In order to become a priest, John had to work his way through school. He did all kinds of work. He was a carpenter, a shoemaker, a cook, a pastrymaker, a farmer, and many other things. At the same time he was a fine student and was always happy and cheerful.
After he became a priest, Don Bosco, which means Father Bosco, began his great mission of
helping orphan boys. He gathered together hundreds of these boys who had no home. He taught them all kinds of work, so that they would not steal and get into trouble. At first, people were angry with Don Bosco, because they did not think those boys would turn out to be good. But he proved that they would.
"Do you want to be Don Bosco's friend?" he would ask each new boy who came to him. "You do? Then, you must help me save your soul."
Every night, he wanted his boys to say three Hail Marys, so that the Blessed Mother would help them avoid sin. He also recommended that they go to Confession and Communion as often as possible. One of Don Bosco's boys became a saint, St. Dominic Savio.
Later on, Don Bosco founded two Religious Orders to take care of poor children and he also
built many homes and schools for them.
Let us help our parents at home as much as we can. The more things we learn to do, the better we can serve God.
A coloring picture can be found below.