Our Religious Family and St. John Bosco, Patron of Youth
Da mihi animas, cetera tolle (Give me souls, take all the rest) was the constant prayer of St. John Bosco (1815-1888) and his only interest: bringing souls to Christ. Our Religious Family has always held Don Bosco in great esteem, adopting his spirit and method of youth apostolate from the “Oratory” model to the use of the encouraging “Preventative Method” in dealing with troubled youth.
In addition to his great influence on our methods of apostolate, Don Bosco is well known to our sisters, seminarians and priests through his written memoirs of the Oratory in Turin, his exemplary life as a founder, his prophetic dreams, and the family of saints he gave to the Church: St. Maria Mazarello, St. Dominic Savio, St. Aloysius Versiglia and St. Callistus Caravario (Proto-Martyrs), Bl. Michael Rua, Bl. Laura Vicuña, Bl. Zepherino Namuncura, Bl. Phillip Rinaldi, and many more. Today the Salesian Family has 8 saints, 110 blesseds, 8 venerables, and 28 servants of God.
Relics of Don Bosco Traveling the World
In preparation for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth, the relics of St. John Bosco—known affectionately by the Italian title for a priest “Don Bosco”—are making a worldwide pilgrimage. Began on January 31, 2009, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Salesian religious community, the tour of the relics will conclude on his 200th birthday, August 16th, 2015. During September and October of this year the relics have been on pilgrimage here in the United States and in Canada.
More than just a field trip…a journey towards holiness
The 7th and 8th Graders from St. Paul’s School in Harlem visited the relics of St. John Bosco, a way of encountering the reality of this great modern saint who lived the gospel and emmulated Christ. On Thursday September 30 over 70 of our middle school students along with the sisters from the St. Paul Convent and volunteers from the school made their way from Manhattan to the Salesian Marian Shrine at Stony Point, New York where the relics of St. John Bosco were on display. This special time of prayer allowed the students a chance to ask for the strength and graces to be holy amid the difficulties of the urban youth culture of today, especially as they prepare to enter high school.
Nearly the Whole School Goes to St. Patrick’s
The following morning on October 1st, a large group of over 150 students from St. Paul’s set out this time to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Mid-town Manhattan where they joined thousands of local pilgrims in venerating St. John Bosco and asking for his intercession.
May the prayers and example of St. John Bosco bring forth ever more holy youth in the Church for the salvation of souls and the glory of God!
“Whoever receives one child such as this in
my name, receives me”(Mark 9:37)