Rome (Italy). The Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, with Circular n°998 of 31 May 2020, makes public the renewed Convocation of General Chapter XXIV.
Everyone in the same boat, are the words pronounced by Pope Francis on 27 March 2020, that transformed the daily rhythm during the months of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Social distancing and restrictive measures to contain the contagion of the coronavirus have also led to the postponement of events, conventions, and experiences.
The Mother General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, in February 2020 with the publication of Circular n°985, had announced the beginning of General Chapter XXIV in Rome at the Generalate on 18 September 2020.
After careful discernment with the General Councilors, she made public the date of the renewed convocation: “In this time of difficult trial for the whole world due to the Covid-19 pandemic, taking into account the measures in place established by governments and above all the travel and movement restrictions […] and information gathered on the course of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, Mother officially convokes General Chapter XXIV, in accordance with article 138 of the Constitutions of the FMA Institute (Circ. n 998).
General Chapter XXIV will begin in the FMA Generalate in Rome, on 17 April 2021.
“Contemporaneity is not only a temporal category, it is a complex relationship with one’s times for reading the social, political, religious, institutional, educational, and cultural scenario in which one lives” (Circular n. 985). Listening to the reality and the consequences of the pandemic on the style of life and on the Salesian educational mission, through a believer’s reading of the actual situation, dense with new challenges and unprecedented opportunities, Mother renews the choice of theme “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5). Communities that generate life in the heart of contemporaneity with the aim of reawakening the original freshness of the Institute’s vocational fruitfulness.
In concluding, Mother invites the Educating Communities to invoke the light of the Holy Spirit and to entrust themselves to Mary Help of Christians, Guide and Mother.
“Mary teaches us to keep an attentive eye on reality, to intuit needs, to foresee new paths for the educational mission to give hope to children, teenagers, and young people, especially the poorest. She educates us to obedient listening to Jesus, who with His Spirit, regenerates the Educating Communities, working the miracle of the ‘new wine’. Let us feel ourselves in communion on this journey enlightened by hope. Our trust is rooted in the One who is with us every day as a presence of love, of wisdom, and of perennial newness”.