On January 31, the Church honors the Memorial of St. John Bosco - Friend of the Youth. He was called, Apostle of Youth, because, he dedicated his life to the young people by organizing youth clubs, hostels, and boarding schools where he taught them. He founded the Salesian Society for the boys in 1854, which was named St. Francis de Sales. In 1872, he also founded the Salesian Sisters called Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians to work for girls.
St. John Bosco had no formal system or theory of education. His methods centered on persuasion, authentic religiosity, and love for young people. He was an enlightened educator and innovator. The educational philosophy of John Bosco can be condensed in three words: Reason, Religion, and Loving Kindness. The basic principle of his system was a deep understanding and love for young people and their problems.
St. John Bosco
Lord, you called John Bosco to be a teacher and father to the young. Fill us with love like his. May we give ourselves completely to your service and to the salvation of humankind. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.