European provinces European provinces
The first foundation of the Institute, still in Italy, was at Borgo San Martino (Alessandria) on October 8th 1874. It was the first link of a long chain. Apart from its expansion in Italy, the Institute crossed the borders into the rest of Europe in 1877, opening a community at Nice in France.
There are, today, 23 religious provinces in 22 nations.

  • AUG - AUSTRIA-GERMANY
    AUS

    AUG
    The Province of "St. Mary Mazzarello" was canonically established on March 25, 2014.  It is composed of the former Provinces of Austria and Germany.  The first Salesian Sisters arrived in the German territory in 1922 in Essen-Borbeck, in a vast industrial carbon mining zone.  The work gradually spread in southern Germany and in Austria.  The first house in Austria was established in 1928 in Jagdberg.  Up to November 3, 1954 there was a total of 28 houses, with some in the former Czechoslovakia.  It was then divided in two Provinces for better management because many young people were seeking to enter the religious life after the Second World War.  After 60 years, the two provinces of Austria and Germany underwent a journey of reunification, a process which was also spiritual in nature: "… break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you."

    Provinzialat der Don Bosco Schwestern
    Schellingstrasse 72
    D-80799 München
    Links » AUG Austria, Germany

  • BEG - BELGIUM
    BEG BEG
    The ‘Sacred Heart’ province of northern Belgium was canonically erected in 1931 with 15 communities.
    The history of the presence of the Salesians and FMA in Belgium goes back to Don Bosco.
    The SDB General Council was astounded when Don Bosco agreed to Mons. Doutreloux’s request to send the Salesians and the FMA to Liège, the city of the Eucharist. Regarding this request, on 8th December 1887, Don Bosco told his Council: ‘We cannot go wrong, it is Mary who guides us!’.
    The Salesians and the FMA arrived in Belgium in 1891.
    The Sisters of the first expedition were Sr. Maria Sampietro, Sr.Carolina Bensi and the novice Sr. Maddalena Pavese; they had lived in the communities of Mornese, at the ‘Collegio’, and at Nizza Monferrato.
    In 1903 the first community in Flanders was opened at Lippelo.
    On 24th October 1925 the communities of Belgium were transferred from the French province to the English one. On 17th November 1925 the first six Belgian missionaries left for the Congo.
    In 1969 the original province was divided into three provinces: the ‘Sacred Heart’ province – northern Belgium; the ‘Blessed Sacrament ‘ province – southern Belgium; ‘Our Lady of Africa’ province - central Africa.
    Today in northern Belgium there are 11 communities.
    Following in the footsteps of Don Bosco and Mary Domenica Mazzarello, the FMA are captivated by their project of educating children and young people and are fired with the passion of Da mihi animas.
    To this end they carry out their missions in day schools, boarding schools, summer camps, youth centres, parish activities, social works for children at risk and for their families.
    Through the VIDES association they offer young people the experience of volunteering abroard.

    Provincialaat Zusters
    Van Don Bosco
    Brusselstraat, 289
    B-1702 GROOT-BIJGAARDEN
    Links » BEG Belgium
  • CEL - CZECH REP.-LITHUANIA
    CEL CEL
    The province of ‘Mary Immaculate’ in the Czech Republic and Lithuania was canonically erected on August 5, 2009.
    However, the presence of the Sisters dates back to 1980.
    Due to the political situation of the nation, the beginnings required that their presence be underground.
    The Salesians undertook the responsibility for the formation of the first Sisters.
    After 1990 the Sisters were allowed to set up their communities and to start living in common.

    Premyšlenská 6
    18200 PRAHA 8 – Kobylisy
    (Rep. Ceca)
    Links » CEL Czech Rep.
  • EEG - EAST EUROPE-BELARUS, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, GEORGIA
    EEG EEG
    The pre-province of the ‘Mother of God’ in Eastern Europe, was canonically erected on August 24 2003.
    The presence of the Salesian Sisters was requested by the Salesians and the Apostolic Nunciature in Georgia – Tblisi.
    Their main work is parish catechesis, oratory and teaching in state schools.

