“The Economer General administers and manages the movable and immovable goods of the Institute with transparency and respecting canon and civil law. She will coordinate and evaluate the administration of the material goods of the different Provinces, offering helpful, sisterly advice to the bursars”.(C. 131)
Councilor for Administration
Since 2008 the Sector for Administration is animated and coordinated by Sr. Vilma Tallone, Councilor for Administration.
Sr. Vilma Tallone
Was born in Cavallermaggiore (Cuneo) in 1948. She lived in Riva di Chieri and attended the public school of Riva and Chieri.
She was trained and worked as a teacher, catechist, and animator at the Oratory-Youth Center in Turin, spending thirteen years of her religious life in the Piedmont Province of Mary Help of Christians (IPI).
In 1982 she was able to realize her missionary vocation, inserted in the French Province to which the mission of Gabon was entrusted.
Sister Vilma worked in the Mission of Port-Gentil and Oyem (Gabon) and in Yaoundé (Cameroon). Appointed Provincial in January 1997, she reached Lomè (Togo) and later Abidjan (Ivory Coast) for the animation of Mother of God Province of West Africa and Equatorial Africa (AFO).
In 2004, she returned to Cameroon, first to Yaoundé and then to the Foundation in Bafia, which she left in 2008 following her appointment as General Treasurer (General Chapter XXII).
In the animation of the Administration Sector, Sr. Vilma is assisted by a team of collaborators:
Sr. Camia Cristina is Responsible for the Development Projects Sector and for the Training of Development Offices; she is the Coordinator of the FMA Youth Onlus Mission; the curator of the FMA Youth Mission Web Site.
Sr. Gannon Marie is responsible for the implementation of the Collaborative Platform and Research on entrepreneurship in the Institute.
Sr. Pisano Giuliana is the Legal Representative of the Institute; she is responsible for accounting and management control and monitors legal and real estate aspects.
Sr. Vazhakalayil Teresa is in charge of contact with benefactors and communications of charity; archiving of wills; of subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.
External members of the Team are:
Dr. Guido Barbera collaborates on development projects; and coordinates the FMA International Network.
Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, Doctor in Economics, for consulting and training support.
The Sector makes use of other external consultancies and collaborations for the various management areas that are transversal to General Administration: accounting department, financial, contractual: social security, work, insurance, juridical, legal, notary, IT-technology.
Attention to the economic dimension in a broad sense is present from the beginning of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in a historical context marked by poverty and the consequent educational choice in favor of poor young women.
The economic resources were scarce, so the Community of Mornese and gradually the new Foundations, manifested careful attention and the prudent use of goods.
A vision of economics, according to the times and contexts, which has been able to correlate attention to individual persons and the good of the religious and educational community, initiative and ethics in daily and future choices.
From this point of view, the General Administration has tried to combine, from the beginning, practical indications at the administrative-accounting level and formative proposals for reflection and reading of reality.
The Sector for Administration is configured as such in 1990, starting from the XIX General Chapter and takes on a style of animation in interdependence with the Provinces, with a great sense of belonging to the Institute and to the Church, in the variegated and complex world reality.
In the belief that the economy is transversal to life and mission, the Administration Sector commits itself, in fidelity to the charism and in dialogue with civil and religious institutions, to:
- Strengthen a new vision of economy, based on the choice of a solid anthropology that places the person and not money at the center and where the economic choices are at the service of the mission.
- Empower educational transition from welfare to responsible participation in integral development projects, promoted by the Institute and the Organizations of the International FMA Network.
- Raise awareness of the causes of poverty and marginalization by promoting a non-competitive and capitalist economy that promotes development and solidarity.
- Stimulating moderate, simple, and essential life choices on a personal and community level by promoting solidarity.
- Promote the economic formation of sisters and lay administrators by following management rules that ensure ethical transparency.
- Achieve a modern and strategic management that implements ‘management control’ through the ‘collaborative platform’: a dedicated digital tool that involves every Province, community, and work that supports and reinforces the communion of goods.