For the first time, there is a Japanese Sister as Councillor. Sister Maria Assunta Sumiko was born at Nagasaki, Japan on August 12, 1965. Very early on, she breathed a Christian and Salesian atmosphere in her family. In fact, she has a sister who is a Cooperator and a brother who is a priest of the Divine Word. As a child, Maria Assunta frequented the schools of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and there her vocation as a educator was born in the desire to dedicate her whole life to God for the young. She made her First Profession at Chofu in 1989.
She received her degree in Japanese history. In 1998, she frequented the Course of Salesian Spirituality in Rome, which at that time lasted three years. In this way, she was able to deepen her knowledge and love of the charism as well as learn Italian. The missions she had been entrusted with were: Assistant to the young girls in the period of verification and orientation, oratory animation, teacher of Social Science and Religion in the middle and high school. In 2003, she took on the task of Director of Novices. From 2004 to 2009, she was a Provincial Councillor for formation and coordinator of the Provincial Team. Her constant commitment was for Pastoral coordination and animation in its specific vocational dimension, a field in which she expended energy, initiative, and creativity. From 2013, she was the Provincial of the Alma Mater Japanese Province.
After discernment, the Chapter Assembly nominated her as a Visiting Councillor. When Mother asked her if she accepted, Sr. Maria Assunta responded, “Maybe the Holy Spirit worked too hard. I am surprised at this Chapter decision, and I thank everyone for your trust. I am aware of my limitations, but I rely on God’s help and on the presence of Mary Help of Christians. I entrust myself to them. God can work miracles. This is why I accept.”