Saint John Bosco

John Bosco, Saint, 1815–88, Italian priest, b. Piedmont. As a priest at Turin he was very successful in work with boys. He founded (1841) the Salesian order (i.e., order of St. Francis de Sales) for this work and for foreign missions. Later he founded an order of women, Daughters of Mary Auxiliatrix, for similar work among girls. These orders have become very large. He was canonized in 1934. Feast: Jan. 31.

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