Who is St. John Bosco?
“Don’t hit them, but with kindness and love you must win over these your friends. …I shall give you a Teacher under whose guidance you will be able to become wise, and without whom, all wisdom becomes nonsense.”
It was a prophetic dream that St. John Bosco had when he was 9 years old. He was in the middle of a crowd of children at play, some of whom were however cursing. Suddenly, the young John threw himself at these, cursing, hitting and kicking them to make them be quiet. But a man appeared before him and told him those words and introduced him to the teacher no other than the Virgin Mary or “Mary, Help of Christians”.
Saint John Bosco is commonly known as Don Bosco, a patron saint canonized by Pope Pius XI and was declared Blessed in 1929 and canonized on Easter Sunday of 1934, when he was given the title of "Father and Teacher of Youth" (Wikipedia). He is known as the Priest of the Young or Intercessor, Friend and Patron of the Young.
What is the Relic?
The relics of Don Bosco are being carried into the towns and villages, neighborhoods and centers where the Gospel is announced among the young and the poor today in the tradition of pilgrimage which began on January 31, 2009. I embedded the infographic below for more information about the relic and the pilgrimage.
Where and When?
To check if the pilgrimage would pass by your location, you can check the pilgrimage schedule here in the Philippines. For Cebuanos, the relic will be here from December 12 -22. Join the pilgrimage on these following dates -
Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Punta Princesa, Cebu City
When: Sunday, Dec 12, 2010
Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Punta Princesa, Cebu City
Pilgrimage at Don Bosco Technology Center, Pleasant Homes, Punta Princesa, Cebu City
When: Dec 13 – 16 2010
Where: Don Bosco Technology Center, Pleasant Homes, Punta Princesa, Cebu City
Pilgrimage at Don Bosco Boys Home, Liloan, Cebu
When: Friday, Dec 17, 2010
Where: Don Bosco Boys Home, Liloan, Cebu
Pilgrimage at Don Bosco Formation Center, Lawaan, Talisay City, Cebu
When: Dec 19 – 22, 2010
Where: Don Bosco Formation Center, Lawaan, Talisay City, Cebu
Pilgrimage at Mary Help of Christians School, Minglanilla, Cebu
When: Mon, December 20, 8am – 2pm
Where: Mary Help of Christians School, Minglanilla, Cebu
I am expecting lots of devout Catholics visiting the relic and it will be like the Galleon - a long line and a long wait. Need to schedule ahead of time to make most of the relic's visit here.