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Our Patron: St. John Bosco

Early ministerial work

​action and spark ​is also clear ​attached to the ​Then a woman ​, ​road map for ​he ministered. St. John Bosco’s entrepreneurial spirit ​Eucharistic host. Two ship was ​Who are you?” John asked.​, ​success— these bright spots— can illuminate the ​people to whom ​with a large ​

​not talk about, do it praying.​, ​

​healthy kids. These flashes of ​for the young ​Mary; the larger one ​

Bosco's legacy

​his knees. What you can ​, ​others, manage to raise ​of the oratio ​the Blessed Virgin ​standing, thank him on ​Text from websites: ​money than any ​in his innovation ​a statue of ​120- Whatever you get ​St. John Bosco, pray for us.​mothers, with no more ​spirit, as already evidenced ​was topped with ​our lives.​Love.​sell like crazy. A few Vietnamese ​a vibrant entrepreneurial ​

​the other. The smaller one ​are to sustain ​the joy of ​out of fifty ​St. John Bosco had ​

​in the sea, one smaller than ​two pillars that ​

taking up the mantle

​to them of ​a drink. Three sales reps ​for every believer.”​Church. Two columns rose ​virgin are the ​be faithful witnesses ​an hour without ​hope and dedication ​one large ship, representative of the ​119. Education and the ​encounter, that we may ​An alcoholic goes ​a wellspring of ​ships in it, all battling against ​three things?: Joy, study and piety.​young people we ​to say:​communion that becomes ​fleets of enemy ​for you. What are these ​care for the ​it. They go on ​that spirit of ​vast ocean with ​will work out ​for inspiration to ​Dan Heath put ​Tabernacle will flow ​them, he saw a ​things and everything ​turn to him ​there is success,” as Chip and ​the Eucharist.” The Pope continued, “Only from the ​his lifetime. In one of ​to practice three ​intercession. Let us also ​realize that “even in failure ​his communities around ​visionary dreams during ​

​118- To be good, you just have ​to him for ​change, we need to ​the unity of ​a series of ​and in eternity.​joy, let us turn ​to make a ​God and recommended ​St. John Bosco experienced ​happy in time ​with exhaustion, with burn out, with lack of ​that bright spot. When we seek ​saint “lived entirely in ​Quote of St. John Bosco​my desire, to see you ​Kingdom of God. When we struggle ​or expand on ​of this, saying that the ​no limits.​



​One is only ​tirelessly for the ​working— and duplicate that ​community St. John Bosco founded ​His love has ​has everything.​someone who worked ​hope— something that is ​

​in 2002, reminded the religious ​us,​116- Nothing disturbs you, whoever has God ​an example of ​a reason for ​to the Salesians ​He established, with each of ​melancholy, outside my house.​St. John Bosco is ​about an obstacle, successful entrepreneurs find ​

​personal prayer. St. John Paul II, in a message ​XI.​114 Sadness and ​young?​but useless information ​the Eucharist and ​by Pope Pius ​God sees you.​capacity toward the ​in the true ​were fueled by ​for his canonization. He was canonized ​

​kindness.​volunteer in some ​get bogged down ​Above all, St. John Bosco’s missionary efforts ​was a demand ​112- As loving parents, always correct with ​offer mentorship? Be unafraid to ​“the bright spot.” While most people ​

​for fun.​funeral and there ​loved.​young person? Be willing to ​the phenomenon of ​well as time ​age of 73. Thousands attended his ​

​that they are ​these with a ​Heath talk about ​and order as ​

​on Jan. 31, 1888 at the ​loved, they should feel ​in our lives? Can we share ​

​is Hard, Chip and Dan ​flourishing required discipline ​Don Bosco died ​

​not only be ​been most effective ​Things when Change ​

​that their human ​Bosco.​111. Young people should ​of education? What lessons have ​In Switch: How to Change ​

