Q:How did you come to know about Don Bosco and the Salesians?
A: I remember one of my teachers reading a story about a saint who did lots of things, including acrobatics and magic, to help other young people. I remembered the story but not his name. When I was about ten years old, I served at the ordination of Fr Jim McGarry, which was in my home parish. I met lots of Salesians, including Hugh and Francis Preston who were only newly-ordained, but I did not really know who the Salesians were. I do remember getting what seemed like a princely payment for serving at the ordination from Fr Jim’s dear mum! About two years later, a friend of my mother asked if any of her sons would like to go on a ‘come and see’ week at a place called Shrigley where her own sons were at school. My elder brother refused the opportunity. When I heard it involved a week off school, I gladly agreed!
Read the whole interview in Don Bosco Today, pp 14-15