29 Mistress of Novices from the various parts of the world gathered at the Generalate of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians from October 3 -16 , 2016 to have an in depth study of the Constitutions with the theme: “The Constitutions , a plan of life that Forms and Transforms.” Mother General Sr. Yvonne Reungoat in her inaugural address exhorted the participants in the following words: “Your encounter is of utmost importance for the present and for the future of the Institute : you are entrusted with the FMA of tomorrow ,those who will continue to keep alive and make the charism real, to fulfil the mission for which Mary Help of Christians desired it in the style of Mornese, to be the living stones of the monument of gratitude to her , as Don Bosco wanted.”
We lived an experience together, an experience of the church, the Institute and of communion. Our hearts exults with gratitude, when with surprise and wonder we became aware that it is the same Lord who counts on us, on each of us, just as we are with our name and surname; is the one who asks us to accompany and begin the religious life of the young people who listen to his call , who recognize a great passion for Him and for the young so they joyfully assume the identity of the Daughter of Mary help of Christians.
The “ workshop – encounter ”of research, comparison, processing and working created a platform where each of us experienced the cultural richness, giving a direction not just to return to the Constitutions but go to the root of a perennial vitality, to the source of fidelity with the same passion of Don Bosco and mother Mazzarello.
The joy of the encounter accompanies us as we leave the portals of our Institute happy to be able to be at the side of the novices with joy until our way of thinking, feeling, speaking, acting and the sentiments of Jesus become our own .
Sr. Rosalia T.