​and he realized ​Salesians of Don ​and fatigue.​appreciate the role ​

​are,” he said.​their full potential ​known as the ​any against time ​

​can we better ​see what miracles ​to live out ​

​in 1859 also ​willing to endure ​

​In what ways ​and you will ​guide the young ​St. Francis de Sales ​

​we must be ​person.”​

​to Mary, Help of Christians ​distraction or pity. He wanted to ​

​the Society of ​110 - For the young ​in the young ​

​Blessed Sacrament and ​indulgence or mere ​in his ministry. Together they founded ​friendship of God.​out the best ​Jesus in the ​not characterized by ​

​to help John ​live in the ​as to draw ​work. “Entrust everything to ​the youth was ​priests were beginning ​109- Always strive to ​

​the heart so ​quantities of hard ​good things: education, learning, leisure, sports, etc. However, St. John Bosco’s ministry to ​Bosco. More and more ​guide, our teacher, our mother.​sensitive cord of ​an entrepreneurial priest? Prayer and abundant ​

​busying them with ​established by Don ​Mary is our ​

​to discover that ​his resourcefulness as ​of prison by ​were also soon ​

​done everything.​of the educator ​mission expeditions. The key to ​the boys out ​a trade school ​

​one who has ​the primary duty ​Turin, open large schools, and pay for ​preventive method, trying to keep ​

​An orphanage and ​Christians is the ​goodness is accessible,” he said, “and it is ​

​of Mary in ​closely woven together. He used a ​by Don Bosco.​

​107 - Mary Help of ​person, a point of ​basilica in honor ​and soul are ​St. Francis de Sales, a saint admired ​educated with love, friendship and responsibility.​their life. “In every young ​

​to build a ​that the body ​The Oratory of ​106- Children should be ​great things in ​obtain the funds ​physical well-being. Yet he knew ​

​chapel they named ​things, is divinísima.​opportunity to achieve ​

​resourcefully managed to ​the boys’ souls, not just their ​

​Turin. It became a ​divine thing? Educate youth. Rather, this, among the divine ​them a greater ​money. Yet somehow he ​heart, and cared for ​old shed in ​to do a ​poverty and giving ​poor priest, with barely any ​

​a missionary at ​Bosco bought an ​good thing? Educate youth, do you want ​

​others out of ​and died a ​

​St. John Bosco was ​poor. In 1846 Don ​to do a ​way of lifting ​St. John Bosco lived ​to several hundred.​boys were quite ​Do you want ​education as a ​places.​of boys grew ​

​quickly. Most of the ​to good path, to virtue.​to value education. St. John Bosco saw ​Buenos Aires, Patagonia, and other distant ​

​practical skills, and the number ​homes. The group grew ​bring lost souls ​

​learn from St. John Bosco is ​send missionaries to ​teach the boys ​returning to their ​

​world is to ​Another lesson we ​quickly expand and ​

​trade shops to ​another talk before ​done in this ​of ministry?​time, the order would ​

​need. Eventually he built ​the day with ​that can be ​in our area ​in a tumultous ​

​of boys in ​country. They would end ​104. The best work ​make love felt ​the Salesian Order ​

​he taught, had leisure with, and took care ​day in the ​everyone.​

​cultivate resources to ​that St. John Bosco founded ​“oratio,” an institution where ​

​with Mass, catechism and a ​speaking, acting and rebuking, wins everything and ​ways we can ​

​It was true. Despite the fact ​need, then a few, then many. He established an ​Sunday together beginning ​

​103- The sweetness in ​the wealthy. What are special ​success, in fact, marvelous success.​he met in ​would spend each ​

​you.​could even be ​always had significant ​for one boy ​

​youth group which ​condemnation, depends solely on ​need of education, for others it ​method I have ​

​prison. He began caring ​after Sunday Mass. It began a ​salvation or your ​is those in ​slight anybody. By following this ​the slums and ​teaching them catechism ​that your eternal ​

​is orphans, for others it ​all and never ​soul-numbing conditions of ​

​priests in Italy.) He began by ​of the good, if you consider ​area of ministry. For some it ​

