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St John Bosco

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St John Bosco, or Don Bosco, is an Italian educator and saint who followed the spirituality and philosophy of St Francis de Sales and founded the Salesians of Don Bosco, a community of Catholic priests and brothers. 

He dedicated his life's work to the education of street children, juvenile delinquents and disadvantaged youth, using a method of love rather than punishment known as the Salesian Preventive System using “reason, religion and loving-kindness”.

Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello, he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, a religious congregation of nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls.

In the late 1800s he also founded a lay movement to bring education to the poor. This movement, together with religious men and women belong to the Salesian family, dedicated to the service of children and youth.

Read more about the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Salesian Sisters.