Saint’s relic to arrive in Pampanga today

January 12, 2011
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Hundreds of devotees, the faithful, and alumni of Don Bosco Academy (DBA)-Pampanga will welcome Wednesday a relic of St. John Bosco as it arrives at the Metropolitan Cathedral in this city from Tarlac.

DBA alumni and religious-volunteers will converge 8:30 a.m. at the CarWorld parking lot for the welcome motorcade as St. John Bosco’s relic exits from the North Luzon Expressway.
After the motorcade, which will take the relic of St. John Bosco–the founder of the Salesian Congregation and known as the “father and teacher of the youth” — around key points in this city, including a stop-over at the former DBA campus in Cabalantian, Bacolor, it will be taken to the Metropolitan Cathedral where a Holy Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto at 12 noon.

At 5:30 p.m., another Holy Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Roberto Mallari.

Laus Group of Companies chairman and chief executive officer Levy P. Laus, a prominent DBA alumnus, will host a luncheon-program for fellow alumni at the Max’s Restaurant in Villa Del Sol.

“This is the first time and may be the last time we will ever see the relic of St. John Bosco in our lifetime,” Laus said in a recent interview with Sun.Star Pampanga.

On Thursday, the saint’s relic will be taken to the DBA campus in Mabalacat and will stay until Friday where a Holy Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. At 9 a.m. the same day, the relic will be taken to Manila as it is scheduled to stay in schools and youth centers belonging to the Salesian community.

The relic consists of St. John Bosco’s right hand carefully preserved inside a sealed case and inserted in the chest of the lifelike wax replica of the saint.

The relic, which left Valdocco, Italy on April 25, 2009, is on a world pilgrimage in 130 countries as pilgrimage in preparation for the saint’s 200th birth anniversary on August 16, 2015.

St. John Bosco, fondly called “Don Bosco,” (Don in Italian means “father”) was an Italian Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century.

He was known for his dedication to the education of poor youngsters and employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment.

The saint founded the Salesian Congregation, after St. Francis of Sales, to help young people become upright citizens and good Christians.

St. John Bosco died on Jan. 31, 1888 and was canonized on Easter Sunday of 1934.
He is known as the patron saint of editors, the youth, school children, students, magicians, apprentices and young workers. (Jovi T. De Leon)


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