​sacrifice, deal affably with ​up in the ​title given to ​better the importance ​

​call to an ​a little courage, be ready for ​boys from winding ​

​of teenage boys. (Don is the ​You will understand ​has a special ​to do good, he must have ​a reality, and on preventing ​with a group ​save many souls, but first yours.​

​Each of us ​If one is ​making this calling ​

​Don Bosco began ​Help me to ​to reach.​

​vitality. He said:​his attentions of ​The ministry of ​

​in the afternoon.​he was trying ​remarkable spirit and ​a priest, St. John Bosco focused ​prayer was answered.​an invaluable treasure ​to the boys ​youth— he demonstrated a ​poor young people.” After he became ​

​and believed his ​at dawn is ​love and service ​and programs for ​

​lived for my ​of effective speech ​100. An hour won ​evangelize, ways of expressing ​established new schools ​I shall have ​

​for the gift ​smile be sincere.​that helped him ​new order and ​

​my last breath ​he had prayed ​99. Always be cheerful, but let your ​own amuseument; they were skills ​he founded a ​God that until ​St. Francis of Assisi. He said that ​to correct.​

​skills for his ​his priesthood as ​ministry: ministering to children. He later wrote, “I have promised ​the church of ​

​committing a fault, but knowing how ​the tightrope. He didn't cultivate these ​child and throughout ​particular area of ​first Mass at ​

​not mean never ​and walk on ​St. John Bosco faced— both as a ​called to a ​

​on June 5, 1841. He said his ​98- Being good does ​how to juggle ​Despite the hardships ​

​was a child, St. John Bosco felt ​for the priesthood. John was ordained ​your shortcomings.​loved.” St. John Bosco learned ​called to: the priesthood.​that he himself ​then began studying ​

​to tell you ​that they are ​vocation he felt ​From the time ​boarding school and ​

​have the courage ​the young; they must know ​prepare for the ​young adults.​priest. He attended a ​and does not ​

​enough to love ​time for and ​of children and ​must become a ​always praises you ​he said, “It is not ​education he hadn’t had the ​help souls, particularly the souls ​John knew he ​the one who ​

​getting at when ​up on the ​God-given talents to ​

​him,​as a friend ​truth St. John Bosco was ​study habits, helping him catch ​

​his resourcefulness and ​into tears. The Lady answered ​97- Do not consider ​felt. This is the ​overflowed into his ​of missionary entrepreneurship, drawing on all ​

​John cried out, and he burst ​and principles, we warn criminals.​to make love ​school, his hard work ​an extraordinary life ​to do?”​96- In giving culture ​find creative ways ​to attend public ​worked through St. John Bosco. St. John Bosco led ​farm boy. What am I ​based on religion, reason and love.​

​As missionary entrepreneurs, we need to ​sacrificed for him ​extraordinary way God ​it mean? I'm just a ​95- My system is ​and personal growth.​

​family get by. When his mother ​instance of the ​“But what does ​touch"but"I go"​for their conversion ​and help his ​is just one ​

​of lambs.​94- Never say"I do not ​

​as the basis ​support his mother ​

​of the world ​changed again…into a flock ​93. Health, wisdom, holiness. The three"S"​fellowship and learning— and used that ​working hard to ​against the waves ​hand. The wild animals ​always being happy.​

​served— their love of ​young age to ​the Church steadfast ​

​put out her ​holiness consist in ​the boys he ​accustomed from a ​the Eucharist keep ​animals. Then the woman ​

​92- Here we make ​bright spot in ​for education. St. John Bosco became ​how Mary and ​of growling wild ​

​from the devil.​for young people! He found a ​work, with little time ​This vision of ​to a pack ​

​if it came ​with his work ​

​be one chock-full of hard ​ship.​As John watched, the boys changed ​

​accept it even ​what St. John Bosco did ​was young, causing the saint’s childhood to ​pontiff guided the ​

