Today we remember Saint John Bosco, Priest – (1815 – 1888).- John Bosco had particular concern was for the young in Turin, where, as in so many cities in the 19th century, the industrial revolution was bringing enormous movements of population and consequent social problems, especially for the young men who came there to work. He devoted himself to their care, first of all by means of evening classes, to which hundreds came, and then by setting up a boarding-house for apprentices, and then workshops for their training and education. Despite many difficulties, his enterprise grew, and by 1868 over 800 boys and young men were under his care. To ensure the continuation of his work, he founded a congregation, which he named after St Francis de Sales, and today the Salesians continue his work all over the world. Patron Saint of Educators and Students.
(Thank you to Daylesford Abbey)