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John Bosco was born on August 16, 1815 in Piedmont, Northern Italy. He was an Italian Catholic priest, educator of the young, a writer, and initiator of the Salesians.

In his youth, he became a leader for the young people he grew up with. Young John Bosco completed his elementary grades with honors in Castelnuovo, the year 1835. He was then accepted in a seminary and was ordained after six long years of study as Turin priest in 1841.

Father John Bosco founded the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to continue helping and caring the youth through preventive system. He wrote the book Memoirs of the Oratory in 1867 which highlights his own entrancing thoughts, life, and works.

He died on January 31, 1888 at the age of 72. John Bosco was declared as holy on July 24, 1907 by Pope Pius X. He later became a saint and canonized on June 2, 1929 by Pope Pius XI.

Pilgrimage Tradition

The pilgrim relic of St. John Bosco is carried into different towns and villages the entire globe where Salesians are present. As part of the pilgrim journey through 130 nations (which started January 31, 2009) and of the preparation for St. John Bosco's 200th birth anniversary on August 16, 2015, the relic of the Priest of the Young will visit the Philippines starting December 5, 2010 until January 15, 2010.

The relic will make stops in different key cities of the Philippines, in schools, parishes, and cathedrals where pilgrims and faithfuls can pray and have a chance to view St. John Bosco's wax replica.

Saint John Bosco continues to inspire the deprived and the youth worldwide through his life and works. I am inspired by a lot of things but the saint's story gave me an inspiration to live and enrich my vision to life, love our neighbors with kindness, to where it's a way of getting to know Christ, and especially give importance to the youth's education.

This pilgrimage, great opportunity and devotion to the saint, is another approach to open our hearts wide enough to God and to the goodness of others.

Negros (December 5-11), Cebu (December 12-23), Metro Manila (December 23-27), Southern Luzon (December 28 - January 5), Metro Manila (January 5-8), and Central Luzon (January 8-15).

For additional information visit http://godslovetotheyoung.info.


  1. You're invited to post photos of the Saint John Bosco pilgrimage in Negros and Cebu at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-John-Bosco-relic-pilgrimage-Negros-Cebu-Photos/146411445408100. The best photos and ones with most likes will be used in a commemorative book on the pilgrimage.