Mother visits the Peace Museum - MAMT
Naples (Italy). The Superior General of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Mother Yvonne Reungoat, on 9 to 14 November 2017 is visiting the Communities of Southern Italy in Our Lady of Good Counsel Province (IMR). On Thursday, November 9th, during the visit to the local Museum of Naples – MAMT, she received the Mediterranean Peace Prize 2017 and the celebrations for the inauguration of Mother Mazzarello room took place in her presence and the collocation of the Saint’s Reliquary in Don Bosco Chapel, inaugurated in June 2017, in the presence of the Salesian Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime.
Mother Yvonne was received at the Peace Museum by the Mediterranean Foundation President Dr. Michele Capasso, by the Provincial Sr. Maria Rosaria Tagliaferri, and by the FMA and young people coming from southern Italy, from Albania, and from Malta (IMR).
The first moment was the awarding to Mother Yvonne Reungoat, the 2017 MEDITERRANEAN PEACE PRIZE. After a short presentation of the Museum and of the mission of the Salesian Family and of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the world, Mother was given the Peace Totem, a work of the sculptor Mario Molinari. The recognition was given by President Michele Capasso, by the Director, Maria Pia Balducci Molinari, and by Fallou, the young representative of the migrants.
Then there was the solemn ceremony of the blessing of the Room of the Peace Museum – MAMT, dedicated to St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, co-foundress of the FMA. Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB, presided over the ceremony. Mother Yvonne expressed her appreciation to President Capasso and the Mediterranean Foundation for its creative spirit and its deep spirituality insofar as Mother Mazzarello Room, together with Don Bosco Room, complete the presence of the entire Salesian Family in the Peace Museum, where there will be videos, testimonies, and documents of the FMA Institute present in 93 Countries of the world.
A short celebratory moment took place in Don Bosco Chapel with prayer evocative of the spirit of Mornese of the origins with the ceremony of the deposition of the Reliquary of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, founder of the FMA, on the part of Mother Yvonne who again expressed her gratitude and joy for the meaningful work in favor of inter-religious dialog and peace. Accompanying the ritual of the ceremony was a time of intense spirituality with the FMA, amid hymns and prayers.
Mother said: “Don Bosco and M. Mazzarello understood that the regeneration of society begins with the young, in the name of Jesus; faith in Him, trust, love led the founder of this great family to be for the Church, for society, for the world. I pray that many young people may visit this place and live an experience that transforms their life, to radiate the message of love and peace, of joy; that they can be convinced that starting from the heart of each person, can be found the strength to transform the world because Jesus is present. I wish that this place of such great significance because the whole world is here, may be frequented by many young people of the south, and not only because it is a place of encounter for religions, cultures, and peoples. I pray that it may be a communicator of this beautiful world and begin again with new impetus and creative dynamism”,
M. Yvonne then visited the MUSEUM. Very touching was the visit to the sections dedicated to ‘Molinari, sculptor of color’, ‘Voice of the Migrants’, ‘Mother Teresa of Calcutta’, ‘Don Diana’, “Raffaele Capasso” and the one dedicated to women, by an Arab artist entitled ‘Tearing the Veils’. Also suggestive was the visit in the Mosque, in the Synagogue, and in the rooms dedicated to St. John Paul II and St. Pio da Pietrelcina.
Here, Mother met with the young people of some FMA schools, dialoging with them and offering an anchor as a gift, symbol of a future of peace and cooperation.
Mother proceeded with her visit and went to Torre Annunziata, in the Spirituality House of Villa Tiberias where she participated in the Eucharistic celebration presided by the Salesian Provincial, Fr. Angelo Santorsola. She then met with the community animators and the sisters of the Provincial Council.
On the afternoon of November 10th, in Mother Mazzarello House in the Cuparella zone, one of the poorest peripheries of the torrese area, Mother met the educating communities, laity, religious, members of the Salesian Family, and the young people of the houses of the Campania and Basilicata Regions for a fraternal encounter of dialog-sharing and celebration together.
She will continue the encounters with the Regions of Puglia and of Calabria, Italy.
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