(saying attributed to Bosco, Italian word for “Change Life”)
John (Don) Bosco was born on August 16, 1815, in the village of Becchi, Italy. His parents were poor farmers and his father died when he was only two years of age. His mother raised him with great difficulty but with great love. She taught him how to work and most importantly to recognize God in life's fortunes and misfortunes. At the age of nine he had a very mysterious dream that would change his life forever. Both he and his mother understood the real meaning of that dream and so Margarita would later bear many sacrifices so that John's dream of becoming a priest would be fulfilled.
In 1841 as a young priest he came to work in Turin. He saw human misery in all of its forms. The living standard of the workers was miserable and the youth were aimlessly wandering the city streets unemployed, lost and prone to crime and evil. His encounter with the juvenile delinquents had a great impact on him. He then made the decision to do all that he could to prevent the youth from getting into these tragic situations. One of the greatest problems that the youth encountered with city life was where to sleep. With time this became one of Don Bosco's main preoccupations.
Amongst the children for whom Don Bosco was father and teacher, there were those who wanted to follow him. Hence, the beginning of the Salesian Society - The Society of St. Francis de Sales. At the end of his life Don Bosco was able to say that over 3000 vocations came from his oratory. On his deathbed Don Bosco told those close to him: "without your help I would not have been able to do anything. Your love has wiped away many tears and saved many souls."
The greatest heritage that Don Bosco left the Church was his "preventive system" for the education of youth. When asked for the secret of his success, which transformed big institutions into a family of love, he answered with three words: reason, religion and kindness. When reasoning is used instead of threats, when God is the housemaster and when there is no fear but rather love, the end result is a true family. Don Bosco died on January 31, 1888. While on his deathbed, he whispered to his Salesians: "love each other as brothers. Do good to all and avoid evil... tell my students that I am waiting for them in paradise."
Won the 1st Marquee Event in the history of the Lexington Catholic House System
Hosted 1st ever House Chess Tournament
Defeated Aquinas House in back to back years of the Bosco/Aquinas House Olympics
Received 4th place in the overall House Cup standings in the inaugural year of Lexington Catholic’s House system.
Over 50% of Bosco House students make LCHS Academic Honor Roll
Bosco House Faculty MembersDean: Gerry Zuniga