ADMA’s 150th Anniversary Is at Hand

11 Apr 2019

(ANS – Rome – Aprila10) – The Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) will celebrate its 150th anniversary on April 18. Established in Turin on April 18, 1869, through the work of St. John Bosco, one year after the consecration of the church of Mary Help of Christians (June 9, 1868), it is thus the second member group in the large Salesian Family, predating both the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian Cooperators.

Don Bosco founded this group in gratitude for the benefits that people recognized as coming from the Virgin Mary and as a tool for the defense and growth of the faith of the Christian people. Don Bosco was inspired to propose a simple Christianity that would sustain the ordinary life of the faithful, anchoring them firmly to the “two columns” of the Eucharist and of Mary Immaculate, Help of Christians.

In the message sent on the occasion of this happy anniversary, the president of the Primary ADMA of Turin-Valdocco, Renato Valera, said: “The coincidence with the liturgical date of Holy Thursday invites us to live this anniversary with a Eucharistic spirit. As we give thanks for these 150 years of life of the Association of Mary Help of Christians, let us commit, faithful to the charism of our holy founder Don Bosco, to letting ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit for a renewed evangelizing and educational impulse.”

“It is about living and bringing faith in Jesus Christ and love for Mary to many friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, acquaintances,” continues Mr. Valera. “The essential part of this evangelizing impulse consists in renewing the Association with a privileged attention to the family and to the new generations, favoring and taking care of personal friendship, openness to all, and the spirit of service, making the deeply evangelical attitudes of Mary our own: her availability to God, her faithfulness in the hour of trial and of the cross, her spirit of joy and thanksgiving for the marvels that the Lord works.”

More specifically, the 800 groups of ADMA aggregated around the world are invited to plan, for Holy Thursday or at another time, a time of Eucharistic adoration in which to renew, with Mary, faith in Jesus Christ and the commitment to be joyful witnesses of the new life of the Gospel.

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