Mother visits Byelorussia and Russia

(Byelorussia). On September 27 to October 6, 2017, the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Mother Yvonne Reungoat, visited Byelorussia and Russia for the first time in Mother of God Preprovince of East Europe and Georgia (EEG).

At her arrival on September 27, Mother was received at the airport with a fraternal greeting by the Salesian Bishop, Msgr. Aleksander Yasheusky, by the Provincial, Sr. Gabriela Rohde, by the Salesian Delegate Fr. Viktor Haidukevich, and by the FMA who work in the territory.

They went to Baravlany where the Salesian community and the parish of Mary Help of Christians are located and where the FMA carry out their educative and evangelizing mission. After the joyous greeting of the young people dressed in their national costumes, they presented the beauty of their country and received Mother Yvonne with the symbols of bread and salt. All those present participated in the Eucharistic celebration presided by the Salesian Bishop. Msgr. Aleksander Yasheusky who invited everyone to thank the Lord for Mother’s presence and for the 25 years of presence of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Byelorussia.

At the conclusion of the celebration, Mother addressed her greeting and gratitude for her welcome, recalling the place dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, being a grand Family, and wished for all to be witnesses in daily life of joy and of love.

In the evening there was a time of fraternity and sharing with Mother, the FMA, and the Salesian confreres.

On September 30, Mother Yvonne met with the FMA community at Minsk and then with that of the Salesians. In the afternoon at the Oratory, she met the Salesian Cooperators and their Aspirants with whom she emphasized their “being aware of the specific vocation in the Salesian Family and knowing how to transmit the Salesian charism to others, cultivating a deep relationship with Jesus”. She then dialoged with the Oratory animators, encouraging them to continue their service in the Church and in the Oratory, giving others their time and taking care of their Christian and Salesian formation, attending to their personal encounter with Jesus, and recognizing His presence in their life.

In her Good Night to the FMA, Mother encouraged them to look to the future and to take care of vocational Pastoral, welcoming the girls who ask to live an experience in community.

On October 1, Mother met with the Apostolic Nunzio of Byelorussia Msgr. Gábor Pintér, in the Sisters’ house at Minsk, and participated in the Parish Eucharist presided by Cardinal Jozef De Kesel of Belgium, present for the plenary meeting of the Bishops of Europe. She greeted the young people of the Oratory who had begun their oratory activities.

Mother will continue her animation visit, meeting with the FMA of the communities of St. Mary D. Mazzarello and Mary Help of Christians, the members of the Preprovince Council, of the Salesian Family, ecclesiastical authorities, and the young at the Curia. Mother Yvonne returns to Rome on October 6, 2017.

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