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A Year Rich in Events

A Year Rich in Events The Chapter theme continues to guide us as a connecting thread during this year’s magazine.  The commitment to “be sign and expression of the foreseeing love of God” is spelled out in the view of “being witnesses” of an encounter, of listening, of gratuity, and of hope. Being Witnesses is today’s response of our charismatic identity,  being “sentinels” that watch in the night in expectation of the coming dawn.
DMA is presented with new articles on the themes of accompaniment, of ecology, of the relationship between love and justice, and it offers reflections on contemporary reality. 
 Camilla suspends her communication.  She has decided a handing on of entrustment, full of surprises.
The content of the magazine reflects a few events that mark 2011.  On the ecclesial side, in August the Church will celebrate the World Youth Day on the theme: “Rooted in and Founded on Christ, Firm in the Faith”.
“Religious freedom, the way to peace” is the slogan chosen by Benedict XVI for the World Day of Peace.
 The UN Assembly has proclaimed 2011 the International Chemical Year, but also –beginning from August 12, 2010-The International Year of Youth, while the Council of the European Union celebrates The International Year of Volunteering. 
The Rector Major’s Strenna on the theme “Come and You Will See” focuses the attention of the whole Salesian Family on the vocational dimension of ministry. Fr. Pascual Chávez reminds us:  “A criteria of authenticity for a good evangelization is its capacity to raise up vocations”.  
For us FMA  it is important to recall the centenary of the pontifical approval of the Institute. The first article of the Constitutions reminds us that we were approved on September 7, 1911 by Pius X while Fr. Paul Albera was the Rector Major and Mother Catherine Daghero was Mother General .
During this same year, the process for the cause of beatification of Mother Mazzarello was initiated and she was declared a saint 40 year later (1951).
As an Institute we collaborate in the context of the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Italian Unity through a research project carried out by the Faculty of the Science of Education “Auxilium”, on the contribution of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to the education of women in Italy between the years of 1872-2010.   

2011 will be a year that is rich in events.  There will be many opportunities to accept and increase the gift of being witnesses to the Lord Jesus.



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