    Poslannikov pier. 3 str. 5 kv. 1
    105005 MOSKVA
    (Russia)
    Links » EEG East Europe-Georgia
  • FRB - FRANCE-SOUTHERN BELGIUM - TUNISIA
    FRC FRB

    On the 5th of August  2015, the new Province of Our Lady of the Nations of France-South Belgium-Tunisia was born at Valpré, Lione. 

    The new reality is characterized by multi-ethnicity, and the sisters come from 10 different nationalities.  The title of Our Lady of the Nations traces the journey well.

    Maritime Nizza, the house opened by Don Bosco in 1876, received three FMA sent from Italy in 1877.  They came to render domestic service to the Salesians.  Later on, the sisters opened an oratory for girls.  Soon after, two houses were opened at La Navarre in 1878 and at Saint-Cyr in 1880.  Before sending the sisters, Mother Mazzarello visited La Navarre and St. Cyr.

    She sent Sr. Catherine Daghero as Superior to Saint-Cyr, who also recorded the memory of Mother Mazzarello’s 40 days of illness in 1881.  Before the end of the 1800’s, numerous works – schools, youth centres – were opened in Northern France at Guineas, Lille, Paris and in North Africa in Algeria and Tunisia.  In 1947, France divided into two Provinces that were again joined in 1993, as the Province of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Other foundations were opened in Marseilles; among them was Villa Pastré, a property Don Bosco had seen in a dream.

    The presence of the FMA in Belgium goes back to November 21, 1891.  The first six sisters arrived at Liege from Italy, together with the Salesians in response to a request of Bishop Doutreloux to found an orphanage.  The sisters worked in the kitchen and in the laundry of the Salesians and opened an oratory for girls.  Then other houses, schools, and social works were started.

    Due to the languages spoken in the Nation, French and Flemish, it was necessary to form a new Province.  The Province of Most Blessed Sacrament of South Belgium was canonically erected on November 27, 1969, with 10 houses and 116 sisters.

    On November 27, 1969, at the close of GC XV, the Province of South Belgium – Most Blessed Sacrament was erected with 10 houses and 116 sisters.  This re-dimensioned the existing Province that had 24 houses in Belgium, 1 in Holland, and 4 in the Belgian Congo. 

    Two Provinces were formed, one in the Congo and the other in South Belgium of the French language.

    Maison provinciale
    5 et 7, Passage de la Providence
    75020 PARIS
    Link » FRB France, South Belgium, Tunisia

  • GBR - G. BRITAIN
    GBR GBR
    The Province of ‘St Thomas of Canterbury’ in Great Britain, was canonically erected on May 16 1946.
    The presence of the Sisters in Great Britain, was requested by the Salesians in Battersea, a suburb of London, by the bishop, Mons.Bourne who wanted to have the Sisters in his diocese.
    The first 12 Sisters arrived on April 7, 1902.
    They started by working for the Salesians and their boys in Battersea.
    They also ran the parish oratory of that largely populated area.
    At the request of the same Mons. Bourne, on March 14 1903, the Sisters arrived in Chertsey where, besides their ministry to the Catholic population, they opened a small boarding school for children and established a noviciate where they welcomed the first English Postulants.

