Don Bosco

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John was born in 1815 in Recchi, Italy. When John was two, his father died

prematurely. As a boy, John lived on a farm with his family doing the only thing

they knew how, farming. Poverty and a lack of formal education in the home did

not stop the growth of John Bosco as a person. His mother was for real, realizing

the importance of God in life (


Getting a formal education was a constant struggle for John. The family

finances being what they were, his brothers felt that he was wasting time, energy,

and money and that it would be better for all if he stopped going to school and

worked on the farm, earning money (


At age nine John had a dream in which he saw himself changing children

from beasts into lambs. He decided immediately to become a priest and devote his

life to children, and began at once. He haunted every circus and fair; learned to

walk tight-ropes, do acrobatics, and become a conjurer at the cost of an often

broken nose ( He must have

understood physical fitness for as a youngster he was known and respected as the

town's acrobat and juggler. Many would assemble to witness his tricks. He was

then able to provide fascinating entertainment that would end with the rosary and a

verbatim repetition of the previous Sunday's sermon. What was amazing is the fact

that before any performance he would ask his audience to join him in prayer. God

was his friend This friendship with God became powerful and slowly John

prepared for the priesthood (


In 1841 at the age of 26, John was ordained priest. He was now ready to

make his contribution toward the poor and homeless


While in Turin, the rejects of society appealed to him. His awareness of

what could be in them motivated him to commit his work and style of living to the

building of people. His life is unbelievable as his burning love brought him to

hospitals and prisons, to the troubled and the dying. His ministry forced him to beg

for jobs for the boys he was helping, visited private homes, taught night classes,

heard confessions, and celebrated the Eucharist. His life was deeply questioned by

his confreres. He was deeply disturbing the establishment and efforts were made

by the authorities to have him committed to a mental asylum.

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