Relic of St. John Bosco Arrives in Washington

September 27, 2010

The relic of Saint John Bosco is being carried around the world, and is stopping here in Washington for Catholics to venerate.

On September 28, 2010, the relic will be on display at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The events are open to the public. During the morning’s opening service, nearly 200 students from Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Maryland will be in attendance to escort the relic into the service. The students will be wearing matching “tour t-shirts.” Then, at 6:30 p.m., Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and Archbishop Pietro Sambi, papal nuncio, will celebrate a Mass.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Upper Church)
400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC

September 28, 2010

8:30 a.m.
Welcoming the Relic
Opening Service
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School students in attendance

9:30 a.m. – 6:00p.m.
Veneration of the Relic

6:30 p.m.
Pilgrimage and Veneration of the Relic
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl
Celebrant and Homilist

The reliquary is an exact replica of that holding the Saint’s remains in Turin, Italy. The glass box holds a wax replica of the Saint. Parts of his right hand and arm (his blessing hand) are within the replica.

The relic is on a pilgrimage through the U.S., starting in California, and traveling through Louisiana, Florida and now to the District. From here, the relic will then move to New York City and Chicago. Don Bosco dedicated his life to the betterment and education of the poor. He is also the founder of the Salesian Fathers and Brothers. Locally, they serve at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School and the Church of the Nativity in Northwest Washington. It is Catholic tradition to venerate relics of a person who has been declared a Saint by the Catholic Church.

For more information on The Worldwide Relic Pilgrimage of St. John Bosco, visit and

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