Don Bosco’s relics touring the UK

From the Website of the Catholic Church in England and Wales:

The Relics of St John Bosco

St John Bosco UK Visit Logo

On 2 January 2013, the casket containing the Relics of Don Bosco arrived in the United Kingdom. It is on a pilgrim journey through 130 nations which began on 31st January 2009 in preparation for the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Don Bosco’s birth on 16th August 1815.

Who is St John Bosco?

St John Bosco, known as the patron saint of young people, is remembered as a man who dedicated his life to the service of abandoned young people. Over 150 years ago he challenged the way young people were treated in the desperate poverty that existed at that time in the city of Turin, Italy. He was driven by first-hand experience of the effects of dreadful poverty and hunger on the young people he came across, he was determined to change their condition. Others were inspired to follow him in responding to the needs of the young. John Bosco created an order in the Catholic Church, called the Salesians.

The work of Don Bosco still rests on this movement of the spirit in people to reach out to the many needs of young people that still surround us. In those two concerns: to be faithful to the spirit and to the needs of the young we meet Don Bosco as a brother who shares our concerns and supports us from his place in heaven. Bring to Don Bosco your own needs for meaning, for healing and community. Bring to Don Bosco the needs of family and friends and above all the needs of young people in our countries. Invite family, friends, parishioners and anyone who works with the young to have an experience of Salesian spirituality and engage with the Salesian Network.

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The timetable and itinerary of the relics which can be venerated at several venues throughout the country from today, Friday 4th January until Monday 14th January, can be found here:

Official website for the UK relic visit

St John Bosco, pray for us!

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1 Response to Don Bosco’s relics touring the UK

  1. kathleen says:

    St. John Bosco wrote a wonderful prayer book for the young, “Companion of Youth”, that was recommended to us girls at my convent school by a visiting Salesian priest, when he came to give us a retreat one Easter. This little book, and the life of one of St. John Bosco’s star pupils, St. Dominic Savio, had a profound influence on me as a child and adolescent.


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