Tam Ha (Vietnam).  From 18 to 20 December 2022, in Tam Ha, at the headquarters of Mary Help of Christians Province (VTN), the meeting of the Formation Commission of the CIAO East Asia Interprovincial Conference was held.

Five Daughters of Mary Help of Christians gathered at the meeting: Sr. Cynthia Calabig, from St. Mary D. Mazzarello Province (FIL); Sr. Jessica Salvaña from Mary Our Help Province (CMY); Sr. Apolonia Golda, from St. Mary D. Mazzarello (TIN); Sr. Nawarat Caterina Thirapatchararangsee from St. Mary Mazzarello Province (THA); and Sr. Teresa Thi Doan Trang Uong from the VTN Province, to give impetus to the formation of the Animators of the CIAO Conference.

The Formation Commission was established in September 2022, during the gathering of the CIAO Provincials, with the aim of discussing, thinking about, and planning together formation meetings for the CIAO Animators, taking into account their respective formation needs.

Driven by the desire to make a contribution to the formation of those who carry out a service of authority, the five FMA worked with dedication and determination to plan face-to-face formation meetings at the Conference level.

The gathering concluded with the intervention of Sr. Nilza Fátima de Moraes, General Councilor for Formation, who presented some aspects of Salesian accompaniment and some of its needs. It was a beautiful moment of communion, collaboration, and synodality that enriched the FMA who participated.

Each one looks at the formation process with hope and enthusiasm, desiring that what has been planned together with the intention of consolidating the formation of the Animators of the various Provinces of South East Asia will be fruitful.


  1. Looking forward to the upcoming formation of all animators(Sept 11-16 and 19-22) of the CIAO organized by the commission. Thank you so much for the bright and cool idea to unify the leaders’ formation


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