Love: Forming the Hearts

St. John Bosco: Father, Teacher, and Friend of Youth


     Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.

                                               (I Corinthians 13: 4-8)



St. John Bosco’s “Preventive System” of education is built upon the core ideas of reason, religion and kindness. He taught, “Without confidence and love, there can be no true education.” Through his work with boys who lived on the streets of Turin during Italy’s industrial revolution, St. John Bosco’s love for God was manifested in his love and concern for each of his charges. 


Don Bosco’s approach stood in contrast to the repressive system of fear and punishment so common in his day. Our patron saint knew that the only true discipline comes from within and not from without, that each of us must choose to order our intellect and our will toward God. Discipline (from the Latin, disciplina, to learn) plays a vital role in St. John Bosco’s educational philosophy, but it is a discipline that helps children see that it is noble, right, and just for them to be good. Respect for oneself, for one another, and for learning is modeled on familial respect and love.


Inspired by St. Francis de Sales, St. John Bosco founded the Salesian Order, which has used his Preventive approach in more than 130 countries around the world. At SJBS, we constantly strive to live up to the sanctity of our patron saint, including his lived devotion to Our Lady, Help of Christians.   Each adult who serves this apostolate strives to be a worthy guide and mentor to children, drawing strength and love from prayer and frequent reception of the Sacraments.


As a community, we seek to follow and teach St. John Bosco's Salesian Way:


1.         I will be cheerful.

2.         I will do my duties well.

3.         I will stay close to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

4.         I will honor and love Mary as my Mother and Helper.

5.         I choose to be kind.

6.         I want to serve rather than be served.



“Instead of following a list of rigid ‘don’ts’ our children are inspired by the Salesian Way. They want to grow in virtue. It makes them happy.”

                                                            - Parent of three SJBS students