Part of the Field Guide to Flying Saints.
born: Becchi, aug16, 1815
died: Turin, jan 31, 1888
Founder of the Salesians, mostly an educator, who had a special devotion to Mary Help of Christians and had a Basilica with that name built in Turin.
When he was a boy Bosco used to present one-man shows of tricks learned from circus performers; after his performance, while he still had an audience, he would repeat what he had heard earlier in church.
John worked with young people mostly and started boarding schools for the poor, naturally some of his friends thought he had gone mad and tried to drag him away to a doctor.
Miracles are attributed to him.
Weight (approx): 91kg
Range and distribution: Italy
Color: black tunic
Special features: none