The autumn equinox has officially marked the end of summer as we transition into autumn. Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping and days are becoming shorter. October brings us harvest festivals, atmospheric morning mists, shimmering light in bronzed woodlands and, of course, home comforts. So, grab your jumper, plump up your cushions and delight in the season that is tailor-made for curling up with a good book.

A Valiant Mother: A Brief Account of Margaret Occhiena Bosco

A Valiant Mother: A Brief Account of Margaret Occhiena Bosco

Philip J Pascucci SDB


Part of our Pocketbook Series.

An introduction to the life of Margaret Occhiena, 'Mamma Margaret', the mother of St John Bosco, who was a strong influence on him, and became his first assistant in his work with young people.

Paperback portrait 105mm x 148mm




At the age of twenty-nine, Margaret found herself widowed and alone, looking after her mother-in-law, her young sons and running her home at a time of famine. Margaret was a woman of great faith, and she lived by example of faith, wisdom and courage in facing the difficulties of life. Despite being illiterate, Margaret's wisdom and goodness became the model for the 'preventative system' that was the basis of Don Bosco's educational approach.

Pocketbook, Biography