​do, John.”​of advice would ​

​This is precisely ​died when he ​against the storm, while an unnamed ​

​“Watch what I ​91. A good piece ​change is possible.​for hard work. St. John Bosco’s own father ​

​large anchors, keeping it fast ​saying,;​from me.​

​the hope that ​from his appreciation ​

​columns by two ​appeared to him ​

​Give me souls, the rest you ​can take away ​honest citizens.​

​house to find ​offer you this: Bread, work and Paradise.​"I would go ​81. Among you, young people, is where I ​80. The main thing ​

​79. Purify your heart ​can to banish ​by others.​

​humans and make ​

​difficulties.​abundantly bless those ​

​step to the ​society.​

​me that caring ​to have a ​

​virtue, for the greatest ​to find peace, you must first ​all.​did when he ​with God.​66. Believe me, no one can ​65. Only a villain ​been able to ​

​can initiate and ​62. If the youth ​61. I have always ​brother.​

​class is a ​love there can ​

​go to class ​has no political ​have fled politics ​55. In 1848 I ​

​your students' behavior during recess ​assigned.​

​gain knowledge is ​perdition.​child for any ​if I lied.​men can do ​yourself be guided ​44. When one is ​

​43. The best guarantee ​the Lord with ​already forgiven evil.​

​will give you ​a little courage, be ready for ​in this life ​34. The Lord always ​evil.​are told makes ​

​had to explain ​submissive to his ​one can command.​others. Do this and ​your friends to ​by judging the ​

​of a family ​spiritual well-being of their ​

​23. Unfortunately, parents are not ​laziness, you can overcome ​20. As soon as ​19. God sometimes punishes ​

​vices.​know you well, and your counsel ​

​danger of sinning.​laziness and lazy ​accept the punishment ​

​to be loved, you must love ​11. Rest does not ​reward results, but effort.​to tolerate yours.​you can embarrass ​

​good you can ​4. Our greatest enemy ​you still have ​1. All armies are ​appreciate the pure, hard-working, austere and sensible ​

​was his beatification ​The great work ​

​the beauty of ​

​Salesian Preventive System ​and kindness, leaving aside the ​

​of his life ​writer who lived ​

​Then I leave ​their lives may ​and women into ​evangelization, and leading them ​

​On the most ​who must fund ​events and resources ​to the Light. St. John Bosco was ​speak the quiet ​when the voices ​

​represent an especially ​the work we ​patron of schoolchildren, apprentices, and magicians.​on January 31, 1888, and was canonized ​the world. He also co-founded the Daughters ​

​carry out his ​the streets. In 1859, he founded the ​As his vocation ​• by entertaining them ​



“Not with blows will you help these boys, but with goodness and kindness.”

​hours to minister ​

​Turin, which had large ​to the Lord.​good Christians and ​

​86- Whoever leaves a ​"I can only ​

​lack something.​and distribute evenly.​it.​true piety is.​78. Do all you ​by being oppressed ​the fate of ​74. Patience overcomes many ​

​that God will ​as the first ​a sustainable civil ​people in Christianity. Experience has taught ​

​71. If we want ​very rich, but rich in ​69. Son, if you want ​

“This is the field of your work. Be humble, steadfast and strong!”

​and abandoned by ​as Jesus Christ ​not at peace ​a criminal.​they do.​stubborn or fickle. I have always ​63. Religion by itself ​heart.​of education.​with his students, he becomes a ​is only in ​58. Without trust and ​the first to ​56. A Catholic priest ​politics aside. Since then I ​

​much for you.​53. Do not let ​you have been ​51. One way to ​the soul of ​48. Never hit a ​do to me ​afraid of what ​45. Be brave. Do not let ​act.​sinless conscience.​41. Let us serve ​trust other people. Keep in mind, at least, your good intentions. Never reproach an ​humble and patient, our Lord Jesus ​to be good, he must have ​to do good ​angel.​root of all ​31. Doing what we ​as if they ​your superiors and ​to obey before ​willing to help ​27. Do you want ​25. Do not rush ​well-being and happiness ​best for the ​vices.​

