“Grigio – Gray”, the dog who protected Don Bosco

“Gray”, èl Gris’, in Piedmontese, was a mysterious dog that accompanied St. John Bosco for more than thirty years, protecting him from dangers. In the 1850s, Don Bosco was the victim of frequent attacks and it was in those years that this dog began to appear, always protecting the Saint of Youth. Don Bosco wrote that he saw Gray for the last time in 1866, then he mysteriously disappeared. Don Bosco was asked several times for his opinion on the nature of that animal and he once replied: “To say that it is an angel would make us smile, but we cannot even say that it is a common dog.“ Some nuns also said they were protected by “Gray”. In particular it appeared: – in 1893 while two Salesian sisters were returning from Assisi to Cannara; – in 1930 in Barranquilla, Colombia, while the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians were building their school; – between 1898 and 1900 in France, in Navarre, while some nuns went to the quest for chestnuts. RELATED ARTICLE(S) RMG – Don Bosco’s devotion to Saint Joseph RMG – Many innovations in new volume of Don Bosco’s Letters Italy – Don Bosco in the Eternal City. A guide and a...

Tomorrow, May 19, 2021, presentation of IX volume of critical edition of Don Bosco’s Epistolary

  Tomorrow, May 19, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (ITALY TIME; 9AM-10:30AM NY time), at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, the ninth volume of the critical edition of Don Bosco’s Epistolary will be presented. It collects a little less than 500 letters written by the saint in the years 1884-1886. Letters of government, letters of animation, letters of daily affairs, letters of educational formation, letters of congratulations and good wishes, letters of requests for economic aid with relative thanks… in short, a series of letters of various kinds, many of which are unpublished, addressed to every category of people: from the highest civil and religious authorities (emperors, ministers, popes and cardinals) to simple laymen, men, women and young people.  It will be broadcast: https://youtu.be/l6X0wL_LKkM Although elderly and physically almost a “shadow of his former self,” in the three years under consideration Don Bosco continued undaunted to govern and animate the Congregation through his correspondence. He even extended them to new correspondents scattered throughout the world: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Belgian, Polish, English, German, Austrian, Hungarian, Chilean, Argentine, Uruguayan and Brazilian. What emerges is a new face of Don Bosco, in many ways current, which with the nine volumes...