St. Dominic Savio Biography
Saint Dominic Savio was born to Charles and Bridgit Savio on April 2, 1842. His parents raised Saint Dominic as a devout Christian. By the time he was four years old, Saint Dominic Savio would pray by himself and often found places to be alone and pray.
Saint Dominic Savio Education
Saint Dominic was noticed at his village school when he was five years old by Father Giovanni Zucca. Father Zucca said that Saint Dominic Savio would kneel on the ground outside the church to pray in rain, wind, or other imclement weather. The boy worked hard at his studies, became an altar boy, and was allowed to receive his First Communion at an early age because of his devotion to the Eucharist.
Saint Dominic Savio’s First Communion
Receiving First Communion was traditionally done at the age of twelve but the parish priest allowed the seven year old St. Dominic to receive communion. On the day he received First Communion, Saint Dominic Savio wrote down promises that he would keep:
Resolutions made by me, Dominic Savio, in the year 1849, on the day of my First Communion, at the age of seven.
1. I will go to Confession often, and as frequently to Holy Communion as my confessor allows.
2. I wish to sanctify the Sundays and festivals in a special manner.
3. My friends shall be Jesus and Mary.
4. Death rather than sin.
Many Catholics today give children who are making their First Communion a Saint Dominic Savio medal to inspire them to be as devout as the young saint.