Witnesses of Joy on the Outskirts of the World

Witnesses of Joy on the Outskirts of the World

Mornese (Italy). The 5th World Elective Assembly of the Past Pupils of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians took place at Mornese on August 10-17 on the theme, “Witnesses of Joy on the Outskirts of the World”.  About 240 members from the 63 Federations participated from the various nations of the 4 continents: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Philippines, France, Germany, Japan, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Italy, Mexico, Mozambique, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Thailand, East Timor, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

On August 11, there was a pilgrimage to the Mornese holy land guided by Marco Pestarino, Past Pupil of Mornese, and by Sr. Rosanna Costantini.  In the afternoon, the opening Assembly was preceded by the Eucharistic Celebration at the Valponasca, presided by Fr. Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, with the special participation of the Past Pupil Choir of Mornese.  In the evening, there was the parade of international flags, followed by the greetings and introduction to work by the Confederation President, Mrs. Paola Staiano.

On August 12, there was the pilgrimage to the Salesian holy land of Valdocco.  There was the encounter with the Rector Major, Fr. Angel Fernández, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, who presided at the Eucharist together with his secretary, Fr. Horacio López.  The Rector Major exhorted all those present: “Before being the FMA Past Pupil Association, we are the Salesian Family of Don Bosco.  The real foundation of the past pupils is found in recognizing that what they have received in their life, in a Salesian house, are the great Christian and human values.  The real definition of a past pupil does not consist in signing a book of the Association, but it is carrying in their heart and with conviction, the Christian and Salesian values they have received in a Salesian house”. 

On August 13, there was a presentation by the Confederation President, Paola Staiano, by the Confederation Delegate, Sr. Maritza Ortiz, and the financial presentation by the Confederation Treasurer, Maria Maghini.  In the afternoon, Mother Yvonne Reungoat presented the central theme of the Assembly, “Being Witnesses of Joy on the Outskirts of the World”.  “Joy comes from feeling one belongs to something and to someone.  Belonging to the Past Pupil Association reinforces this joy.  The greater the sense of belonging, the greater is the joy that comes from it.  For this reason,  one of your major preoccupations must be that of maintaining a strong sense of belonging that is not reduced to a ‘being together’ of members who only meet occasionally.  Identity without belonging leads to individualistic complacency.  Belonging without identity can become inauthentic.  In either case, you feel that this does not fill the heart with joy nor lead to change”.  After Mother’s presentation, the participants divided into work groups to present the final Motions to the Assembly.

On August 14, there was the approval of the Confederation Statutes, and in the evening, there was a Salesian recreation permeated with joy and an intercultural sharing of dances and songs.

On August 15, the Feast of the Assumption, Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda, General Councillor for the Salesian Family, guided the discernment for the first voting.  After her presentation, all the candidates for the Confederation Council were presented in Assembly, to the college of Labor and to the college of Accounts Revisers.

 

After the scrutiny, the new Confederation Council for 2015-2021 was elected.  The new Council is comprised of the following: 

President, Maria Maghini (Lombardy Holy Family); Vice President Renée Seghers (South Belgium); Treasurer Michele Cutro (South);  Secretary Rosa Maria Giordano (Sicily Catania); Councillor for Africa  Mutita Clotilde (Congo) and Ana Lourdes of Conceição  (Mozambican); Concillor for Central and North America Maria Carmen Castillon (USA); Councillor for the Bolivian nations Lourdes Magali Saavedra Espinoza (Peru); Concillor for South Cono Maria Marcela Aman (Argentina Bahìa Blanca); Councillor for Brazil Maria Inês Estima Maranhão (Recife); Councillor  for North Asia Wongpradu Manasawee  (Thailand); Councillor for Asia-India Sunita  D’souza (India Bombay); Councillor for East Europe Adriana Žele  (Slovenia-Croatia); Councillor for the European Iberian Peninsula Maria Isabel  Pérez Aguilera (Spain Madrid); Councillor for Europe Italy: Maria Teresa Vaghi (Lombardy Immaculata), Laura Pollino Piedmont Mary Help of Christians, Maria Rita Di Curzio (Rome St. Agnes), Maurizia Panzini  (Conegliano Veneto); and Olivia Furlan  (Padua).

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27/08/2015 07:22:27 - Sr.Josephine Rani Susai, INM

Congratulations to the organizers and the Past Pupils. you are doing a wonderful work. continue to bring hope to the people who live in the periphery. To God be glory!

24/08/2015 13:43:51 - LUZ MARINA RESTREPO ROBLEDO

Desde Bogotá (Colombia) , gracias a todos los miembros del Consejo anterior por tan excelente organización y felicitaciones al nuevo Consejo Confederal. Que la Virgen Auxiliadora las acompañe en tan importante labor. Así tendremos todas " Las manos en el Mundo y las raíces en el Corazón".

23/08/2015 16:25:16 - Sor Nancy Venegas Aponte

Gracias a cada una de las personas que hacen posible eventos de esta magnitud. Gracias a quienes han acogido este encargo de animación del carisma salesiano desde el exalumnado. Este año Bicentenario realmente tiene el toque de la alegría y la esperanza. Creemos en ustedes y con ustedes seguimos anunciando Cristo a las y los jóvenes.

23/08/2015 05:47:58 - Sor Alba Jimbo Córdova

Desde la frontera de Ecuador hacia el Sur, reciban todas, mi cálida felicitación por tan valioso quehacer como exalumnas/os. Abrazamos con esperanza el apoyo hasta estos lejanos lares. Les acompañamos con afecto y oración. Pensamos a nuestras Sor Cruz María Piña y Sarita Pinto muy empeñadas e dar y recibir lo mejor del evento. Las esperamos con alegría.

23/08/2015 00:32:17 - Sor Luz Consuelo Estrella

Nos alegramos mucho por el exito de la Asamblea de las/OS EXALUMNOS/AS, y por el nuevo consejo confederal, Maria de la Asuncion las y los guie a todos, para vivir esa caracteristica salesiana-mariana, Maria que sabe salir al encuentro de los mas necesitados, que esa sea la caracteristica de vivir esa dimension de entrega y servicio a los mas necesitados y con alegria,

21/08/2015 22:34:21 - sor Justa Margarita Pavetti Domínguez

¡Gozo con cada una/o de las/os participantes a tan importante asamblea! Me encanta que el nuevo Consejo Confederal tiene colores variopintos; están casi representados todos los continentes, esto es genial! Les auguramos buena conducción; que crezcan las uniones que se multipliquen, que den VIDA y VIDA EN ABUNDANCIA. ¡Cuenten con nuestras oraciones y todo nuestro afecto! ¡BENDICIONES!

20/08/2015 23:15:12 - Mª de los Ángeles Contreras, fma

¡Una felicitación calurosa a todas las elegidas! Que podamos ofrecer a la Familia salesiana, con sencillez y humildad, el aporte específico de nuestro haber sido sujetos del carisma, como exalumnas de las FMA. Madre Mazzarello las bendiga y aliente en la tarea de animación mundial.


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