    13 Streatham Common North,
    LONDON SW 16 3HG
    (England)
    Links » GBR G. Britain
  • ILO - ITALY-Lombardy, SWITZERLAND
    ILO ILO
    The Lombard province of ‘The Holy Family’ is the result of the unification of the previous three Lombard provinces and was canonically erected on 8th September 2003.
    It was the conclusion of the first stage in the restructuring of the Italian provinces.
    At the meoment there are 47 communities distributed throughout most of Lombardy, particularly in the archdiocese of Milan, with two in Switzerland. They are engaged in education in schools of all levels, including vocational training ones.
    They collaborate in parish ministry with oratories and catechesis; they welcome university students in two hostels and offer their assistance as educators in a ‘family home’ for children. The first community in Lombardy was at Castano Primo, in the province of Milan, opened in 1891.
    Until 1903 the other four communities in Lombardy were part of the Piedmontese province. In 1904 the Lombard pre-province of St.Charles Borromeo was established with Sr. Clelia Guglielminotti as its first superior.
    In 1908, by a decree of 7th February, the Lombard province of ‘The Holy Family’ was canonically erected. It also embraced the communities in the Veneto and Emilia regions.
    In general the communities were opened following requests made by the ecclesiastical authorities or the local civil adminstration.
    The works included assistance in hostels for factory girls, the moral, civic and intellectual formation of young women, teaching catechism in the parishes, the education of children in kindergartens, taking charge of the domestic arrangements in Salesian institutes and social work.
    The first Provincial was Sr. Teresa Pentore.
    In 1923 the communities of the Veneto and Emilia regions were detached while development continued in the provinces of Varese, Lecco and Milan.
    In 1945 the Lombard province of ‘Our Lady of the Holy Mountain’ was set up centred on Varese and the first Provincial was Mother Angela Chiarini.
    In the early 1950s in Lombardy, a region of hard-working people imbued with great faith, at Castano Primo and Paullo the two miracles were obtained that lead to Mother Mazzarello’s canonization in 1951.
    In 1971 the third Lombard province, ‘Mary Immaculate’, was formed with Sr Marinella Castagno as its first Provincial.
    The need to recapture the significance of the FMA presence has required some indispensable restructuring which has resulted once again in the formation of one single province.

    Casa Immacolata Concezione
    Via Timavo, 14
    20124 MILANO (MI)
    Links » ILO Italy
  • ILS - ITALY-Emilia, Ligure, Tuscany
    ILS ILS
    The province of ‘Our Lady of the Cenacle’ in Emilia – Liguria and Tuscany, was canonically erected on September 8, 2001.
    At the time of unification of the three provinces there were 40 communities and 525 Sisters.
    The province came into being as a result of the restructuring of provinces taking place in Italy since 1996. By it the three provinces of Emilia, Liguria and Tuscany were united.
    The journey of re-dimensioning which has involved the entire provincial community has led to the closure or reduction of some works but also to the renewal of others to respond better to current educational and pastoral needs.
    The works at present are: scholastic complexes with kindergartens- primary- middle and secondary schools; parish ministry; catechetics; vocational training centres; a hostel for young workers and two university hostels; a centre for women at risk; a regional project for youth ministry. 2001.

    Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice
    Viale Giovanni Amendola, 2
    19121 LA SPEZIA SP
    Links » ILS Italy
  • IMR - ITALY-Meridionale, ALBANIA, MALTA
    IMR IMR
    The province of ‘Our Lady of Good Counsel’ in southern Italy, was canonically erected on September 7, through the amalgamation of 2 provinces, namely, those of, ‘Our Lady of the Rosary’ (1923) with Naples-Vomero as its provincial centre, and ‘Sr Teresa Valsè’, with Taranto as its provincial centre.
    This fusion was part of the plan for the restructuring of all the Italian provinces.
    In this province, the Sisters are committed to pre-schools, elementary, middle and senior schools (one of which specializes in languages and vocational studies), oratories, youth centres, catechesis, hostels, university hostel, summer camps, school camps and vocational training centres.
    The presence of the Sisters in southern Italy dates back to 1905, when in Naples-Vomero, the first Sisters were initially engaged in religious education and later set up a private school, kindergarten and sewing classes.

