Catholic Dictionary




Members of the Society of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), founded near Turin by St. John Bosco (1815-88) in 1859. Their main purpose is to train youth in schools and professional and vocational institutes. They are also active in the missions and have entered the field of social communications. Their rule of life was approved by Pope Pius IX in 1874. St. John Bosco also founded a sister congregation of Daughters of Our Lady Help of Christians in 1872 at Mornese, Italy.