St. Dominic Savio

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Dominic Savio (April 2, 1842 – March 9, 1857[1]) is a Roman Catholic saint.

Early years[change | change source]

Dominic Savio was born on 2 April 1842 in Riva di Chier, Turin, Italy. He was the second child out of eleven born to Charles Savio and his wife Brigid.[2] His father was a blacksmith and his mother was a seamstress. Dominic became an altar server at age five. When Dominic received his first Holy Communion, he wrote rules that he would always tried to follow. Those rules were:

From then on, Dominic lived by his motto, “Death, but not sin!”

Later years[change | change source]

At the age of twelve Dominic met John Bosco. Dominic told him that he wished to be a priest. At the age of fourteen years old, he started at the Don Bosco School. Dominic was kind and friendly to all the students. Dominic had a great enthusiasm for the Eucharist. At school Dominic organised a club called the Company of the Immaculate Conception. They would do jobs around the school such as sweeping the floor and helping other boys who were misbehaving at school. At the age of only 15 Dominic died from an illness. He died on 9 March 1857

Years as a saint[change | change source]

St Dominic Savio was canonised in on June 12, 1954. He is the saint for young boys and the falsely accused. His feast day is March 9, the day of his death. Dominic was canonised by Pope Pius XII.

References[change | change source]

  1. Santiebeati.it: San Domenico Savio Adolescente; Retrieved on 24 November 2006.
  2. "The Life Story of St. Dominic Savio". Salesians of Don Bosco. Retrieved 22 December 2014.