Saint John Bosco was an Italian Catholic priest and educator. He placed his works
under the protection of Francis de Sales, thus his followers styled themselves the
SAINT JOHN BOSCO
Saint John Bosco (born Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco) employed teaching methods based
on love rather than punishment. Bosco's capability to attract numerous boys and
adult helpers was connected to his "Preventive System of Education." He believed
education to be a "matter of the heart" and said that the boys must not only be loved,
but know that they are loved. He also pointed to three components of the Preventive
System: reason, religion and kindness. Music and games also went into the mix.
Bosco succeeded in establishing a network of centres to carry on his work. In recognition
of his work with disadvantaged youth, he was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934. Salesians
of Don Bosco have started many schools and colleges around the world.