Documents heretofore unavailable to historians prove definitively what many have long suspected:San Giovanni Bosco had Irish ancestry.
His real name was Donny O’Bosco.
His closest collaborator in the early days of the Salesians was Fr McRua.
On March 17, everyone is Irish. Happy St Patrick’s Day,
On a more historic note, Fr Michael Casey, Provincial of Ireland, shared these golden nuggets in his homily this morning.On this day in 1879, many distinguished ecclesiastics gathered at St Agatha’s in Rome to celebrate mass in honour of St Patrick. Among those who were invited to stay for dinner was Don Bosco, a guest of Msgr. Kirby, who had been a student with Pope Leo XIII. Meanwhile, Denis Hallinan, an Irish cleric studying in Rome, had met with Don Bosco and considered becoming a Salesian. Don Bosco told him he could best serve the order by returning to Ireland from where he would some day do great things for Don Bosco. This prophecy was fulfilled in 1919. Having become bishop of Limerick, Msgr. Hallin, invited the Salesians to come to his diocese in 1919.
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