St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance

Special Event - The Relic Pilgrimage of Don Bosco

January 2013

The Relic Pilgrimage of Don Bosco to Great Britain is a significant event in the life of our Church. It is part of a world-wide pilgrimage building up to the 200th anniversary of John Bosco’s birth in 2015.

The Pilgrimage began on January 31st 2009 and as this event moves around the world it is raising awareness of John Bosco’s spirituality and the importance of young people in the Church.

The Relics will begin their journey in Bolton with a team of young adults and volunteers on January 2nd. At each stage of the journey pilgrims will be invited into an experience of John Bosco’s life; his use of games and fun; an experience of one of John Bosco’s dreams as well as time to pray beside the relics of John Bosco.

There will also be an opportunity to receive reconciliation, meet many members of the Salesian network and celebrate Mass together.

The reliquary of John Bosco is built in the form of a bridge that spans the two hundred years that we will celebrate in 2015. That span of two hundred years is bridged by the continuing needs of the young and the overarching wisdom of The Spirit expressed in Salesian spirituality.

The work of John Bosco still rests on this movement of the spirit in people to reach out to the many needs of young people that still surround us. In those two concerns; to be faithful to the spirit and to the needs of the young we meet John Bosco as a brother who shares our concerns and supports us from his place in heaven.

We celebrate his Feast Day every year, on 31st January with a special Mass, in school.