St. John Bosco (1815 - 1888) was a priest in Italy. He devoted his life educating faith to the abandoned young. He often visited those in prison and was disturbed by their misery in body and soul. He wanted to do something to prevent them from going back to prison again. St. John Bosco brought little gifts to befriend them and encouraged them to visit his Oratory upon their release. Gathered in the Oratory, these youths were protected from bad company. They learnt about the Faith and the needed skills to make a living. Eventually they became good Christians and honest citizens.
St. John Bosco founded the Salesian Society, based on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. His feast day is on 31 January.