Sr. Rita Bailey, FMA – RIP

Sr. Rita Bailey peacefully left us for paradise on the afternoon of December 31st, 2022. She passed away at the Provincial House in San Antonio, TX surrounded by her Sisters. She was the fifth of seven children, and a native of San Francisco, CA. Sr. Rita served and lived the charism dynamically ministering to young people as teacher, youth minister, catechist, counselor, and Director of Guidance.  She worked in Atlantic City, Paterson, NJ, New York City, Port Chester, NY, San Francisco, Lomita, Corralitos, CA, Marrero, Louisiana, and San Antonio, TX. Sr. Rita is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and her religious community, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) and many, loving friends. She has joined her parents, John Frank Bailey and Hannah Marie Kelleher along with her two brothers and four sisters in everlasting happiness. Send condolences to www.theangelusfuneralhome.com Arrangements by: The Angelus Funeral...

Sr. Lucy Yuen, FMA, RIP

Sr. Lucy Kam-ying Yuen, FMA, the second of two children in the family, native of Canton, Kwangtung, China, died unexpectedly at the age of 75 on October 19, 2022, at Doctors’ Hospital in Laredo, TX. Sr. Lucy served the Lord and His little children with contagious joy and unwavering enthusiasm as a teacher and catechist in several schools in New Jersey, California, and Texas. Her last assignment cut short by heart failure after she had just finished teaching a class of kindergartners in Laredo, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her sister Christina Lo, nieces and nephews and her religious community, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians – Salesian Sisters. Visitation and Rosary at 7:00 P.M. Monday, October 24, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Resurrection Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Services will take place at the Provincial House in San Antonio, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vocation Program of the Salesian Sisters at 6019 Buena Vista St., San Antonio, TX 78237. Sr. Lucy’s body will be brought to San Francisco, CA for a funeral Mass and interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in...

“Faces of the same charism. Salesians & Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the 20th century”

31 January 2022 (ANS – Rome) – The presentation of the volume Volti di uno stesso carisma. Salesiani e Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice nel XX secolo, or Faces of the same charism. Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the twentieth century, edited by Fr Francesco Motto, SDB, and Sister Grazia Loparco, FMA, and published by LAS (Rome 2021) took place with extremely positive results on January 26 at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. Promoted by the association of Salesian historians, Associazione Cultori di Storia Salesiana (ACSSA) in collaboration with the Faculty of Education and Social Communication of the aforementioned university, various scholars shared their presentations during the event. In his greeting, prof. Fr Antonio Dellagiulia, SDB, Dean of the Faculty of Education Sciences (ESF) of the UPS, underlined the spiritual value of the individual profiles and their inclusion in the Salesian tradition; in the individual characters presented, he also identified that path of clear personal identity, great intimacy, and social generativity, of which a classic author of developmental psychology, Erik Erikson, speaks. Professor Fr Motto, President of ACSSA, then illustrated the complex phases of international preparatory work for the volume, the objectives that were intended and achieved, and the innovative...

Conference on Mother Mazzarello and Her Maternal Heart – from the Auxilium

Rome (Italy). On 2 December 2021, with the presentation by Prof. Eliane Petri, FMA, on the theme “Mother Mazzarello: ‘a big and generous heart’. Her educational motherhood challenges us”, the 2nd appointment of ‘Salesian Thursdays at Auxilium’ was held, the initiative of the Studies Center on FMA of the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences ‘Auxilium’ in Rome with in-depth studies on the pedagogy, spirituality, and history of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The ‘secret’ of the fully realized life of Mary Domenica, explains Prof. Petri, is contained in her ‘motherly heart’. Mary Domenica lived her spiritual motherhood in the light of the motherhood of Mary of Nazareth, source of generativity, “‘At the Wedding of Cana there was the Mother of Jesus’ (Jn 2: 1), a solicitous, attentive, foreseeing, prayerful presence. Also in Mornese there was the mother, Mary Mazzarello. Her mission was to form the first FMA and to create a new way of being a vocational, synodal, missionary community ‘with’ and ‘for’ the young”. The adjective ‘educational’ qualifies her identity as a woman educator and is completed with the action of the Holy Spirit, keeping in mind the person in all her dimensions: human, emotional, intellectual, spiritual in their entirety. “It is a motherhood...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: the “beautiful day” – Greetings of la Madre, Sr. Chiara Cazzuola, FMA

Greetings from the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Rome (Italy). The Message of Greetings from the Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Chiara Cazzuola, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary: This is the “beautiful day”! This is how Mother Mazzarello defines the days of the novena and the feast of MARY IMMACULATE! (L 16 to the Sisters of Borgo San Martino). Truly everything becomes beautiful with her. The Christian people live this feast as the triumph of the beauty of grace and celebrate Mary with the most beautiful and intense expressions of nature, of creation. In Valdocco, in Mornese, in our houses, for 150 years we have been singing to Mary with particular affection. The Marian Circle that is celebrated in each community unites us in invoking her in languages from all over the world. One wonders on what other day, if not December 8, could the call to a ‘poor priest’ and a boy to embody the Salesian charism be fulfilled, so that young people, avid for the future, for beauty, for...

Religious Life at the Change of an Era – An Anthology – Fr. Pascual Chávez Villanueva SDB

06 December 2021 Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva needs no introduction. This book is an anthology of talks and papers given on different occasions and to different assemblies or readers on the constant change that Religious Life has been going through and is still experiencing. These reflections have been now translated into English from the original Italian or Spanish and put together and made available to all persons in Religious Life, especially those who are English-speaking. Editorial decisions were not taken just for the sake of style in itself. Rather, they were taken in line with the awareness of the true “kairòs” moment that Religious Life is in according to Fr Chávez, and which he instilled in his original audience. It is hoped that such awareness is also instilled in the readers of the present book. In the Preface, Fr Chávez gives a short account of the history of Religious Life throughout the centuries so as to put his readers in context. Arriving to the present moment, he writes: “Although reaffirming this constant change within Consecrated Life, however we must also affirm that since Vatican Council II, it is being called to a profound renewal by returning to its sources –...