This month of August, we would like to feature Saint John Bosco, commonly called Don Bosco (Father Bosco in Italian) as many Catholic schools, parishes and youth centres around the world are celebrating his 200th birth anniversary.
St. John Bosco was an Italian Roman Catholic priest who dedicated his life to educating street children, kids with family issues and other disadvantaged youth.
His strategy involved gathering the neighbourhood children around himself and becoming a one-boy circus. He observed the travelling circus performers, jugglers and magicians and taught himself acrobatics, tightrope walking and other tricks.
He would lead them in prayer before he started showing his juggling skills.
Don Bosco also developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System. He also founded a congregation of priests and brothers dedicated to the care and education of poor boys, a congregation of nuns for the poor girls and a lay movement called the Association of Salesian Cooperators, with the same educational mission to the poor.
Don Bosco was canonized as a Roman Catholic Saint by Pope Pius XI in 1934. St John Bosco, pray for us!