Salesian Spirituality

"Education is a matter of the heart: success is possible only if God,

who is the master of hearts, supplies the key." -St. John Bosco


Salesian Spirituality:

St. Francis High School's Salesian Spirituality is rooted in a blend of story, tradition, and spirit, defining our identity. Originating over 150 years ago in Turin, Italy, our story revolves around Don Bosco's passion for educating the young and his vision for positive change. Today, we continue this legacy as educators committed to nurturing the goodness within each student.

Our tradition shapes our educational mission with a holistic approach. We create four interconnected experiences: a home for belonging, a school for life lessons, a church for spiritual growth, and a playground for meaningful interactions. This fosters a loving and respectful atmosphere, embracing differences in a family-like setting.

Our spirit is relational, expressed through dialogue, listening, and empowering those who feel voiceless. It celebrates a community of faith, recognizing the divine in others and modeling God's goodness. Central to Salesian Spirituality are reason, religion, and loving kindness, fostering experiences of home, school, church, and playground in a relational manner.

Salesian Spirituality guides both students and faculty to live the gospel of Jesus daily, both in and out of the classroom, creating a supportive and loving environment.


St. John Bosco:

St. John Bosco, born in 1815, embraced a life dedicated to the welfare of young people. Orphaned at a young age, he dreamed of guiding children with kindness. Despite financial challenges, he pursued priesthood and founded the Salesian Congregation, focusing on the well-being and education of poor youth in Turin.

Facing difficulties, he established the first Oratory in Valdocco, providing shelter, education, and spiritual guidance. His love for the "rascals" earned him their affection. Don Bosco extended his mission, founding the Salesians and collaborating with Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello for the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).

The Salesians and FMA spread globally, serving the young, poor, and suffering through schools, institutes, hospitals, and parishes. Don Bosco, a practical philanthropist and mystic, emphasized God's love, the reality of death, and the importance of prayer and sacraments. His teachings formed generations of saints.

Despite exhaustion, he continued his work until his death in 1888. Canonized in 1934, he left a legacy of love and dedication to young people, urging them to join him in heaven.