St John Bosco Remembered

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St John Bosco Remembered

The Servant Song played as Mass started at St John’s Church in Glenorchy on the feast of St John Bosco: “Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you.”

Don (Italian term for ‘Father’) Bosco began the Salesian Congregation in 1859 in Turin, Italy. Today there are 16,000 Salesians worldwide, with 125 in Australia. In Glenorchy, the Salesians run Dominic College and are responsible for the Parish.

Don Bosco also started the order of Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians to aid poor girls and the Salesian Co-operators, a lay group.

On the feast of Don Bosco, Fr Lawrie Moate celebrated early Mass with parishioners in the parish church. He reminded them of the inspirational life of Don Bosco who was a teacher, acrobat and magician; he looked after poor neglected boys, setting up hostels, clubs and schools for them.

His motto was “gently, gently, if you want to win them” and he avoided all traces of severity with the children in his care. He was gentle and humble of heart and saw himself at the service of the poor.

St John Bosco is the patron saint of editors, as he wrote prolifically, started a publishing company and founded the Salesian Paper Mill, Printing Works, Bindery and Bookshop.
His feast day is 31st January.