Don Bosco, founder of the Salesian Society. Born of poor parents in a little cabin at Becchi, a hill-side hamlet near Castelnuovo, Piedmont, Italy, 16 August 1815; died 31 January 1888; declared Venerable by Pius X, 21 July 1907, a saint by Pius XI, in 1934. Pope John Paul II called him "Father and Teacher of Youth." Through heroic sacrifices and by dint of hard work he became a priest in 1841. As a priest, he dedicated himself to the service of boys, especially the poor by offering them food, lodging, and education. Through the help of generous persons, he opened technical schools, hostels, and other institutions. Soon he founded a society of collaborators and extended his work to all of the Europe and even to the other continents.
Updated on: [August 20, 2018]