    Istituto Femminile
    S. Giovanni Bosco
    Via Paladino, 20
    80138 NAPOLI NA
    Links » IMR Italy
  • IPI - ITALY-Piedmont
    IPI IPI
    The province of’ ‘Mary Help of Christians’ in Piedmont, Italy, was canonically erected on September 8, 2003, through the amalgamation of the 3 Provinces of Piedmont, namely, those of ‘St John Bosco’ (Alessandria/Novara), ‘Mary Help of Christians’ (Turin “Mary Help of Christians/Nizza), and ‘Mother Mazzarello’ (Vercelli).
    This fusion was part of the plan to re-vitalize our charism by the restructuring of all Italian provinces.
    In this province, the Sisters are committed to pre-schools, elementary, middle & senior schools, after-school care, vocational training centres, oratories, missionary workshops, hostel, spirituality centre, youth centres holiday homes, and other works.
    The newly constituted province of “Mary Help of Christians” consists of 72 Houses and 1282 Sisters.

    Casa Maria Ausiliatrice
    Piazza Maria Ausiliatrice, 35
    10152 TORINO TO
    Links » IPI Italia Piemontese
  • IRL - IRELAND
    IRL IRL
    The Irish province of ‘Our Lady Queen of Ireland’, was canonically erected on July 13, 1970.
    The Sisters had been in Ireland since 1920, at the request of the bishop of Limerick, Mons. Dennis Halinan.
    The first community of 6 Sisters, had come from England to set up an evening school for girls.
    Initially the communities in Ireland belonged to the British Province.
    However, with the increase of Sisters, the Irish Province was constituted.

    203 Lower Kilmacud Road,
    Stillorgan,
    Co. DUBLIN
    Links » IRL Ireland
  • IRO - ITALY-Rome
    IRO IRO
    The province of ‘St John Bosco’ in Rome, Italy, was canonically erected on August 5 2003 consisting of the fusion of the two Roman Provinces of ‘St Cecilia’ (canonically erected on February 7, 1908) and ‘St Agnes’ (canonically erected on September 24 1971).
    The presence of the Sisters in Rome, dates back to 1891. At that time the Salesian Rector Major, Fr Michael Rua, had written to the Holy Father Pope Leo XIII requesting his blessing on the first Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) who were to arrive in Rome and were to reside close to the Basilica of the “Sacred Heart”.
    On December 5 1891, the first 7 Sisters left Nizza Monferrato, and settled in Villino Quagliotti in Via Magenta.
    They began their work by taking charge of the laundry and linen-room of the Salesian community and teaching catechism in the parish. In order to devote themselves better to young people and other apostolic work, in 1894 they moved to the Villino Cantoni at Via Marghera, 65.

    Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice
    Delle Salesiane di Don Bosco
    Via Marghera, 59
    00185 ROMA RM
    Links » IRO Italy
  • ISI - ITALY-Sicily
    ISI ISI
    The Province of ‘Mother Maddalena Morano’ in Sicily, Italy, was canonically erected on September 13 2003, as a result of the unification of the two Sicilian provinces.
    The newly constituted province has 47 Houses and 820 Sisters, and was part of the plan for the re-structuring of all Italian provinces, begun in 1997.
    The presence of the Sisters in Sicily, dates back to 1880 when Mother Mazzarello sent the first 3 Sisters to Catania to take charge of the Institute founded by Duchess Carcaci.
    This foundation was followed by another in Bronte on October 15 that same year, where another group of Sisters and 2 novices took charge of the college for girls, of an elementary school, sewing classes and oratory.
    The following year, in 1881, Mother Maddalena Morano together with 2 professed Sisters and a novice, took over the running of what was known as ‘Conservatorio delle Vergini’. The number of presences having increased, a province was canonically erected in 1908.
    Expansion required the setting up of a second province of ‘Madonna della Lettera’ with its proviincial centre in Messina.
    A third province was erected in 1970 under the patronage of ‘Mother Morano’ with its provincial centre in Palermo. Later the province ‘Madonna della Lettera’ (ME)was suppressed, leaving Sicily with the provinces of ‘St Joseph’ and ‘Mother Morano’ that were united to form one province in 2003.

    Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice
    Via Caronda, 224
    95128 CATANIA CT
    Links » ISI Italy
  • ITV - ITALY-Triveneta, HUNGARY
    ITV ITV
    The province of “Mary Domenica Mazzarello” in Trivenice, Italy, was canonically erected on September 13, 2003, consisting of the fusion of the province “” Mary Queen” in Conegliano, and that of the “Guardian Angels”, in Padua.
    This fusion was part of a Plan for the re-structuring of all Italian provinces.
    With its Provincial centre at Conegliano, the province of “St Mary Mazzarello” now consists of 47 communities, 3 of which are in Hungary, and 548 Sisters.
    Their main Work includes a crèche, pre-school, elementary, middle and senior schools, professional training courses, after-school care, parish ministry, oratories and youth centres, a shelter for minors at risk and university hostels.
    The presence of the Sisters in the region of Venice, dates back to the first years of the Institute, when the first community was set up in Padua.
    In 1908 the first province of Lombardy-Venice-Emilia was formed under the patronage of the “Holy Family”. Due to the increase in vocations to the Institute and communities, the province of Venice-Emilia “Guardian Angels”, was erected with its provincial centre at Conegliano, Veneto.
    In 1925 the provincial centre was transferred to Padua. In 1963, the Venetian province with 62 communities and 673 Sisters and consisting of the vast territory from Verona, Trieste to Trentino, included a community in Yugoslavia and Sisters living underground in Hungary.
    This reality called for the need to set up the Venetian province of “Mary Queen” with its provincial centre at Conegliano.

    Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice
    Riviera S. Benedetto, 88
    35139 PADOVA PD
    Links » ITV Italy
  • PLA - POLAND-Wroclaw
    PLA PLA
    The province of ‘Mary Help of Christians’ in Poland, was canonically erected on May 16, 1946.
    The first Sisters arrived at Rózanystok, Poland in 1922, at the request of Fr Pietro Tirone sdb.
    Mother Catherine Daghero sent 6 Sisters led by the servant of God, Mother Laura Meozzi, together with Sr Maria Mazzoli and Sr Francisca Barucco and 3 Polish Sisters, Sr Anna Juzek, who had entered in France, Sr Anna Walenga and Sr Anna Cisowska who had been to Turin to visit their Salesian brothers and had decided to stay there to enter the Institute.
    This was the opportunity for these Polish Sisters to return to their homeland and to establish the Institute in their country.
    Initially, the Sisters took charge of 200 children, orphans of the First World War. Then followed new foundations consisting of elementary, secondary and senior schools, vocational training centres, hostels, kindergartens and oratories.
    The first Polish presences were under the direct jurisdiction of Mother General and in 1931, the Polish pre-province of ‘Mary Help of Christians’ was erected, followed by its canonical erection as a province, in 1946, with 83 Sisters and 10 Communities.

    Siostry Salezjanki,
    ul. Sw. Jadwigi 11
    50-266 WROCLAW
    Links » PLA Polonia
  • PLJ - POLAND-Lomianki
    PLJ PLJ
    The Polish province of ‘Our Lady of Jasna Góra’, consisting of 20 Communities, was canonically erected on August 5, 1982.
    The birth of this province was determined by the need to facilitate animation and communication among the communities given the development and the extension of the existing province.
    The large distances and the state of war, at that time, impeded the mobility of the Provincial and the coordination of the province. So it was decided to divide the existing province and to create a second one.
    Hence, another province was erected under the patronage of ‘Our Lady of Jasna Góra’, with its provincial centre at Warsaw.
    The main work the Sisters undertook was that of evangelization through catechesis, formative groups and pre-schools.

    Siostry Salezjanki
    Ul. Warszawska 152
    05-092 LOMIANKI
    Links » PLJ Polonia
  • POR - PORTUGAL
    POR POR
    The province of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’, in Portugal, was canonically erected on November 3, 1954.
    The Sisters arrived in Portugal in 1940 at the request of the archbishop of Évora, D. Manuel Mendes da Conceição Santos (Servant of God).
    The Salesian Sisters began their mission with the education of young orphans and children at risk.
    They also offered vocationall training and catechesis to young people in the area.
    Between 1947 and 1952, other communities were established.
    In 1952 the government asked for the Salesian charism be taken to Mozambique. Both Sisters and Salesians responded by setting out for this other nation.
    Until 1954, the presence in Portugal had depended on Spain.
    The Portuguese province was then canonically erected with 9 communities in Portugal and 1 in Mozambique.

