Born in Turin, Italy, in 1815, John Bosco’s early life was marked by hardship. After his father’s passing, his mother, Venerable Margherita Bosco, courageously shouldered the responsibility of providing for their family.
Despite the challenges, John pursued his calling and was ordained a priest in 1841. Shortly thereafter, he established the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, a sanctuary for marginalized youth.
Renowned for his compassion and innovative approach to education, affectionately known as “Don Bosco,” he crafted a unique system centered on “reason, religion, and kindness.” He pioneered workshops to train boys in trades, schools for arts and sciences, and institutions for those aspiring to priesthood.
Don Bosco’s ministry was characterized by a profound understanding of human nature. Employing magic tricks and games, he captivated the attention of underprivileged youth who might otherwise have shunned a priest’s guidance.
Understanding the importance of continuity, he founded the Salesian Priests and Brothers, along with Saint Mary Mazzarello, establishing the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians.
On January 31, 1888, Saint John Bosco, revered as the “Apostle of Youth,” passed away, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering dedication to the marginalized. In 1934, he was canonized, his influence extending beyond the realm of spirituality.
Acknowledged for his use of magic tricks to engage with the youth, Saint John Bosco is also revered as a patron of magicians and jugglers, a testament to his ability to captivate hearts and minds through unconventional means.