Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don Bosco is Coming!

The Relics of St. John Bosco are making a pilgrimage around the world to prepare for the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Saint's birth! The Relics will be brought to the cities, towns, neighborhoods, and centers where the Salesians serve. The closest place to St. Louis will be Chicago on October 2-4.

Click here to see a map of the visits.

Don Bosco's Relics are in Mexico right now, which means one thing - we're next! The Relics will arrive from Mexico, into California on September 11, 2010.

The relics of Don Bosco have been recomposed from the urn that contained his remains since 1929 when the body was exhumed for his beatification and canonization. The bones and tissues of the right hand and arm have been taken and placed within a wax replica of St. John Bosco's body, whic in turn is enclosed in a large urn.

The urn was contructed specially for this pilgrimage. It is composed of a large glass box in which the wax replica is placed, and easily viewed. The box is mounted atop a large wood and metal cart. Among the urn's decorations are the words, "Da mihi animas, ceatera tolle," which translates to, "Give me souls, take away the rest."

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