Rome (Italy). On 9 May 2022, the anniversary of the birth of Mother Mazzarello, the Formation Sector of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians coordinates a worldwide online meeting of all the Novices with the theme: “Today Mother tells us: Courage, let’s dream big”.

This great event, which will open at 13:00 (Italian time), aims to help the Novices to:

  • experience the joy and beauty of belonging to a family that together dreams big for the life of young people.
  • sharing the dream of being a generative presence with and for young people.

The event is part of the celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of the Foundation of the FMA Institute (1872-2022) and is the continuation of the International Meeting of Novices held online by language groups – in Italian, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish – between the end of August and the beginning of September 2021 on the theme: Today Mother writes a letter for you!

The meeting was the result of the synergy between the Formation Sector of the FMA Institute, with the Coordinator of Project Mornese, in collaboration with a team that had animated the online meeting of Project Mornese in various languages, from which arose the initiative of an online meeting of all novices in Mornese. The goal was “to meet Mother Mazzarello together and listen to the simple and essential words she has to tell us about our history today”.

The experience was much appreciated by the Novices who, enthusiastic, had the daring to ask for another unified meeting of all the FMA Novices in the world.

Now everything is ready to celebrate with the Novices of the whole world the joy of belonging to a religious family that belongs entirely to Mary, which has not only a long history to recount, but a future to build, to dream big together in order to be today ‘Helpers among the young’ in the heart of contemporaneity.

Brochure in 7 languages

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  1. Domani, nel compleanno di Madre Mazzarello sarà un gran giorno!!! Anche noi siamo molto contente di poter partecipare a questo meraviglioso incontro. Ringrazio il Signore per la nostra vocazione comune ad essere FMA e per il dono del carisma per la salvezza integrale dei giovani!

  2. Viva Gesù e Maria!

    The NAC Novices are excited and honored to be a part of this exciting event in our Institute’s history. As women in formation, we are blessed to have Mother Mazzarello’s letters help guide and encourage us. Her words are perennial and absolutely relevant, especially for our young people today. “Today Mother tells us: Courage, let’s dream big.” Together, with the entire Institute and with Mary our Mother and Help, we will not only dream big but live into that dream with cheerfulness and hope. We look forward to a fruitful gathering!

    NAC Novices 2022


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