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Jacinto1 Justin Jacinto November 10, 2011 Period 2 Mr. Geelen St.

John Bosco John Bosco was born in Becchi in Italy, on August 16th, 1815. His father dies when he was two, and his mother raised him along with his two brothers. Bosco worked as a Shepherd. growing up, but he soon found he had a strong desire to dedicate his life to God. He entered a seminary in Chieri in 1835, and was ordained a priest after six years. Soon after becoming a priest, John Bosco traveled to Turin. There, he was given a duty of accompanying Don Cafasso to the city prisons. Bosco was appalled at the condition in which the children were kept in, and he decided to devote his life to the rescue of the outcasts. Bosco soon after started the Oratory, in which he taught young boys. Initially having about twenty boys attending, the number soon jumped to about four hundred. (Catholic Encyclopedia) In 1844, John Bosco was selected to be assistant chaplain at the Refugio. Bosco gained approval to have two of the rooms at this place converted into a chapel dedicated to St. Francis de Sales. The Refugio soon became the new meeting place for the Oratory. As more boys from the area began to apply for admission, Bosco began to offer night classes as well. This success was short lived, however. John Bosco was obliged to give up the rooms which he had secured for the Oratory ( Many other difficulties followed, but Bosco persevered to the point where he was considered by many to be insane, and an attempt was made at one point to confine him in an asylum. The Oratory was moved to several different

Jacinto2 locations before a final place was decided, at St. Peters Churchyard. By this time the total attendance included seven hundred members. Authorities slowly began to see the importance of Boscos work, and soon thereafter, many technical schools and workshops were built. John Bosco also inspired the building of a church, to meet the needs in the city of Turin. The large church was designed to be built in the shape of the cross. Bosco had much difficulty obtaining the necessary funds to complete his endeavor, but the charity of a number of his close friends enabled him to finally complete construction. On June 9th, 1868 the church was consecrated, and dedicated as under the patronage of Our Lady, Help of Christians. John Bosco is also recognized as the founder of the Silesian Society. He dies in 1888, on January 31st, and was declared venerable on July 21st. 1907, by Pope Pius X. He was later beatified in 1929 and canonized in 1934 by Pope Pius XI. (Catholic Encyclopedia) St. John Boscos feast day is on January 31st ( ). John Bosco is considered a saint because of his fervent passion in educating the young children who were too poor and unfortunate to have an education. His effort in starting the oratory, which started out with less than twenty members, today enrolls over one thousand. He is considered a saint because of his perseverance in what he believes in, and the considerable impacts his efforts have made. To model after this saint, I can help those who are less fortunate than I am. I could volunteer to teach children in prep classes, who are unable to attend a catholic school, but still wish to learn the catholic faith. To celebrate this saint liturgically, I would have scripture read based on the benefit of helping the less fortunate, such as the parable of the Good Samaritan. I

Jacinto3 would also have people who run prep classes for young children come in and speak to the congregation about the organization and what they can do to help.

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