“Father and Teacher of Youth”

Today marks the feast of St. John Bosco (1819-1888), founder of the Salesians. Born Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco in Piedmont, he was ordained a priest in 1841 and assigned to Turin, where he began a ministry to city’s disadvantaged youth. He started by forming youth clubs and expanded the work into a religious order that is [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, Thomas Merton!

Today marks the birth of Thomas Merton, who writes at the beginning of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain: “On the last day of January 1915, under the sign of the Water Bearer, in a year of a great war, and down in the shadow of some French mountains on the borders of Spain, I [Read More...]

The Magna Charta of Jesuit Education

Today marks the death Claudio Acquaviva (1543-1615), fifth General of the Society of the Society of Jesus (and the longest reigning one to date). The son of a nobleman, he studied law before becoming a priest. In 1567, he joined the Jesuits, where his administrative ability was quickly utilized. After serving as provincial in Naples [Read More...]