St. Dominic Savio

Dominic Savio (Italian: Domenico Savio; April 2, 1842 – March 9, 1857)

Dominic Savio was born on April 2, 1842 at San Giovanni di Riva, near Turin, Italy. Dominic was one of ten children born to Carlo and Birgitta Savio. A prayerful and promising student of St. John Bosco, Dominic was an ordinary young person with an extraordinary love of God. Dominic once said, “I can’t do big things, but I want everything to be for the glory of God.”

Dominic was an example of childhood holiness. He was nourished by the sacraments and held firm to his Marian devotion. On a visit to Turin, John Bosco’s mother commented to her son: “You have many good boys, but none can match the good heart and soul of Dominic Savio. I see him so often at prayer, staying at church after the others; every day he slips out of the playground to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. When he is in church, he is like an Angel living in paradise.”

Unfortunately, Dominic died from tuberculosis on March 9, 1857. Pope Pius XI described Dominic Savio as “small in size, but a towering giant in spirit.” Dominic Savio was canonized on June 12, 1954.

Dominic is the patron saint of choir boys and of the falsely accused.



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