Valdocco, Torino - 1856 - In questo coretto, il giovane san Domenico Savio, allievo di don Bosco, fu trovato un giorno dal Santo Educatore come rapito in estasi alle due del pomeriggio. Stava in piedi, una mano appoggiata ad un vecchio antifonario, gli occhi fissi alla porticina posteriore del tabernacolo. Si era raccolto qui dopo la comunione del mattino, verso le ore 8 a fare il suo ringraziamento, e non si era più mosso.
Turin, Italy - 8 December 1841 - In the sacristy of the church of San Francesco d'Assisi, Turin, Don Bosco met Bartolomeo Garelli; here was where the Oratory was born and where Don Bosco began to teach his children “the way of Heaven.”
Turin, Italy - October 1853 - The first construction made at the Oratory in Valdocco was in favor of children; from 1853, Don Bosco took a small room on the third floor for himself. Subsequent rooms were built in 1876-1877 (cit. G. Fedele, 124).
In October, the month of the Rosary, there were numerous gifts to Mary in many parts of the Salesian world – more so this year due to two important anniversaries: the Centenary of the Apparitions of Fatima and the 300th Anniversary of the finding of the Statue of Our Lady of Aparecida.