Turin, Italy - 1880 - After the construction of the church of San Francesco, Don Bosco began the construction of a building for the activities of the oratory. One of the first initiatives to be started was the workshop for blacksmiths and steel workers, which began operating in 1880.
Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy - 1898 – On the tenth anniversary of the Apostle of Youth’s death, a monument was erected in his honor at Castelnuovo Don Bosco, probably one of the first monuments dedicated to him.
Turin, Italy - 1865 - Don Bosco was not an artist, but for works of art he relied on intuition as educator and evangelizer. He entrusted the painting of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians’ main altar to Tommaso Lorenzone. The artist followed Don Bosco’s precise instructions, giving him the first sketch of the imposing image of Mary Help of Christians.
Mexico City, Mexico - 1892 - Fr Angelo Piccono, Fr Raffaele Piperni, Fr Simone Visintainer, Salesian Coadjutor Brother Pietro Tagliaferri and cleric in formation Agostino Osella - the first missionaries sent to Mexico by Fr Michele Rua, the first Successor of Don Bosco - were received on December 2, 1892, by Mr. Ángel Lascuráin, President of the Catholic Circle. The Salesian missionaries went dressed as civilians as wearing a cassock was forbidden.