St Don Bosco, 1815-1888, father and teacher of youth

St Don Bosco, 1815-1888, father and teacher of youth

Today, 31 January, is the feast of St Don Bosco, patron saint of young people. Don Bosco was brought up in poverty in northern Italy and as he grew up he was moved by the plight of orphans on the streets of Turin. He set up schools for them and cared for their needs and gave young people the dignity that had they had been denied. Always an entertainer, he is also the patron saint of illusionist and magicians, as he would often use different tricks to teach the young people about the Gospel. Don Bosco would often dare to go the no go areas in the city to seek out the most destitute, and often at times when he felt threatened, a mysterious dog who he named Grigio (the Grey one), would appear besides him. Here at Castlerigg, we continue to be inspired by his gentle example and his patient approach, and in his honour named our dog after him: Bosco. It seemed appropriate given that we are a youth centre and given Don Bosco's affection for dogs!