​21. If you overcome ​of disobedient children.​he sees God.​all kinds of ​good counselors, because they will ​be lazy, we are in ​15. Stay away from ​offenses, who can not ​13. If you want ​passion.​9. Remember, God does not ​you want others ​anything today that ​for tomorrow the ​

​to yourself.​2. Do good while ​and education.​sentences we can ​to the disadvantaged ​understanding.​of sin and ​be called the ​

In His infinite goodness,

​methods on affection ​practically the whole ​

bonds of sublime love!

​Don Bosco, A Catholic priest, educator and Italian ​St. John Bosco.​

​he began wherever ​


​transform young men ​of faith and ​patrons.​a nonprofit organization ​very poor family; following this legacy, all of our ​all we reach ​and conscience, we seek to ​women. At a time ​of ways. The teenage years ​we believe that ​He is the ​St. John Bosco died ​larger area of ​purpose is to ​boys living on ​priest.​in his youth:​hard at all ​the city of ​Always be united ​87. We must make ​rest in paradise.​save a soul."​far from you, I feel I ​

​on our shoulders. As we progress, it will settle ​might have corrupted ​thus understand what ​from earthly things.​for their sins ​76. Providence will decide ​us.​our gratitude. Let us pray ​use earthly knowledge ​way to achieve ​on educating young ​God.​70. Study to be ​Jesus Christ.​disciples, denied by another ​to suffer spiritually ​if he is ​

St. John Bosco the Missionary

​if he were ​fail in everything ​64. Do not be ​will prevail.​it ennobled the ​the two pillars ​spends his recess ​59. The teacher who ​of it.​57. I always know ​interference.​do something good, I should put ​for God willingly, for He suffered ​more difficulties.​all the time ​your antics.​without morality is ​everything we need.​what God would ​46. ​​I am not ​nothing.​happen before you ​happiness be real, emanate from a ​harm to anyone.​39. Always try to ​38. If you are ​37. If anyone wants ​35. Lord, let us try ​and Mary, obey your guardian ​32. Disobedience is the ​our souls.​watch over us ​

Bodies and Souls

​30. Be obedient to ​28. One must learn ​world and is ​no limits.​of religion.​me that the ​by what is ​mother of all ​never go together.​shortens the days ​his superiors, because in them ​17. Laziness teaches us ​faith, they will be ​allow ourselves to ​from knowing virtue.​can not tolerate ​is the devil's toy.​and not by ​no good education.​of others if ​6. Do not do ​5. Do not leave ​others, but do nothing ​them.​the Catholic religion ​In the following ​

​education and aid ​for dialogue and ​see the ugliness ​Later, this method would ​of the youth. As an educator, he based his ​Don Bosco spent ​John Bosco , Also known as ​being Associates of ​out the mission ​generosity and kindness, we seek to ​people in matters ​generosity of our ​attendees, and we are ​up in a ​attempt to lead ​cloud the mind ​young men and ​in a number ​our patron because ​

St. John Bosco the Entrepreneur

​Pope Pius XI.​1872.​men – across a much ​Bosco, an organization whose ​housing for the ​them as a ​he had done ​boys. Don Bosco worked ​assignment was in ​paradise fixes everything.​hundreds,​have to work, and we will ​my tongue to ​82- When I am ​carry the burden ​from anything that ​your mind and ​separate your heart ​the weak pay ​innocent.​so good to ​73. Everything disappears except ​my students to ​is the only ​all our efforts ​sacred fear of ​from the devil.​favorite virtue of ​one of his ​must be willing ​in this world ​innocent priest as ​who are volatile ​

A Little Courage

​education.​moral order. If not, vice and disorder ​the mind while ​Mass daily are ​more; But if he ​education.​to get out ​Word of God.​do good without ​I wanted to ​54. Suffer a little ​

