The year 2015 marks the second centenary of the birth of Saint John Bosco. To prepare for that observance the rector major of the Salesian Society, don Pascual Chávez, has responded to the request of many young people and sent the saint's relics from Turin on pilgrimage through 120 countries.
The pilgrim journey began on the 31st of January, 2009 in Italy. By summer 2009 the urn passed to other countries. In September 2010, Don Bosco's relics will journey through several U.S. cities.
Plans for the California itinerary are as follows:
· Saturday, 11 September 2010: arrival of the relics at SFO from Guadalajara, with transport to SS. Peter and Paul, North Beach (remaining until 13 September)
· Monday, 13 September 2010: journey from SS. Peter and Paul to Corpus Christi Parish San Francisco.
· Tuesday, 14 September 2010: journey from San Francisco via East Bay (Richmond, Berkeley, DSPT from 12:15-2:15 pm) to Watsonville (Our Lady Help of Christians Church).
· Wednesday, 15 September 2010: journey from Watsonville (Our Lady Help of Christians, St Francis) to Los Angeles (St Mary's Parish, Boyle Heights).
· Thursday, 16 September 2010: journey from Los Angeles (St Mary's, Salesian High, St Bridget's) to Rosemead (Don Bosco Techn, St Joseph Youth Renewal Center).
· Friday, 17 September 2010: journey from Rosemead to Bellflower (St John Bosco, St Dominic Savio Parish, remaining until 19 September).
· Sunday, 19 September 2010: transport by air to New Orleans.
Don Bosco's relics arrive first in San Francisco – historically the port of arrival of Don Bosco's sons in the United Sates – then gradually travel to Southern California, where the Salesian Family has the largest population in North America. Local committees will coordinate celebrations.