All set for Official Opening of 24th General Chapter of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

    Tomorrow, Friday 17 September 2021, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) will celebrate the Official Opening of its XXIV General Chapter, which ends 24 October, at the Generalate in Rome. There will be two central moments of the day: at 7:00 (UTC + 2), the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Rector Major emeritus, Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva; and at 9:30 am, the Official Opening of the General Chapter. Speaking of the Chapter, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the FMA, said: “It is an experience of faith and continuous discernment, to listen with a free and available heart to the calls of God present in history … We feel the responsibility to build the basis of the world of tomorrow with young people and young women.” The 172 participants in the Chapter, coming from all continents, shall be called to explore and discuss the theme: “’Do whatever He tells you’”(Jn 2,5). Communities that generate life in the heart of the contemporary world”. The Mass and the Official Opening of the General Chapter will be broadcast live on the institutional channels of the sisters: FACEBOOK – YOUTUBE. “That the XXIV General Chapter be a fruitful...

XXIV General Chapter of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

(ANS – Rome) – On Sunday 12 September, 2021, at the Generalate of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in Rome, the 172 Chapter members from the five continents lived their first official meeting with a moment of presentations under the banner of fraternity and celebration. The day began with the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Mauro Mantovani, SDB, former Rector Magnificus of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS), who invited the religious to live this time of grace and blessing in opening up to the gift of the Holy Spirit and listening attentively to the Word. The icon of the banquet at Cana accompanied the moment of welcome and mutual acquaintance, animated by the General Councilors Sr. Silvia Boullosa, the Visiting Councilor, and Sr. Maria Helena Moreira, Sector Councilor for Communication. It is here that the miracle of the grace of unity in diversity took place, in which each of the participants manifested being a family in communion: the joy of meeting, of coming together, the life and mission of the 69 Provinces and 5 Vice Provinces represented, the names, the faces, countries and languages ​​ that are the sign of the beauty of the FMA Institutes...

Highlights of the Holy Father’s Visit to Hungary and Slovakia 2021

Highlights of Pope Francis’ visit to Budapest and Slovakia A video roundup of Pope Francis’ 34th Apostolic Journey, a 4-day visit which took him first to Budapest to close the 52nd Eucharistic Congress and then to Slovakia for a whirlwind tour to strengthen the faith of the EU nation’s majority Catholic population. Pope at Mass upholds Mary to Slovaks as model of faith Celebrating his final Mass on Slovak soil near the National Marian Shrine of Šaštín on Wednesday, Pope Francis invites Slovaks to imitate Mary in her journey, her prophecy and her compassion. By Robin Gomes In what was the final public event of his 34th Apostolic Journey to Slovakia, Pope Francis Wednesday morning celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Sorrow with an open-air Mass in Šaštín.  The town, some 71 kilometers north of the Slovak capital Bratislava, is home to the National Marian Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, the patroness of Slovakia.  Some 90 bishops and more than 500 priests concelebrated at the Mass, attended by some 60,000 faithful. Mary’s faith as a journey       In his homily, the Pope reflected on Mary’s faith as a journey, a prophecy and as compassion. Firstly, the Pope said, Mary’s...

Minori stranieri non accompagnati, Salesiani per il Sociale lancia la piattaforma digitale per la formazione e aggiornamento degli operatori – Salesiani Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta

Minori stranieri non accompagnati, Salesiani per il Sociale lancia la piattaforma digitale per la formazione e aggiornamento degli operatori 14 Settembre 2021/in Intorno a noi / Viene lanciato ufficialmente il Digital notebook, L’accompagnamento dei minori non accompagnati in Europa: le esperienze dei Professionisti del sociale che rappresenta un valido strumento per tutti gli operatori che lavorano sul campo a supporto dei minori stranieri non accompagnati. Già il 16 ottobre 2020 era stata lanciata la piattaforma inglese e francese, all’interno del webinar internazionale, Caring for unaccompanied minors in Europe e ad oggi è disponibile anche in italiano, greco e tedesco. La piattaforma è frutto del lavoro svolto all’interno del progetto Building knowledge from local practices: a solution for better care and support of unaccompanied minors in Europe, che ha coinvolto 7 partner europei: Apprentis d’Auteuil in Francia, in qualità di capofila, Salesiani per il Sociale APS in Italia, Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands in Germania, The Smile of a Child in Grecia e partner del campo di ricerca, Università di Ghent in Belgio, Università del Bedfordshire in Inghilterra e Osservatorio sulla migrazione dei minori – Università di Poitiers in Francia. Questo strumento offrirà agli operatori l’occasione di una formazione continua e la possibilità di confrontarsi con una community di esperti nel settore e con altri operatori che operano nei diversi paesi. Durante...

Centenary of the death of Msgr. Giacomo Costamagna, SDB

15 September 2021 (ANS – Buenos Aires) – Giacomo Costamagna certainly plays a leading role among the missionary pioneers who have made the Salesian Congregation great, the first Salesian missionary to join the indigenous people of Ecuador, who was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Méndez y Gualaquiza, and who was above all a great animator and promoter of the whole Salesian mission in America. Because of the centenary of his death, which took place on 9 September 1921 in Bernal, Argentina, we commemorate his life and works. Born in Caramagna, 30 km from Turin, on 23 March 1846, he met Don Bosco at the age of 12, when he was sent to study in Turin. He entered the Oratory, attended his studies and perfected his musical skills with another key figure of the Salesian missions, Giovanni Cagliero. Sensing his priestly and Salesian vocation, he was sent to study in Lanzo, where he shared his life with other clerics who would later become friends and companions, even though at a distance, in the mission lands: Luigi Lasagna, apostle in Uruguay and Brazil; and Giuseppe Fagnano, a missionary in Tierra del Fuego and on the Magellanic coast. Ordained a priest on September 18,...