ST. DOMINIC SAVIO FEAST

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Today the 6th July we celebrate the feast of St. Dominic Savio, a student from the school of Don Bosco. When Dominic Savio entered the Oratory of Don Bosco he told Don Bosco that he was the cloth and Don Bosco the tailor, and asked Don Bosco to make of him a wonderful garment to the Lord.
Dominic was born on 2nd April 1842 at San Giovanni di Riva, near Chieri (Turin). 


Here is a boy-saint who died at the age of fourteen, was one of the great hopes of St. John Bosco for the future of his congregation, and was canonized in 1954.



He was one of ten children of Carlo and Birgitta Savio. Carlo was a blacksmith and Birgitta was a seamstress. When Don Bosco was looking for young men to train as priests for his Salesian Order, his parish priest suggested Dominic Savio. Dominic became more than a credit to Don Bosco's school—he single-handedly organized those who were to be the nucleus of Don Bosco's order.

At the age of 7 he was granted permission to receive his first Holy Communion and for his resolutions he took the following:
1. I will go for confession as often as possible and will receive communion as often as my confessor allows.
2. I will celebrate the feast days well.
3. My best friends will be Jesus and Mary.
4. Death rather than sin.


Dominic died in Mondonio on 9th March 1857, just under a month before his fifteenth birthday. His remains are in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. He was canonized on 12th June 1954.

Pope Pius XI described him as “small in size, but a towering giant in spirit.”

He is the patron saint of boy choristers and of the young.

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