Venerable Margaret Bosco

[Venerable Margaret Bosco]
Also known as

  • Mama Margaret
  • Margaret Occhiena
  • Margherita Occhiena Bosco


Married to Francis Bosco. Mother of Joseph and Saint John Bosco. Widowed in 1817 at age 29. Took care of her sons, her mother-in-law, and her brother-in-law. In 1846, at age 58, she moved to Turin, Italy where she spent her last ten years helping Saint John in his work with poor and abandoned boys, helping begin the work that would lead to the formation of the Salesians, and becoming the surrogate mother to a small army of neglected boys whose lives were turned around.





  • if you have information relevant to the beatification of Venerable Margaret, contact
       Rev. Enrico Dal Covolo, SDB
       Congregazione dei Salesiani di Don Bosco
       Via della Pisana, 1111
       00163 Roma, ITALY

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Margaret Bosco“. 28 May 2013. Web. 22 December 2014. <>