Closure of the 24th General Chapter of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

25 October 2021 Rome, Italy – October 2021 – The 24th General Chapter of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians at the FMA Generalate in Rome ended yesterday, 24 October. In the morning, Mother General, Sr. Chiara Cazzuola, presented her concluding speech to the Chapter members, thanking them “for their passionate and serene participation”. At 11am, the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, presided over the Eucharist. Before the conclusion of GC 24, the Chapter members also received a special visit on 22 October from Pope Francis who met the participants and exhorted them to be “generative communities” and “women of hope”. The Holy Father lauded the ministry carried out by the FMA throughout the world, especially in the current multicultural and multireligious social context.  Source: Italy – Closure of the 24th General Chapter of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of...

Closing of FMA GC 24, the Rector Major: “You are called to be life for many”

25 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Yesterday, Sunday 24 October 2021, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) concluded its 24th General Chapter at its Generalate, which began on 11 September 2021. In the 44 days of listening, prayer, dialogue and discernment, the 172 FMA Chapter members elected the new Mother General, Mother Chiara Cazzuola. They also elected the other members of the General Council, and they reflected together on how to be “Communities that generate life in the heart of contemporary life.” The General Chapter was lived an attitude of listening to the call of God who prepares them to live the future with young people of today’s history. All of the work of GC 24 now finds its synthesis in the Chapter Document “With Mary, being a ‘presence’ that generates life”. In the morning, Mother General gave her concluding speech, in which she said among other things: “I feel the need to express my gratitude to the Lord for the abundance of grace to which we have been the recipients in this Chapter time. (…) As a fruitful community enlightened by the presence of Mary, we have focused on three significant choices: to be...

Why Purgatory?

Coming just after Hell and just before Heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante’s Divine Comedy is the Purgatorio—Purgatory. In its ninth canto, Dante places these words in the mouth of the angelic guardian of Purgatory’s gate who, displaying his keys, tells his listeners: I hold them from St. Peter—who bade […] Source: Why...

Caritas Sisters GC18 concludes at Valdocco with the Rector Major

By Sr Maria Letizia Yoko Ono General Councilor for Formation        Valdocco, 22 October 2021 — The 18th General Chapter of the Caritas Sisters of Jesus concluded with the Eucharist celebrated by the Rector Major Fr Angel F. Artime at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco, Turin on 21 October 2021 at 11:30 am. By Sr Maria Letizia Yoko Ono        CSJ 18th GC, Ariccia, Italy, 15 October 2021 — The Caritas Sisters of Jesus have elected their new Superior General, Sr. Emiliana PARK, during their 18th General Chapter, on 14 October (Ariccia, Italy) . She succeeds the former Superior Sr Teresia FURUKI (2016-2021) as the leader of the 900+ religious congregation established in 1937 in Miyazaki, Japan.        The new Superior General was born in South Korea, made her first religious profession in 1983, final vows in 1989 in Gwangju. Sr Emiliana served 6 years as provincial councilor for formation in Korea, then was elected as general councilor for the family apostolate (6 years) and then served as general councilor for formation until the GC18.        The 45 delegates of the General Chapter gathered in Ariccia, near Rome in...