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A presentation of the history and charism of the Salesian Sisters of St John Bosco (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians).

A presentation of the history and charism of the Salesian Sisters of St John Bosco (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians).

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  • Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice That is what FMA means.
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    • 1. Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
    • 2.
      • The Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians traces its roots back to the passionate dream of St John Bosco and St Mary Mazzarello: to see young people happy in this life and in the next.
    • 3.  
    • 4.
      • At the age of nine Don Bosco had a dream in which he was encouraged to reach out to the young with kindness and gentleness.
      • This dream is considered extremely formative to his future work among the young.
    • 5.
      • After struggling to obtain an education so that he could follow the desire of his heart and enter the seminary, Don Bosco soon found himself reaching out to the young and the poor of Turin. He felt that he could identify with them, to a certain extent, because of the poverty and struggles of his own childhood. He soon understood that his life work would be among them.
    • 6. As Don Bosco’s work of caring for poor and abandoned boys grew, he saw the need for a religious congregation of women to fulfill the same dream for young girls.
    • 7.
      • St Mary Mazzarello was born on May 9, 1837 at Mornese in the Alessandria region of Italy.
    • 8.
      • Her childhood, though not as financially troubled as Don Bosco’s, was still marked by poverty and difficulty in obtaining an education. In some regards it was even harder for Mary to make a future for herself as women were not expected to do more than be mothers and homemakers.
    • 9.
      • Mary helped her family every day in the vineyards and was known as an efficient worker. She is said to have been stronger than the men.
    • 10.
      • Mary eventually recovered, but the typhoid left her permanently weakened.
    • 11.
      • Becoming a seamstress herself enabled her, along with her friend Petronilla, to begin taking in girls from the streets and teaching them the trade.
    • 12.
      • When she was a young woman, Mary Mazzarello joined the group of consecrated lay women called the Daughters of the Immaculate , which was under the guidance of the village priest, Fr Pestarino
    • 13.
      • On October 7, 1864, Don Bosco stopped at Mornese to see Fr Pestarino and had his first meeting with Mary Mazzarello.
    • 14. First Professions
      • On August 5, 1872, Mary Domenica Mazzarello and the first FMAs made their first vows into the hands of Don Bosco and Bishop Joseph Sciandra.
    • 15. During her lifetime the work grew significantly…
    • 16.
      • … and on May 14, 1881, Mary Domenica Mazzarello died at Nizza-Monferrato at the age of 44.
      • She left behind 26 houses
      • and 166 sisters .
    • 17. FMA in the United States
      • On July 16, 1908, the first
      • four missionary
      • Salesian Sisters
      • arrived in
      • New York City.
      • They settled in
      • Paterson, NJ,
      • to begin their ministry
      • with the children of
      • Italian immigrants.
    • 18. 100 years of Presence
      • This year marks one hundred years since the arrival of the first four Salesian Sisters. Today we continue to be actively engaged in ministering to the young and with the young, especially the poor and marginalized .
    • 19. SALESIAN Charism
    • 20. "Da Mihi Animas, Caetera Tolle!" “ Give me Souls, take away the rest!”
    • 21. The Preventive System Reason Religion Loving-Kindness
    • 22. The Oratory Model Home School Playground Church
    • 23. Education is a matter of the heart. Only God is the TRUE teacher and we need to ask Him for the keys.
    • 24. It is a welcoming, active, witnessing presence among the girls, a warm-hearted friendly sharing in their lives, their hopes and aspirations. - FMA Constitutions
    • 25. Guiding people towards an everyday holiness that is possible in any state of life .
    • 26. The serene and infectious joy which Mary Mazzarello cultivated among the Sisters and girls is a characteristic and absolutely indispensable element in the Salesian way of doing things.
    • 27. Joyful Optimistic Youth Centered Marian Eucharistic Family Spirituality
    • 28. Eucharistic
      • It is He who fires our
      • soul with a love
      • that compels others
      • to Him.
      Love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
    • 29.
      • under the special title of
      • “ Help of Christians”
      Marian A living friendship with Mary
    • 30.
      • D edication to the Church, seen especially in the person of the Holy Father .
    • 31. Prayer
      • O ur prayer, simple but deep, is vital to our life. It nurtures and sustains us in our consecration and ministry to the young.
      Its aim is to transform every moment into one of communion with God and others.
    • 32.
      • It helps us harmonize “Martha and Mary”, the contemplative with the active dimension of our life.
      • -Original Constitutions written by Don Bosco
    • 33. SALESIAN FAMILY The first place in which we learn the basics of communication and of relationships is the family because, in it, love is given and received .
    • 34. Missionary Fervor
    • 35. In the World 81 Provinces In 89 nations 5 continents 1488 local communities.
    • 36.
      • Teaching in elementary schools,
      • high schools and college
    • 37. Animating Youth Ministry
    • 38.
      • Assisting in parish animation and catechetical instruction
    • 39.
      • Directing summer camps
    • 40. SALESIANS BRING CHRIST TO THE YOUNG
    • 41. What attracted us ? Family Spirit Spirit of Joy Missionary Spirit Charism for the young Love for Christ A DREAM

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