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“The Secretary General is responsible for the central archives, and for the chronicles of the Institute, registers, and general statistics.” (C. 133)

Sr. Maria Luisa Nicastro

She was born in Rome on 8 December 1968. She attended catechesis and the oratory of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in   “St. Mary Mazzarello” House in Rome.

After completing   classical High School and the first year of university, she began her formative journey in the community of L’Aquila in 1988. She made her first profession in Castel Gandolfo (RM) on 5 August  1992.

She graduated in Literature at the Free University “Mary’s Assumptionin 1995. She  taught literature and Latin for some years in the First and Second Level Secondary Schools of  “Holy Family” and “St. John Bosco” Institute, where she was also the animator of the oratory and youth groups.

In 1994, she participated in the “Future Format Communication” course organized by the Social Communication Department at the Generalate. In the following years, she collaborated in the Editorial staff of the  “Da Mihi Animas” magazine.

In 2000, she participated in the course for managerial staff of the Salesian Schools of Italy. From 2004 to 2018 she was Principal, first in the First Level Secondary School of Rome “St. John Bosco Institute” and then in “Jesus Nazarene” in Rome.

Until 2016 she was in charge of the School at the provincial level, member of the National Board of Directors of the Ciofs School FMA Association, and for a three-year period, National Councilor of Fidae (Italian Federation of Educational Institutes).

Since 2015, she has collaborated in the animation team of the Gr Discernment interprovincial groups for young people aged 18 and over.

Since 2018, she has been Provincial Secretary, Provincial Communication Coordinator, and President of the Supervisory Body of the Schools of the IRO Province.

On 18 October 2021, the Mother General of the FMA Institute, Sr. Chiara Cazzuola, appointed her, with the consent of the General Council, Secretary General of the FMA Institute.

In accepting this office, in addition to expressing gratitude for the trust that has been placed in her, she asks for the help of Mary Help of Christians in order to be able to carry it out with love. She relies on the special intercession of Mother Clelia Genghini, the Institute’s first Secretary General, who used to repeat “Live the present moment and live it in love”.


The service of General Secretariat is coordinated by the Secretary General and is accomplished through various tasks:

  • Drafting the Acts and Deliberations of the General Council and of the official documents of the Institute.
  • Compiling the registers and general statistics.
  • Promoting the ongoing study of the charism and of the history of the Institute, the Secretary is responsible for the Central historical Archive with the aim of preserving, organizing, and making known through relevant documentation, the historical patrimony of the FMA Institute (Cf. Constitutions art. 133). This reflects the whole life experience and therefore includes documentary, narrative, epistolary, iconic, and multimedia sources.

The General Secretariat, in its various offices and through the service of the sisters who work there, constantly maintains the link between the General Council and the Provinces in order to transmit documents and information of common interest for the life of the FMA Institute.

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