Saint John Bosco’s Belongings Come to North America

“More than 16 months after it began a world tour touching over 100 nations, a casket containing relics of St. John Bosco is scheduled to visit the United States and Canada beginning in mid-September.

The pilgrimage of the relics began April 25, 2009, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Salesians of Don Bosco and is to continue until shortly before the 200th anniversary of the saint’s birth near Turin, Italy, on Aug. 16, 1815.

For the tour, the bones and tissues of the right hand and arm of the 19th-century Italian saint have been placed within a wax replica of St. John Bosco’s body, which is being displayed in a glass box mounted on a large wood and metal cart.

The display — weighing more than 1,800 pounds and measuring approximately 8 feet long, 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall — has been transported around the world by plane and in specially designed and built trucks.” – “Relics of Saint John Bosco to Tour US, Canada in September, October”, Catholic News Service

This post from Catholic News Service was a very informative one. They tell a lot about Saint John Bosco and where his relics have been recently. Then they get into the part that made me want to share this with everybody, which was that his relics will be on tour in North America later this year. Hopefully cities will be announced soon, and you can start planning to try and make it out. This is quite the opportunity so I think you should really go visit these relics if you can manage a trip to a nearby city.