Saint Dominic Savio, the patron of choirboys, was born into a peasant family at Riva, Italy, young Dominic joined St. John Bosco as a student at the Oratory in Turin at the age of 12. He impressed John with his desire to be a priest and to help him in his work with neglected boys. A peacemaker and an organizer, young Dominic founded a group he called the Company of the Immaculate Conception which, besides being devotional, aided John Bosco with the boys and with manual work. All the members save one, Dominic, would in 1859 join John in the beginnings of his Salesian congregation. By that time, Dominic had been called home to heaven.

As a youth, Dominic spent hours rapt in prayer. His raptures he called “my distractions.” Even in play, he said that at times “It seems heaven is opening just above me. I am afraid I may say or do something that will make the other boys laugh.” Dominic would say, “I can’t do big things. But I want all I do, even the smallest thing, to be for the greater glory of God.”

Dominic’s health, always frail, led to lung problems and he was sent home to recuperate. As was the custom of the day, he was bled in the thought that this would help, but it only worsened his condition. He died on March 9, 1857, after receiving the Last Sacraments. St. John Bosco himself wrote the account of his life.

Some thought that Dominic was too young to be considered a saint. St. Pius X declared that just the opposite was true, and went ahead with his cause. Dominic was canonized in 1954.

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  1. My regret was I was able to visit his place when I toured Italy.He deserves to be saint.Also,I loved the song written for him.

  2. May we learn from St. Dominic Savio’s example and make everything we do, for the greater glory of God.

    St. Dominic Savio, pray for us!

  3. Dominic Savio is my patron saint. I love his story and how he wished to the best he could for the glory of God. Many years back I had a small statue of Saint Dominic Savio until it broke in a storm that hit our Island of Guam and I hope that someone can tell me how I can acquire another statue of Saint Dominic Savio.

  4. St. DOMINIC, you who my son is named after, pray for my brother Evan and sister-in-law April, protect their marriage and let Satan not harm their family. Amen

  5. This young man had the same type of sweet spirit that St. Therese had. Pray that we would all emulate it. I’m sure that he was one of the first ones to greet St. Don Bosco when he got to heaven!

  6. Thank you for letting us attend your grade school. Please pray for all the children who go there. God bless you Saint Dominic!!!

  7. O Saint Dominic Savio, model of purity, piety, penance and apostolic zeal for youth; grant that, through your intercession, we may service God in our ordinary duties with fervent devotion, and attain the grace of holy joy on earth, that we may one day love God forever in Heaven. Amen.


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