St John Bosco - our school's patron saint
St John Bosco is remembered as a man who spent his life helping poor and abandoned children and teaching them about God.
He saw terrible poverty and hunger on the streets, where he worked as a priest, in Turin, a large city in Italy. He wanted to help the poor children so that they could have a better life.
St John Bosco was very good at juggling and tight rope walking. He used to gather the children off the streets and entertain them with the many tricks he could do.
Some other people saw the good work he was dong to help these children and they decided to help him too. John Bosco and his helpers started to set up schools in Turin to help the poor children. They also set up an order of priests in the Catholic Church called the Salesians. The order spread all over the world.
The priests in this order still do wonderful work in helping young people to understand about God and his work.
St John Bosco Factfile
Feast Day - 31st January
Birthplace - Becchi, Italy
Born - 16th August 1815
Died - 31st January 1888
Canonised - 1st April 1934 by Pius XI
Patron Saint of young people, especially those living in poverty.