08 Aug 2019
With Mary, Preparing for FMAs’ 150th Anniversary
(ANS – Mornese, Italy – August 5) – On August 5, from the rooms of Mother Mazzarello in Mornese, Mother General Yvonne Reungoat officially opened a triennium of preparation for the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (1872-2022). It was a day of remembrance and of the future, of gratitude and of fidelity, projecting the FMA Institute forward with hope. August 5 is an opportunity to return to the sisters’ evangelical and charismatic sources, to the motivations that give meaning to their Salesian life and mission. It is an event of grace that leads us profoundly into the roots of the Salesian vocation.
The Institute’s Mother General wrote in the letter opening the triennium: “‘Mary walks in this house’ (cf. Cronistoria V, 51-52), are the words that Don Bosco addressed to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians at his last meeting in Nizza Monferrato in 1885, in harmony with the theme of the Institute’s forthcoming 24th General Chapter. The house is the world, where the mission entrusted to the whole FMA Institute is carried out, wherever Mary is present as a guide and inspirer in helping us to live the generative power of the charism in the contemporary world. ‘Mary walks with us’ is a reality that evokes a ‘vision,’ a certainty, rooted in faith and the Salesian charism, a lived experience.”
The celebration of August 5, recalled Mother Reungoat, is an opportunity to “renew the certainty that Mary walks with us, she supports and accompanies, protects and embraces us” (Christus Vivit, n. 45). The renewal of the “Yes” of each FMA that takes place in every time and place is an event of communion.
Therefore, the hope is to live the preparation to the sesquicentennial of the Institute’s founding and the journey toward the 24th General Chapter – scheduled in Rome between September and November 2020 – “with gratitude and awe in contemplating the richness of sanctity, of educational passion, of missionary creativity that flourishes in the Institute.”
“With the young we remain united in prayer and in the joy of belonging to the Lord and to the Salesian Family, entirely of Mary,” Mother Yvonne concludes.