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...

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...

Sr. Maria Luisa Nicastro appointed Secretary-General of the FMA Institute

19 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – On Monday 18 October 2021 the Mother General of the FMA Institute, Sr. Chiara Cazzuola, appointed, with the consent of the General Council, Sr. Maria Luisa Nicastro, of the Roman Province “San Giovanni Bosco” (IRO), as the Secretary-General of the FMA Institute and communicated it to the participants in the XXIV General Chapter. Sister Nicastro, born in Rome, was the Principal of the “Mary Help of Christians” Secondary School in Rome and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences “Auxilium” in Rome. Until now she held the position of Secretary of the IRO Province. The Secretary General is responsible for the general archives, the history of the Institute, the registers and general statistics. (C. 133) Her duties include: the drafting of the Acts and Deliberations of the General Council and the official documents of the Institute; the compilation of the registers and general statistics; fostering and the deepening of the charism and history of the Institute. The Secretariat has the responsibility of the Central Historical Archive with the aim of preserving, ordering and making known, through the relevant documentation, the historical heritage of the FMA Institute (see Constitutions, art....

FMA’s 24th GC: the first “Goodnight” of Mother General Chiara Cazzuola

13 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – On 11 October 2021, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, 10th Successor of Mother Mazzarello at the head of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), offered her first Salesian “Goodnight” to the participants of the FMA’s 24th General Chapter with a message marked by the gratitude and centrality of Mary in the life of every religious and of the Institute. Already on October 5, 2021, immediately after the election, the newly elected Mother had said to the Chapter Assembly: “It is a mission greater than me. I trust in the Lord, and I entrust myself to Mary Help of Christians whom I feel very present. For this, I say Yes and I thank you for your trust. I know that it will be a path that we shall travel together.” Then, on the evening of Sunday 11, she expressed the following words with serenity and clarity: “The heart experiences many different feelings, but there is one above all the others: and it is gratitude. Thanks to the Lord for having called us to this wonderful Institute that Our Lady wanted. And this is a beautiful certainty that accompanies us. When we say ‘Mary...

FMA GC XXIV: Election to the General Council completed

11 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – With the elections of the last three sector Councilors – Missions, Social Communication, Administration – and of the seven Visiting Councilors, designated on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October, the General Council elected by the 24th General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) has been completed. The FMA Chapter members gathered at the Generalate of the Institute in Rome elected Sr. Ruth del Pilar Mora, a Colombian and the former Superior of the Vice Province of Africa Ethiopia Sudan South Sudan (AES) to head the Missions sector. Born in Labateca on September 6, 1966, she made her religious profession in 1988. The following year she graduated in Educational Sciences at the “Auxilium” Faculty in Rome, and after holding various positions in Colombia and in Rome, as a collaborator in the Youth Ministry sector, she served as a missionary in Africa for almost 20 years, developing humanitarian, educational and vocational training activities in favor of hundreds of young people and women. Sr. Maria Ausilia de Siena, an Italian, from Petrizzi, Calabria was elected as the councillor for Social Communication. She was born on July 24, 1964. She served as the animator of...