Rome (Italy). On 7 April 2022, at 18:30 (Italian time) the 6th appointment of the Salesian Thursday at Auxilium, organized by the Center for Studies on the FMA of the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences “Auxilium” in Rome. Sr. Piera Cavaglià, Secretary General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians from 2002 to 2021 and Professor Emeritus of the Faculty, will present the topic, “FMA at the origins of other religious Institutes, in formation and in governance”.

The research falls within the horizon del Synod 2021-2023, “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”, in progress in the diocesan phase, in which inter-congregationality is a precious experience of synodality and taking into account the experience of St. John Bosco, who wove a dense network of relationships with other religious institutes, with founders and foundresses, placing himself at the school of many teachers, from whom he drew inspiration for Salesian spirituality and the educational method.

Sr. Piera Cavaglià expresses the conviction that at the origin of the FMA Institute there is a synergy between religious institutes and, in her presentation, she leads to the observation that the Salesian religious, in the short period of time in which the first community lived in Mornese (1872-1879),  a small town of Monferrato in the Province of Alessandria,  they established a relationship with four religious Institutes with different goals: the Sisters of St. Anna of Providence, who exercised a managerial and formative role in the foundation of the first community; the Missionary Daughters of Mary; the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity (Sisters of the Child Mary), that in both Mornese and Nizza, the 14 educational principles for teachers written by a Sister of this Institute were used; the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis of Toulon. In 1878, two Tertiary Sisters of Toulon, who were in the orphanage of St. Cyr-sur-Mer, asked Don Bosco to join the FMA.

In the 150th of the Foundation of the FMA Institute, it is also found that in the 150 years of history, the Salesians of Don Bosco accompanied various religious Congregations. In fact, from 1925 to 2018, 20 religious Institutes requested through the Holy See, a formative and/or governance accompaniment, for which one or more FMA were involved. From the reflection, it emerges that this experience of mutual enrichment and consolidation of the Congregations in the path of missionary synodality constitutes an effective path of reciprocity of collaboration and interaction.

In the 150th of the Foundation of the FMA Institute, si riscontra inoltre che, in 150 anni di storia, le Salesiane di Don Bosco hanno accompagnato diverse Congregazioni religiose. Dal 1925 al 2018, infatti, 20 Istituti religiosi hanno chiesto, tramite la S. Sede, un accompagnamento formativo e/o di governo, per cui sono state interessate una o più FMA. Dalla riflessione emerge come quest’esperienza di arricchimento reciproco e  di consolidamento delle Congregazioni nel cammino di sinodalità missionaria, costituisca un effettivo percorso di reciprocità di collaborazione e di interazione.

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