Don Bosco Relic Visit Student Reflection

Between July 12 and 14, Salesian College had the privilege of hosting the Relic of Don Bosco. The Relic of St Don Bosco included a small fragment of his brain placed within a wax figure replica of his body, concealed in a large glass casket.

Upon the Relics’ arrival at the college, all student leaders and the leadership staff participated in a reception service. These leaders formed a wide circle around the relic upon its arrival, taking part in a welcoming prayer that began the service. A guard of honour was formed, which guided the relic to our college Chapel where the remainder of the prayer ceremony was held.

Student leaders had the opportunity to directly connect with the Relic during this time, lighting a wax candle to burn alongside the Relic’s display. If they wished to do so, they were also able to place their hand on the glass housing in a silent moment of prayer and reflection.

Following the Relics’ arrival, each year level had the once in a lifetime opportunity to engage in a prayer service, to connect spiritually with Don Bosco. The prayer service was conducted by the Salesian priests in our sacred college chapel. Each student was supplied with a prayer card which they were given the opportunity to place on the glass housing for Don Bosco’s Relic, turning the card into a third-class relic.

Our chapel was also open to students and staff during break times, allowing them to have time to pray independently and privately with the Relic.

The Relic visit was an important time for Salesian College, as we were given the opportunity to connect spiritually with Don Bosco, providing students with a once in a lifetime occurrence. This was an incredibly sacred and fortunate time for our College and the Salesian community, continuing celebrations marking 100 years of the Salesians’ presence in Australia.

Liam M and Christos G