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The Superior General is the bond of communion and the center of unity of all the Communities and Provinces. (cf. C 116)
In her service of animation and government, she is faithful to the Salesian charism and is attentive to the urgencies of the Church and especially to the educational challenges of the new generations so that the Institute may achieve the purpose for which the Holy Spirit raised it: “as a response of salvation to the profound hopes of the young”. (C 1)
She carries out her mission of animation and government, of formation and spiritual guide in the spirit of St. John Bosco and of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, being inspired by her who was a Mother and sister among her sisters. She shares her mission with the General Council in a journey of co-responsibility at the service of the FMA Institute.
Mother personally visits the Institute on the five Continents in order to reinforce the bond of communion, strengthen the commitment of fidelity to the Constitutions, and encourage the development of the Salesian charism and of the works in response to the challenges of the Church and of the territory, in the spirit of the Salesian Preventive System.

Mother Chiara Cazzuola

She is the 10th  Successor of Mary Domenica Mazzarello.

Born in Campiglia Marittima – Livorno (Italy) in 1955.

Belonging to the Tuscan Holy Spirit Province, she experiences her first formative stages in Castelgandolfo (Rome) where, on 5 August  1975, she makes her First Religious Profession vows in the FMA Institute.

Degreed  in Literature, she is a teacher for several years and subsequently, Principal of the First and Second Degree Secondary School.

For 10 years she is the Local  and Provincial Delegate of the Salesian Youth Sports Clubs (PGS) and matures her pastoral experience as Provincial Coordinator of Youth Ministry. She is a Community Animator and then a Provincial Councilor.

In 2001, with the unification of the three Provinces of Emilia, Liguria and Tuscany, she was appointed Provincial Councilor for Formation and she made her contribution by favoring paths of communion and of spirituality in a style of simplicity, respect for people, and depth.

In 2007, she was appointed Provincial of the Emilia-Liguria-Tuscany Province of Our Lady of the Cenacle, based in La Spezia (ILS).

GC XXII of 2008 elected her as Visiting Councilor and Sr. Chiara gave her availability by affirming: “In a spirit of abandonment to the will of God and trusting in the help of the Lord, I say yes”.

In the six-year period 2008-2014, she visited some Provinces of America and Europe, gaining an experience rich in the Salesian Spirit and interculturality. To each of her sisters, she gives her boundless love for every person and human reality, smiling and with good optimism, and the ability to grasp the seeds of life and hope in everyone and in events.

She is a ‘clear’ person who is enthusiastic about the FMA vocation, has a great passion for young people in her heart, and expresses the capacity for open, serene, collaborative relationships.

In 2014, Mother nominates her as Moderator of the XXIII General Chapter and in the same Chapter she was elected Vicar General, sharing closely in this way  the service of animation and government with the Superior General. To Mother’s question after the voting: “Do you accept?”, Sr. Chiara replied with great emotion: “I trust the Lord and I entrust myself to Mary Help of Christians. For this I say YES!”.

In February 2019, Mother was appointed Moderator of the XXIV General Chapter and on 5 October 2021, in the same Chapter she is elected Mother General, the 10th Successor of Mary Domenica Mazzarello.

At this unprecedented hour in history and at the gates of the 150th anniversary of the Foundation of the FMA Institute, Mother Chiara places herself with simplicity and profound awareness at the helm of the Religious Family of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and, walking in synodal style, looks to the future with hope and trust.