Polish post issued a stamp to mark 200th birth anniversary of Saint John Bosco, an Italian Roman Catholic priest of the Latin Church, educator and writer of the 19th century.
Saint John Bosco (16 August 1815 – 31 January 1888), popularly known as Don Bosco dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth.
Saint John Bosco
John Bosco was born in the evening of 16 August 1815 in the hillside hamlets of Becchi, Italy.
He was the youngest son of Francesco Bosco and Margherita Occhiena. He had two older brothers, Antonio and Giuseppe.
John’s early years were spent as a shepherd, and he received his first instruction from a parish priest. His childhood experiences are thought to have inspired him to become a priest.
In 1830 he met Joseph Cafasso, an elderly priest who identified some natural talent and supported his first schooling.
In 1835 Bosco entered the seminary at Chieri, next to the Church of the Immacolata Concezione. After six years of study, he was ordained priest on the eve of Trinity Sunday by Archbishop Franzoni of Turin.
He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System.
Bosco’s capability to attract numerous boys and adult helpers was connected to his “Preventive System of Education”.
He believed education to be a “matter of the heart” and said that the boys must not only be loved, but know that they are loved. He also pointed to three components of the Preventive System: reason, religion and kindness.
Title: Saint John Bosco 200th birth anniversary
Date of Issue: 16 August 2015
Denominations: 5,20 zl
Source: Polish Post