“The Councilor for the Missions has the responsibility of giving impetus to the missionary activity of the Institute among those who are being evangelized” (C. 130)
Councilor for the Missions
Since 2008, the Sector for the Missions is animated and coordinated by Sister Alaíde Deretti, Councilor for the Missions.
Sr. Alaíde Deretti
She was born in Massaranduba, Brazil on 25 April 1950. She obtained the title of Master at the Institute of Mary Help of Christians in Rio do Sul and after her religious vows, the License in Pedagogy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Porto Alegre.
In the years 1985-87 she attended the Salesian Spirituality Course at Auxilium in Rome. She was a Teacher, Director, Secretary, and Provincial Councilor.
As Provincial of the Province of Our Lady of Aparecida of Porto Alegre (1993-1999) she was always attentive to the spiritual life of the sisters, to deepen Salesian spirituality, to create communion among the members of the educating community to ensure a quality mission among the young .
For three years she was President of the Interprovincial Conference of Brazil (CIB); she also held the position of Executive Secretary of the Conference of Religious of Brazil (CRB Porto Alegre).
As Delegate of CGXXI (2002) she participated in the preparatory phase, in the pre-Chapter Commission, receiving from it the mandate as Visiting Councilor. During the six-year period she visited 11 provinces in three continents: Latin America, Europe, and Africa.
In CGXXII (2008), Sister Alaíde was called to animate the Mission Sector, a service reconfigured at GCXXII (2014). During this period, she was involved in the formation, accompaniment, and updating of the new missionaries and missionaries ad gentes. She supported the realization of the Missionary Exhibition in Mornese, the Missionary Spirituality Project (PEM), and the re-launching of the Project for a common home in the diversity of peoples.
In the period 2008-2014, she became a pilgrim to mission lands and reached 35 Provinces and 44 Nations and in the 2015-2018 period, 25 Provinces and 24 nations. Furthermore, she is committed to accompanying the process of opening new presences in the Institute, in addition to awareness-raising and missionary formation, in synergy with the other Sectors and with the SDB Sector.
In the animation of the Sector, the Councilor is assisted by Collaborators:
Sr. Blanca Sánchez
Sr. Maike Loes
The Mission Sector interacts with the Provinces through the local Coordinator who, in the Provincial Team, helps to animate the specific processes of the missionary dimension.
The mission of the Sector
“Go … you will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth” (Mk 16: 15 and Acts 1:8).
Mission is the heart of the Church, it is a constituent part of the identity of every baptized person. “It is something I cannot eradicate from my being. I am a mission on this earth”.
The Church’s mission is born from the Missio Dei: “God is Love!” In Jesus, God revealed Himself to be the Father of all and, through Him, in the creative power of the Spirit, He entrusted the Church with the task of revealing His love to all peoples, nations, and cultures: “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature”.
With the Decree “Ad Gentes” (1965) the Church renewed itself in its missionary identity. Responding to the mandate of Jesus, it makes itself available to discover the seeds of the Word present in reality, to re-awaken people’s hearts, and to reveal God’s plan.
Inserted in the Church, the FMA Institute carries out the missionary mandate of Jesus in fidelity to its charismatic origins which are always missionary origins! Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello made concrete the desire to proclaim Jesus to the young people. Because they had a heart and a broad vision, they knew how to go beyond the borders of Piedmont. Over time, the Institute has crossed seas and mountains, embracing all peoples, continents, young people of every time!
Today the Institute lives on the missionary ardor of the Founders and of the testimony of the first missionaries, who left in 1877 for Uruguay, full of “Da mihi animas, cetera tolle“, with the sole desire to respond to the mandate: “I entrust them to you”.
The XV Special General Chapter (1969) created the Central Missionary Office, today “Sector for the Missions”. Since its creation, the Sector has committed itself to ensuring that the Institute can respond to its missionary vocation, becoming more clearly aware of it, in harmony with the Church, in the various geographical and cultural realities. Welcoming the invitation of GCXXIII – Broaden Your Vision … – the Sector accompanies the FMA in understanding the missionary mandate of Jesus, so that the Word of God may reach all peoples as a word of life, faith, and active citizenship. Its specific tasks are: to prepare the new missionaries and to accompany those ad gentes; to re-awaken the missionary roots of the Institute; collaborate in the formation of intercultural communities; sensitizing educating communities on the following topics: mission ad/ inter gentes, human mobility, intercultural/interreligious/ecumenical dialogue, ethnic and religious minorities, first proclamation of Christ, FMA presence in multi-religious contexts.