Saint Dominic Savio

Saint Dominic Savio, prayer card, artist unknownMemorial


One of ten children of a blacksmith and seamstress. Protege of Saint John Bosco. Altar boy at age 5. At 12 he entered the Oratory School preparatory to becoming a priest. Well-liked and pious, his health forced him to give up his dream of the priesthood. He died at age 15; his dying words: “What beautiful things I see!”

His birthplace is now a retreat house for teenagers; the home where he grew up in Morialdo is now a retreat house for children. The final house in which he lived is the home in Mondonio where the Savio family moved when he was 10, and where he eventually died. Here you can see his father‘s metal shop, and his mother‘s tailoring shop. His tomb is in the basilica of Mary, Help of Christians in Turin, not far from the tomb of his mentor, teacher and biographer, Saint John Bosco.






Name Meaning

  • belonging to God (= Dominic) wise; learned (= Savio)



Death, but not sin. Saint Dominic Savio

Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a Master who pays well; who rewards even a cup of cold water given for love of Him. Saint Dominic Savio

I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God. Saint Dominic Savio

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Dominic Savio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 September 2021. Web. 25 September 2021. <>