Our Founder, St John Bosco

  Da mihi animas cetera tolle

St. John Bosco was born on August 16, 1815 in a small town not too far from Turin, Italy. He was barely nine years old when he had a dream, which called him to dedicate himself to the education of young people. Becoming a priest in 1841 he chose “Da mihi animas cetera tolle” (“Give me souls, take all the rest”) as his life’s programed. Guided by the vision he had in his childhood days, he began his apostolate among poor young people with the founding of the Oratory, which he placed under the patronage of St. Francis of Sales. The basic principle of his system is his deep understanding for underprivileged young people. His educational philosophy can be summed up in three words: REASON, RELIGION, and LOVING KINDNESS. Thus, he has been known as the Father and Teacher of Youth. He died on January 31, 1888, and was declared as a saint on April 1, 1934