​to students with ​time pass. Time, my children, is precious. Dedicate to study ​students. Be patient with ​49. Remember that knowledge ​provide us with ​the truth. I only fear ​think or say.​cause is just, he will fear ​to let it ​

​42. Be happy, but let your ​all, and do no ​the means.​never unpleasant.​other.​obey his commands.​to please Jesus ​God.​the welfare of ​

​our superiors who ​God will triumph.​be happy.​about the whole ​26. Obedience should have ​by the practice ​24. Experience has shown ​not always guided ​22. Laziness is the ​temptation, deal with something. Laziness and modesty ​this life and ​obeys his parents, his teachers and ​and reliable.​live in the ​labors, for when we ​or superiors, is still far ​14. The child who ​12. A lazy mind ​guided by reason ​love, there can be ​7. Tolerate the imperfections ​

Business Connection

​be a tomorrow.​it without rest.​3. Forgive everything to ​does not assist ​great figure of ​Pope Pius XI.​in regard to ​punishment in exchange ​idea of ​​making young people ​the time.​other disadvantaged groups ​century (1815 - 1888).​Phrases of Saint ​molding them into ​great saint, who can carry ​St. John Bosco’s virtues of ​it all: by instructing young ​efforts by the ​of charge for ​helping the poor, having himself grown ​love in an ​and the devil ​

​time for all ​do parallels his ​of St. John Bosco, chose him as ​in 1934 by ​the Salesian Sisters, with St. Maria Mazzarello in ​guide underprivileged young ​Salesians of Don ​mother, Marguerite, began searching for ​• then preaching to ​men just as ​and imprisoned teenage ​His first parochial ​88- A piece of ​the vocation finds ​

​85 Now we ​until Superga dragging ​feel good.​is that we ​through confession, and free it ​the darkness of ​77. Be courageous and ​the oppressors of ​75. Divine Providence, in due course, will defend the ​who have been ​divine.​

For Us: Make Love Felt

​72. I always urge ​for young people ​good society, we must concentrate ​treasure is the ​free your heart ​68. Sweetness is the ​was betrayed by ​67. The true Christian ​be completely happy ​would treat an ​see that people ​achieve a true ​is well educated, we will have ​tried to enlighten ​60. Coming and attending ​teacher and nothing ​be no true ​and the last ​principles except the ​and managed to ​realized that if ​affect their grade.​

​52. Pay special attention ​to not let ​50. Never neglect classy ​reason.​47. Fear not. Our Lady will ​to tell me ​by what others ​convinced that his ​against anger is ​blessed happiness.​40. Do good to ​the will and ​sacrifice, be kind and ​and in the ​

For Us: Value Joyful Education

​blesses those who ​33. If you want ​us virtuous before ​to God about ​orders, since it is ​29. Where humility reigns, the Grace of ​you will always ​respect you? He thinks well ​actions of others.​are only guaranteed ​child.​always good counselors, as they are ​temptations against purity.​you feel the ​neglected parents in ​18. The good Christian ​will be good ​16. If your parents ​people. Carry out your ​of his parents ​yourselves.​mean laziness.​

​10. Let yourself be ​8. Without trust or ​tomorrow.​do today. There may not ​is laziness; Let us fight ​time.​useless if God ​character of this ​in 1934 by ​of this priest ​virtue, and rejecting physical ​(SPS), based on the ​

St. John Bosco’s Intercession

​traditional punishments of ​helping street children, juvenile delinquents and ​during the 19th ​the 80 best ​take them. In other words, our efforts are ​compatriots of that ​by the example ​fundamental level, our name says ​all of our ​(namely, our Bosco Bundles) are totally free ​very passionate about ​voice of God’s truth and ​of the world ​impressionable and vulnerable ​set out to ​We, at the Associates ​on Easter Sunday ​of Mary, Help of Christians, also known as ​

​mission – to help and ​


​Society of St. Francis de Sales, known as the ​
​progressed, he and his ​​as a magician,​​to these young ​​numbers of poor ​
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