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...

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...

The 10 Successors of la Madre, St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, FMA

Yesterday, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, gathered in Rome to participate in the 24th General Chapter of the FMA, elected Sr. Chiara Cazzuola as their Mother General. She is the 10th Successor of Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello. But, who were the Mothers General before Sr. Chiara Cazzuola? 1. Mother Caterina Daghero (1881-1924) 2. Mother Luisa Vaschetti (1924-1943) 3. Mother Ermelinda Lucotti (1943-1957) 4. Mother Angela Vespa (1958-1969) 5. Mother Ersilia Canta (1969-1981) 6. Mother Rosetta Marchese (1981-1984) 7. Mother Marinella Castagno (1984-1996) 8. Mother Antonia Colombo (1996-2008) 9. Mother Yvonne Reungoat (2008-2021) RELATED ARTICLE(S) Italy – Sr Chiara Cazzuola FMA elected New Mother General of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Italy – 24th GC of the FMA: awaiting General Council elections Italy – Report on the FMA Institute 2014-2020 presented at 24th GC FMA Institutes in the World: Data Italy – XXIV General Chapter of Daughters of Mary Help of...

FMAs elect Sr María del Rosario García Ribas as Vicar General

07 October 2021 (ANS – Rome) – Wednesday 6 October 2021, the 24th General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) elected Sr María del Rosario García Ribas, the current Provincial of the “Mary Help of Christians” Province of Spain (SPA), as the Vicar General of the FMA Institute. The announcement was greeted with a warm applause and all the Chapter members and sisters of the community of the FMA Generalate congratulated her. For the next six years Sr. García Ribas will be the primary Collaborator of the Mother General in her task of animating the life and dynamic fidelity in the FMA Institute (FMA Constitutions: Art. 126). She succeeds the current Mother General, Sr Chiara Cazzuola, who had been Vicar General since 2014. Sr María del Rosario García Ribas was born on 22 January 1961 in Seville, Spain. She attended the Salesian boarding school “Mary Help of Christians” in the Nervión district of her city, and was an animator at the oratory, fully participating in many pastoral initiatives while following the degree course in History. Gradually, this Salesian atmosphere impressed upon her and helped her to discover her vocation. She made her first profession on 5...

Rebuilding St. Joseph Chapel – Salesian Sisters of Saint John Bosco

REBUILDING ST. JOSEPH CHAPEL A devastating fire struck our chapel on May 18, 2018. Amid shock and sorrow, we received an outpouring of love, support and donations, which encouraged us to pick up again, and in faith, rebuild our beloved St. Joseph Chapel. The insurance money we received would replace exactly what we had but not cover the increased expenses caused by Covid-19 and the important updates included in our new plans (public restrooms, two confessionals and a larger narthex). Additionally, nothing would be left to cover essential furnishings and liturgical items. If you would consider giving a lasting memorial or tribute to those you hold dear, please look through the brochure. We are profoundly grateful! Chapel Fundraising BrochureDownload Response Card for Chapel FundraisingDownload Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA Director of Development 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Tel: (973) 904-0102 Toll-free: (877) 687-6867 Fax: (973) 904-0041 E-mail: sr.mary@salesiansisters.org Source: Rebuilding St. Joseph Chapel – Salesian Sisters of Saint John...