I was born on the day dedicated to Mary Assumed into Heaven in 1815 in Murialdo near Castelnuovo d’Asti. My mother’s name was Margaret Occhiena and she was from Capriglio; my father’s name was Francis.
They were farmers who made their living by hard work and thrifty use of what little they had. My good father, almost entirely by the sweat of his brow, supported my grandmother, in her seventies and a prey to frequent illnesses; three youngsters; and a pair of farm helpers. Of the three children, the oldest was Anthony, born of his first wife; the second was Joseph; and the youngest was me, John.
Sac. Giovanni Bosco – “Memoirs of the Oratory of Saint Francis de Sales “
Listen to the audio-guide told by Fr. Egidio Deiana’s story about the little home (italian language)”casetta“
1815. The Birth
1817. The death of dad Francesco
1828. In Moncucco with the Moglia
1829. The meeting with Don Calosso
1830. School in Castelnuovo
1831. Transfer to Chieri
1835. The start of the seminar
1841. Don Bosco!
1846. The first oratory
1854. The arrival of Domenico Savio
1856. A mom in the sky!
1857. The young Savio dies
1859. The Salesians
1868. The Basilica and ADMA
1872. Girls’ education
1875. Don Bosco and the missionaries
1876. Salesian Cooperators
1877. Missions of FMA
1881. Mother Mazzarello
1888. The death of Don Bosco
1929. Blessed and then Saint
1951. Saint Maria Mazzarello
1954. Saint Domenico Savio
1988. The centenary and Laura Vicuña
2010. The Pontifical Basilica
2015. The Bicentenary