May, the month in which the Earth springs into bloom and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics and making holiday plans. It’s also the Month of Mary and a busy month in the Salesian calendar. We have a Novena to Mary Help of Christians, books and piety items to honour the Holy Mother.

Mamma Margaret: Mother of Don Bosco

Mamma Margaret: Mother of Don Bosco

Teresio Bosco SDB. Translated by Julian Fox SDB.


A fascinating account of the influence Don Bosco's devout and compassionate mother had on the Saint of the Young.

ISBN 978-0-9548388-5-8

Paperback portrait 150mm x 210mm



While the life, writings and educational system of St John Bosco are well known, one important aspect of his life has only recently been fully appreciated: the part his mother played in laying the foundations of his work and educational system.

In this fascinating book, Teresio Bosco traces the delicate threads of Mamma Margaret's heroism, for this illiterate and humble woman was great in the sight of God and of the poor. Her heroism lay in feeding poor boys with soup and affection, mending worn-out clothes and washing pots and pans as she supported her son in the early days of his work with the abandoned youth of Turin.