Venerable Margaret Bosco

detail of a painting of Venerable Margaret Occhiena; c.1900, artist unknown; photographed on 13 September 2014 by Kertraon; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Mama Margaret
  • Margaret Occhiena
  • Margherita Occhiena Bosco


Married to Francis Bosco. Mother of Joseph and Saint John Bosco. Widowed in 1817 at age 29. Took care of her sons, her mother-in-law, and her brother-in-law. In 1846, at age 58, she moved to Turin, Italy where she spent her last ten years helping Saint John in his work with poor and abandoned boys, helping begin the work that would lead to the formation of the Salesians, and becoming the surrogate mother to a small army of neglected boys whose lives were turned around.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Margaret Bosco“. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 24 September 2021. <>