St John Bosco

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  • Don Bosco’s birth

    Don Bosco’s birth
    Don Bosco is born in I Becchi, Italy.
  • Bosco’s father’s death

    Bosco’s father, Francis Bosco dies of Pneumonia.
  • Saltimbanqui

    Saltimbanqui
  • John’s first teacher

    John’s first teacher
    John meets Fr. Joseph Lacqua, his first teacher.
  • Bosco’s first dream

    Bosco’s first dream
    In 1825, Bosco is nine, and has the first of a series of dreams which would play an influential role in his work and outlook.
  • John’s first communion

    John’s first communion
    John makes his first communion on Easter Sunday. Mamma Margaret repeatedly tells him: “John, my son, God is going to give you a great gift. Try to prepare yourself to be worthy of him.”
  • Looking for a job

    Looking for a job
    Bosco leaves home in February, 1828, at the age of twelve. After begging unsuccessfully for work, Bosco ends up at the wine farm of Louis Moglia.
  • Meeting Don Calosso

    Meeting Don Calosso
    Don Bosco meets Fr. Joseph Calosso. Don Bosco begins to study Italian grammar and Latin.
  • Studying in Chieri

    Studying in Chieri
    John stays in Chieri public school for ten years. The experience of living as a boarder not only allows him to develop his knowledge of different trades, but also prepares him psychologically for his future youth apostolate.
  • Seminary

    Seminary
    John enters St. Philip's Seminary in Chieri. He begins his philosophical and theological studies.
  • John Bosco is ordained to the Diaconate

    John Bosco is ordained to the Diaconate
  • Oratory

    Oratory
    Oratory numbered 20 boys.
  • Margaret and the Oratory

    Margaret and the Oratory
    John Bosco´s mother moves to the Oratory to help care for the boys.
  • Michael Rua

    Michael Rua
    A boy named Michael Rua comes to the Oratory for the first time.
  • Don Bosco’s illness

    Don Bosco’s illness
    Because of his long and serious illness, Don Bosco decides to stay at home for a while until his health recovers. When he returns to Turin, his mother Margaret comes with him and becomes mother to his boys.
  • Don Bosco’s second Oratory

    Don Bosco’s second Oratory
    Don Bosco starts his second Oratory in Porta Nuova.
  • Salesian society

    Salesian society
    Salesian Society is officially recognized.
  • Dominic Savio

    Dominic Savio
    Dominic Savio is registered at the Oratory. He will be the first pupil of Don Bosco to be canonized.
  • First carpentry shop at the Oratory

    First carpentry shop at the Oratory
    The first carpentry shop opens at the Oratory; the first two high school grades are introduced.
  • Mamma Margaret’s death

    Mamma Margaret’s death
    Mamma Margaret dies in Valdocco Oratory in Turin.
  • Dominic Savio dies

    Dominic Savio dies
  • Michael Rua is ordained as a priest

    Michael Rua is ordained as a priest
    Michael Rua is the first of Don Bosco's students to be ordained as a priest.
  • Sanctuary of Our Lady Help of Christians

    Sanctuary of Our Lady Help of Christians
    Don Bosco begins the construction of the Sanctuary of Our Lady Help of Christians in Valdocco.
  • Don Bosco visits Varazze

    Don Bosco becomes very ill as he went to visit the Salesian Institute in Varazze.
  • Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

    Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
    Don Bosco begins a female association to care for the education of girls. The new society of women is called, 'Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians', and is popularly known as the 'Salesian Sisters'.
  • Sacred Heath Basilica

    Don Bosco travels to Rome for the last time for the consecration of the Sacred Heart Basilica.
  • Don Bosco’s death

    Don Bosco’s death
    Don Bosco dies at Turin, Italy.
  • Don Bosco is canonized

    Don Bosco is canonized
    Don Bosco is canonized by Pope Pius XI on Easter Sunday.