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...

Pope Francis to FMA: “Do not forget the grace of your origins … Mary Help of Christians will help you: You are her daughters!”

From multiple sources: Rome, FMA General House, 25 October 2021 — On the morning of 22 October, after leaving Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis went by car to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians General House, where he met participants at the 24th General Chapter of the Institute, which is being held in Rome from 11 September to 24 October 2021 on the theme “Generative Communities of Life in the Heart of Contemporaneity”.        During this memorable and quite unexpected encounter (unlike the SDBs during the GC28 at Valdocco in March 2020), the 180 FMA Sisters at the General Chapter were encouraged by Pope Francis on their path of following Jesus Christ with more courage and determination. After the talk in the Chapter Hall, there was a good opportunity to share the joy and some gifts from different cultures to the Successor of Peter.   The Holy Father Francis once again manifested his special attention to the Salesian Family through a surprise visit, on Friday 22 October by going to the Generalate of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in Rome to meet the participants of the 24th General Chapter of the FMA. The...

“Leadership in the Association of Salesian Cooperators” Regional Meeting

20 October 2021 (ANS – Guadalajara) – The Salesian Cooperators of the Inter-America region held their second virtual training meeting on Sunday, October 17, which revolved around the theme “Leadership in the Association of Salesian Cooperators”. Three hundred cooperators participated, coming from the thirteen countries that make up the region and from other countries as well. Alfredo Algandar, the Provincial Coordinator for Mexico North, welcomed all the participants. The world councilor of the Interamerica Region Francisco Burciaga also addressed the attendees with a few words. Fr Alejandro Zepeda, SDB, illustrated the guiding theme and encouraged participants to assume leadership with the characteristics that Don Bosco offers, expressed in the Statute of the Project of Apostolic Life, so as not to get lost in things that do not go with the Salesian charism: – Seeing, listening, and capturing what is affecting girls, boys, adolescents, and young people today. – experiencing authentic compassion to allow ourselves to be moved by the Holy Spirit who keeps us in constant motion. – upholding fidelity to the promise made by the fervent desire to serve God and His children most in need. The motto of the meeting was “Called to be salt and light for...

NFCYM: Partnering with Parents – Free new webinar series

  NEW SERIES FOR OCTOBER 2021: FREE BUT YOU MUST REGISTER! We’re committed to advancing the field of pastoral ministry to young people by supporting and strengthening those who accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ.   Partnering with Parents: Learn about our new series Tune into our new free webinar series for all leaders interested in partnering with parents in bringing home the faith View Details   OCT19 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT Partnering with Parents Series: Conducting a Family Faith Inventory OCT26 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT Partnering with Parents Series: Bridging the Generational Divide NOV3 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT Partnering with Parents Series: Creating Family Mission Statements Partnering with Parents Series: Conducting a Family Faith Inventory October 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT Free and open to all who wish to accompany parents in order to bring home the faith. Date: Oct 19 at 2 pm ET Registration Link: https://nfcym-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t7BsZI6TRl-eXDhijP2fjw In this session of the Partnering with Parents Webinar Series, Mark Mann (Diocese of Grand Rapids) and Diane Kledzik (Diocese of St. Petersburg) share how a family can assess its “living faith” so they can partner with the parish in choosing how they wish to grow as a domestic church. This...

Casa Don Bosco Museum in the heart of “Art with those who are part of it”

12 October 2021 (ANS – Turin) – The “Abbonamento Musei” (Museum Pass) association, which links some of the most prestigious and characteristic cultural centers of Piedmont, Lombardy and Valle d’Aosta, has launched a new initiative to accompany tourists and people interested in history, art and culture in their adventures of discovery: it is “L’Arte con chi ne fa parte – Art with those who are part of it”, a proposal that will allow you to visit the participating museums with a new vision altogether, because it will be the founders, the first collectors, the entrepreneurs, the nobles and the sovereigns who will guide you along the evocative visits and routes. The Don Bosco House Museum also takes part in the initiative, which has completed little more than a year after its inauguration, and having now completed its final layout, can thus become a key player thanks to the presentation of the figure of Don Bosco. Within the project, the Don Bosco House Museum offers two guided tours: The first package – Saturday 16 October 2021, at 15:30 – tells of a life marked by “Salesian” dreams that have changed the lives of millions of young people all over the world. A visit...

FMA GC XXIV elects: General Councilors for Formation, Youth Ministry, Salesian Family

08 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – After the days of silence, study and discernment, the voting to identify the other sisters called to support the new Mother General, Sister Chiara Cazzuola, as her councillors, is now advancing at a rapid pace at the 24th General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. After the election of Sister María del Rosario García Ribas as the Vicar General, on Wednesday 6 October, the following were voted on Thursday 7: Sr. Nilza Fátima de Moraes, Brazilian, as General Councilor for Formation; Sr. Runita Galve Borja, from The Philippines, confirmed for a second six-year term as General Councilor for Youth Ministry; and Sr. Leslie del Socorro Sándigo Ortega, Nicaraguan, former collaborator in the area of the Salesian Family, was elected General Councilor for the Salesian Family. Sr. Nilza Fátima de Moraes was born on 25 November 1965 in Natividade da Serra, São Paulo, Brazil. In 1979 she went to study in Lorraine at the so-called “Domestic School”. In 1985 she began the Novitiate and on 24 January 1987 made her Religious Profession and was sent to the Community of Santa Inês in São Paulo. After serving in various FMA houses in Brazil, in 2000 she specialized...