    Istituto Maria Auxiliadora
    Av. Sra do Monte da Saúde, 174
    Monte Estoril
    2765-452 ESTORIL
    Links » POR Portugal
  • RCG - ITALY-Generalate
    SSE RCG

    The first central headquarters of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians was that of Mornese–the Collegio, in the province in Alexandria, where Don Bosco founded the institute in 1872, infusing the strength for expansion.
    In 1879 the Generalate was transferred to Nizza Monferrato, where it remained for 50 years.
    The year of the beatification of Don Bosco, 1929, marked the era of the third stage, that of Turin, near the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, in the area of Valdocco.
    At the end of the 1960s, the demands of the times drive the transfer of the the Generalate to Rome. The definitive transfer of the whole General Council from the center in Turin to Rome took effect on October 11 1969, feast of the Divine Maternity. On the same date the religious community was constituted, to which assignments of collaboration were entrusted to the varied services, in addition to a notable apostolic activity in the district that was growing in the area.
    From September 8, 1999, with decree of June 24, 1999 of Mother Antonia Colombo, the Generalate passed to the direct dependence on the Mother General.

    Istituto Internazionale
    Maria Ausiliatrice

    Via dell'Ateneo Salesiano, 81
    00139 ROMA

  • RMA - ITALY-Auxilium Rome
    RMARMA

    The  RMA reality is constituted by the 5 communities of Mother Angela Vespa (1977), Sr.Teresa Valsé Pantellini (1988), Mother Ersilia Canta (1990), Paul VI (2009), Maria D. Mazzarello (2015) that depend directly on Mother General, each with its own statutes.  They are  characterized by the internationality of the country of origin of the Sisters called to a journey of cultural formation or who carry out a mission of service for the community.
    On the horizon of the life of the Institute and of the Church, through a cultural formation in the area of the science of education, the communities participate in the mission of the Institute in dynamic fidelity to the charism.
    The communities carry out their mission through:

    • the management, organization and animation of their own work, the Pontifical Faculty of the Science of Education “Auxilium” (study, scientific research and university level teaching, various services);
    • community experience through the educational charism and  characterized by the international aspects, journeying toward interculturality;
    • collaboration in the initiatives of the FMA Institute and in the study/deepening of themes relative to the charism, in particular to the spirituality of the Institute;
    • service to the universal Church, the territory, and to the local Church.
    Pontificia Facoltà di Scienze dell'Educazione "Auxilium"
    Via Cremolino, 141
    00166 ROMA
  • SBA - SPAIN-Barcelona
    SBA SBA
    The province of ‘Our Lady of the Pilar’ in Barcelona, Spain, was canonically erected on February 7 1908.
    The Sisters first settled in Barcelona at the express request of Don Bosco who, during his visit to the Salesians in 1886, communicated to the Salesians who were already, there, his ardent desire that this might become a reality.
    While strolling around the property of the Salesians, the saint declared that the Sisters would surely arrive after overcoming various difficulties. Given the insistence of don Bosco, the first 4 Sisters arrived in Barcelona in October that year.
    Until July 27 1942, there was only one province.
    With the expansion of their mission, however, and the increase of vocations, 3 provinces were set up with provincial centres in Barcelona, Seville and Madrid.
    The various works of the Sisters started in densely populated areas where they opened sewing classes for children and young girls who belonged to the working class, together with festive oratories, schools and in some cases also boarding schools, as required.

