Roman Catholic Saint. He is remembered as the young boy who did God's work in the mid-19th century Italy. Many thought he was too young to be considered for sainthood. Dominic was canonized in 1954. His Liturgical Feast Day is October the ninth. Born second in a family of eleven siblings, his father was a blacksmith and his mother a seamstress. The family was devoted and pious Roman Catholics, and although very poor, they were hardworking. An excellent student, he, at the age of 12 years old, was educated by Saint John Bosco at Oratory in Turin. Recognizing Savio's passion to serve the church, the local priest, Father Lucca, gave him first Communion at the age of seven. It was customarily to received first Communion as a teenager. He had a calm spirit about him and was slow to anger, praying frequently. Savio and St John Bosco founded a group called “Company of the Immaculate Conception,” which was for neglected boys, hence Savio eventually became the Patron Saint of choirboys and juvenile delinquents. He was a sickly child and had chronic respiratory problems. At one point, he was sent home when he became ill. The medical treatment of this era was to bleedletting him, or removing blood from him, which made the condition worst as it brought down his oxygen carrying hemoglobin. After his death, Saint Bosco wrote “The Life of Dominic Savio,” which was read in schools throughout Italy. People became interested in making Savio a saint as the years passed. On March 5, 1950 Pope Pius XII beatified Dominic Savio and on June 12, 1954 he canonized Savio, a 14-year-old as a saint.
Bio by: Linda Davis