Simon Srugi at the University of Bethlehem

11 November 2021 (ANS – Bethlehem) – For decades the Salesian brother Sim’ān (Simon) Srugi was in charge of the medical-nursing clinic attached to the Salesian house in Betgamāl. From 1930 to 1942 he accurately recorded names of patients, types of diseases, treatment administered and their villages of origin. Eight registers of his work have been preserved, the last of which is now exhibited at the “Don Bosco House Museum” in Turin-Valdocco, in the section dedicated to the figures of holiness of the Salesian Family. They document the health service that was provided every day to dozens of sick people (40-45 on average, for a total of over 30,000), originating from more than 70 villages, some even 60 km away from the Salesian Center. For some time, these registers and the accompanying notebooks (handbooks, notebooks, prescriptions …) have attracted the attention of researchers. On November 4th, the University of Bethlehem launched a project of an interdisciplinary study of this unexplored archival heritage, from a sociological, medical-nursing, cultural point of view. Among the participants, some descendants of those patients, some are now inhabitants of the refugee camps in the Bethlehem area, among whom the memory of Sim’ān Srugi, “the holy doctor...

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...

Death Anniversary of Venerable Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin: FMA Past Pupil

Friday 22 October is the 26th death anniversary of venerable Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, wife and mother of a family, Past pupil of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. On this occasion, the “Holy Family” parish community of Cinisello Balsamo (Milano), her hometown, and the parish community of San Nazario, Valbrenta (VI), where she settled down after her wedding, will celebrate Mass in their respective centers to pray in remembrance of the Venerable. The whole Salesian Family has reason to celebrate her memory with gratitude. Maria Cristina, in fact, offers a model of Christian life of undoubted relevance: as a young woman she knew how to fully live the time given to her (she died on 22 October 1995, at just 26 years of age). As a mother she prioritized her baby she carried in her womb even at the cost of her own life; as a Past Pupil of the school of the FMA “Maria Ausiliatrice” of Cusano Milanino, she lived a truly spiritual life, made up of intense prayer, dedication to her duties and offering her sufferings in joyful testimony. More information is available on the website of the “Amici di Maria Cristina – ONLUS” Association...

The process for Beatification and Canonisation opens on Servant of God, Fr Luigi Bolla

28 September 2021 (ANS – Lima) – In the presence of the ecclesial authorities of the Archdiocese of Lima and the Salesian Congregation, Archbishop Rt. Rev. Carlos Gustavo Castillo decreed the introduction of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Fr Luigi Bolla and “ordered that the process on the life, virtues and reputation of holiness of the Servant of God Father Luigi Bolla be opened”. Thus, the Diocesan Process in the Archdiocese of Lima began on Monday 27 September 2021. The ceremony, with a small number of participants due to the pandemic, was attended by: Fr Mauel Cayo, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Peru, Fr Hugo Orozco, Regional Councilor for Interamerica, Fr Francisco Sánchez, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Ecuador, Rt. Rev. Jesús María Aristín, Bishop of Yurimaguas, and Fr Jesús Jurado, Vice Postulator. Other guests included: the Archbishop of Lima, Rt. Rev. Carlos Gustavo Castillo Mattasoglio, who presented the Episcopal Delegate, Fr Sandro Carbone, the Procurator of Justice, Fr Edwin Limas, and the Notary, Fr Manuel Zegarra, with the aim of starting the Diocesan Process. At the end of the ceremony, Fr Hugo Orozco thanked the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, for the beginning of the process....

Mariacristina Cella Mocellin, FMA Past Pupil, is Venerable

Mariacristina Cella Mocellin, FMA Past Pupil, is Venerable 06 September 2021 (ANS – Vatican City) – On 30 August 2021, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Mariacristina Cella Mocellin, a lay faithful and mother of a family born on 18 August  1969, in Monza (Italy). From 1982 to 1987, Mariacristina attended the Linguistic High School at  Mary Help of Christians School of Cusano Milanino (MI), then run by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of the Lombard Province of the Holy Family (ILO). During her school years, Mariacristina manifests herself as a serene and positive girl, open to everyone. In the classroom she is a strong but discreet presence. A friend of hers says of her, “Cheerful and playful, she was determined, she did not compromise on her values. She was a recognized authority among us, but always ready to serve.” The imprint of the Salesian charism is present in her commitment as animator of the oratory and catechist at “Holy Family” Parish of Cinisello Balsamo where she lived, so much so that in her Diary she notes some of Don Bosco’s principles on education. Struck by a sarcoma in her left leg, after...