Feast Day: 31 January

Patronage: Editors and Publishers, School children, Magicians and Juvenile delinquents

St John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, was born in Becchi, Italy, in 1815.

The was the end of the Napoleonic Wars which had ravaged the area already experiencing a drought and a famine. At a young age, John lost his father, leaving him and his two older brothers to be raised by his mother, Margherita.

John attended church and when he was not in church, helped his family around the farm. Despite their poverty his mother also found enough to share with the homeless who sometimes came to the door seeking food, shelter or clothing.

After being ordained a priest, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children and other disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment.

He founded the Salesian Order, died in 1888 and was canonized in 1934.