Saints and Patrons

st-mary-mazzarelloSt. John Melchior Bosco

St. John Melchior Bosco is often referred to as Don Bosco - “Don Bosco” means “Father Bosco” in Italian. Don Bosco was a man of bold courage. He was the instrument which God used to found a religious family dedicated not only to helping and educating the young and the disadvantaged but to journeying with them towards heaven. LEARN MORE

st-mary-mazzarelloSt. Mary Domenica Mazzarello

Mary Domenica Mazzarello was a contemporary of Don Bosco. Her parents, Joseph and Mary Magdalene, were proud of their eldest daughter. Mary learned common sense and deep faith from her parents. One time, when she was a little girl, Mary asked her father Joseph, “What did God do before He created the world?” LEARN MORE

st-mary-mazzarelloSt. Dominic Savio

“A little, or rather, a great giant of the Spirit" Dominic was born on April 2, 1842, in San Giovanni di Riva, near Chieri (Turin). On the occasion of his First Communion, at the age of seven, he set out his life's programme: "I will go to Confession frequently and Communion as often as my confessor allows. I want to make Sundays and feast days holy. My friends will be Jesus and Mary." LEARN MORE

st-mary-mazzarelloSt. Joseph

Salesian devotion to St. Joseph originated with St. Francis de Sales, who made St. Joseph the patron of the monasteries. Francis de Sales gave a spiritual conference on “The Virtues of St. Joseph,” Francis wrote that valor, constancy, and strength are virtues which existed in St. Joesph. LEARN MORE

St. Francis de Sales

Francis was destined by his father to be a lawyer so that the young man could eventually take his elder’s place as a senator from the province of Savoy in France. For this reason Francis was sent to Padua to study law. After receiving his doctorate, he returned home and, in due time, told his parents he wished to enter the priesthood. LEARN MORE

St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila, also known as St. Teresa of Jesus, was a prominent Spanish mystic, a reformer of the Carmelite Order and the foundress, with St. John of the Cross, of the Discalced Carmelites. She was born at Avila in Spain in 1515. LEARN MORE

Blessed Laura Vicuna

Laura was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1891. Laura's father died suddenly when she was still just a small child. Mrs. Vicuna, with her two daughters, sought refuge in Argentina. In 1900, the Salesian Sisters welcomed Laura Vicuña into their college in Junin de los Andes. The following year, Laura made her First Communion and, like St. Dominic Savio, she took the resolution to love God with her whole heart, to mortify herself and to die rather than sin, to make Jesus known and make reparation for the offenses Jesus receives. LEARN MORE

Blessed Zeferino Namuncura

Zeferino was born August 26, 1886 at Chimpay, on the banks of the Rio Negro in Patagonia, Argentina and was baptized two years later. His father Manuel was the last of the great chiefs of the Araucano Indian tribe. As a youngster, Zeferino enjoyed the peaceful rural settings and life style of his native people. He especially enjoyed riding his stead over the wide expanse of his native land with the wind blowing in his face and through his hair. LEARN MORE