Don Bosco School History
Don Bosco was established in......
Our Patron Saint
St. John Bosco
John Bosco was a man who never gave up and always kept fighting for what he believed in. He loved to help others and this led him to run an orphanage for young boys who were often troubled . These but John Bosco, because he was so devoted, changed these boys around.
John was born on August 16, 1815 in a small cabin in Recchi, Italy. When John was only a bit older than two his dad died leaving his mother to support three boys. This led the family into poverty.
In his early years John Bosco worked as a shepherd to earn money for the family. As he grew older, the more he wanted to know about Jesus but, because of the poverty at home, John was forced to become a shepherd once again.
In 1835 John entered a seminary at Cheiri and studied to become a priest for six years. Finally in 1841, on the eve of trinity Sunday, he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Franzoni of Turin.
After becoming a priest John started gathering boys every Sunday to have mass and join in activities out in the country. After mass was finished they would have breakfast followed by games. In the afternoon John and the boys would have picnic and a catechism lesson. The last thing they would do was evening prayers. This group kept growing bigger and bigger because of John’s love for boy’s and because John had a gift in connecting with boys who had difficulties.
The number of boy’s increased quickly and John Bosco had to find a place for him and the boys to live. He did. John’s mother became the housekeeper and John took in more and more boys. Soon the group of boys that was once 40 turned into a group of 150. As a result of taking in and caring for so many boys, he was often called Don which means father.
John gave these boys training so they could become shoemakers and tailors. In addition to teaching the boys religion, John also taught the boys how to play musical instruments, let them preform in plays and engage in sports.
During this time the state did not support the church and for many years people tried to kill John Bosco. They tried to assassinate him. John bravely continued helping the boys and eventually his enemies started to support him.
John kept working hard helping young boys and soon, people who were close to him, started to worry about his health. They said he needed more sleep and to rest more often. John said that he would have enough time to rest in heaven but right now he had to work because devil never rested from his work.
John started a religious community of priests In 1859 which cares for Boys who have been neglected. This community is called Salesians because they admired Francis de Sales. It is still active today. Later, John, with the help of St. Mary Mazzerello, began a community of Sisters called Daughters of Our Lady, Help Christians, to help girls.
When John Bosco died on January 31st, 1888, 40 000 people came to his wake. We are proud to have him as our Patron Saint here at Don Bosco School!!!