    Casa Provincial Ntra. Sra. de Montserrat
    Paseo de san Juan Bosco, 24
    08017 BARCELONA
    Links » SBA Spain
  • SLC - SLOVENIA - CROATIA
    SLC SLC
    The province of Slovenia-Croatia, under the patronage of ‘St Mary of Brezje’ was canonically erected on August 24, 1993.
    The Sisters’ presence in this nation dated back to 1936, when the first 4 Slovenian Sisters returned from Italy to set up the first community at Ljubljana, Slovenia, which then formed part of Yugoslavia.
    There were very poor beginnings, but a great amount of apostolic zeal that led them to waste no time in starting an oratory, a pre-school and boarding facilities for students.
    In 1940 the first community was established in Croatian territory, for domestic help to the Salesians.

    Rakovniška 21
    1000 LJUBLJANA
    (Slovenia)
    Links » SLC Slovenia - Croatia
  • SLE - SPAIN-León
    SLE SLE
    The province of ‘Our Lady of the Way’ in León, Spain, was erected in 1993.
    It was when the province of Madrid ‘St Teresa’ had expanded to such an extent that it became necessary to set up yet another province to facilitate animation.
    The province was placed under the patronage of ‘Our Lady of the Way’ with its provincial centre in León.
    There were initially 188 Sisters in 16 communities working in schools, a house of Spirituality, a community for the care of the sick and elderly, a hostel for students, parish ministry and social promotion.

    Casa Provincial Virgen del Camino
    C/ San Juan Bosco, 20
    24009 LEÓN
    Links » SLE Spain
  • SLK - SLOVAKIA
    SLK SLK
    The province of “St John Bosco in Slovakia was canonically erected on May 13, 2000.
    The first Sisters from Slovakia, who had received their formation in Italy, returned to their homeland in 1940, hoping to be able to nurture the human and Christian growth of young people.
    In 1950 the 3 existing communities were suppressed by the communist régime, and the Sisters were taken away to forced labour camps until 1968.
    They lived underground until political changes permitted otherwise, in 1989.
    The initial activities the Sisters were engaged in, other than domestic service to the Salesians, were a festive and daily oratory and religious education in elementary state schools.
    A boarding school was set up for girls and it was also possible to start the period of postulancy and the noviciate for the new vocations.
    In 1991 the number of Sisters made it possible to erect a pre-province which 9 years later, developed into a province.

    Inštitút Dcér Márie Pomocnice
    Kremnická 17
    851 01 BRATISLAVA
    (Slovacchia)
    Links » SLK Slovakia
  • SMA - SPAIN-Madrid
    SMA SMA
    The province of ‘St Teresa’ in Madrid, Spain, was canonically erected on July 27 1942.
    The Sisters arrived there at the request of the countess of Floridablanza, to cater for he working class in the suburb of Bellas Vistas.
    The apostolic nuncio, mons.Federico Ragonesi, not only supported her but also intervened to help directly.
    On November 4 1920 the first Sisters arrived from Seville.

    Casa Provincial María Auxiliadora
    C/ Villaamil, 18
    28039 MADRID
    Links » SMA Spain
  • SSE - SPAIN-Seville
    SSE SSE
    The province of ‘Mary Help of Christians’ in Seville, Spain, was canonically erected on July 27 1942.
    Until that year there had been only one province in Spain, but with the rapid increase of communities, it became necessary to divide the province into 3: one in the north ‘Our Lady of the Pilar’; another at the centre: ‘St Teresa of Jesus’ and another to the south: ‘Mary Help of Christians’ with Seville as its provincial centre.
    The first Provincial was Sr Maria Valle. Initially, the province had 12 Communities with various works, such as: elementary schools, festive oratory, boarding schools, parish catechesis, sewing classes, adult education, youth centres and Associations of Co-operators and Past Pupils.
    The first community set up in this region was that of Valverde del Camino, in the province of Huelva, where the archpriest Fr José Manuel Vizcaino and the benefactress Manuela Macías assisted the Sisters until the year 1889.
    The five Sisters who were to initiate this work, arrived on December 11,1893, and received a great welcome from the people. They soon opened a school, a small boarding school, sewing classes and a festive oratory.

    Casa Inspectorial
    Espinosa y Cárcel, 26
    Nervión
    41005 SEVILLA
    Links » SSE Spain

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