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint John Bosco”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 January 2019. Web. 19 September 2019. <>