Between the memory of the past and the dream of the future - 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Generalate of the FMA

Rome (Italy). 11 October 1969 – 11 October 2019. Fifty years have passed since the opening of the House of the Generalate, the community which – as the Salesian Bishop Msgr. Enrico Covolo emphasized in his introduction as he presided over the solemn Eucharistic Celebration of thanksgiving to God for this Jubilee – houses the General Council and a community formed of many FMA who daily offer their study and work for the Institute. There are many stories, lives, programs, prayers, and hopes of sisters from all over the world, sign and prophecy of communion, that are part of the one sign of love that has as its center the mandate of Mary to Main: “I entrust them to you”.

To celebrate an anniversary means bringing to the memory of the heart and affections, a reality that is still able to be light for our paths. For this reason at the beginning of the celebration, together with the first and latest edition of the house chronicle that contains the history of the community which has always had as its beacon the mission at the service of the young people of the whole world, there were also brought before the altar the general ‘elenco’ of all the FMA and seeds to represent all the activities that are carried out in our communities, signs of hope for all of humanity, and flowers, gift of nature that generates beauty and gratitude.

Here are some historical notes that testify to the event:

Towards the end of 1968, while the construction was being completed, the House opened (December 10) to welcome the first participants in the Special General Chapter called for at the beginning of 1969. During the Chapter work, Mother and the General Council, with a decision ratified by the same Chapter, agreed to allocate the new building to the seat of the General Council and of the central offices of the Institute; this to allow an adequate organizational arrangement in view of the activities that the renewal in progress provided for. The approval of the Holy See was obtained on June 25, with a letter from Cardinal Hildebrand Antoniutti, Prefect of the Congregation for Religious, to the Superior General M. Ersilia Canta. These are his words: "We willingly consent to this proposal, motivated by the gratifying development of this Institute and also by the opportunity for greater closeness to the See of the Vicar of Christ". The definitive transfer of the entire General Council from the Turin office to that of Rome - Via Ateneo Salesiano, 81 - took place on 11 October 1969, the feast of the Motherhood of Mary Most Holy. On the same date the religious community was formed, to which were assigned tasks of collaboration in the various services, in addition to an incipient apostolic activity in the district that was rising in the area.

In his homily Msgr. Dal Covolo expressed gratitude for what he received from the Community in the year in which he was the Chaplain of the Generalate (between 1987 and 1988) and then shared the reasons for celebrating a Jubilee. To let ourselves be guided by the Word of God and with gratitude for the many FMA who lived and made possible an ordinary, anonymous path of sanctity, whose fruits are gathered today, cultivating the attitudes of the ‘Miserere and the Magnificat’. "Miserere nostri Domine", for all the omissions concerning work and the community and "Magnificat anima mea Dominum", because the Kingdom of God is already present in the sisters present in this house, or who inhabited it - who for a short time, who for much longer - in these years.

The community celebrated this important event of the historical date of its foundation, awaiting the commemorative moment that will be celebrated on December 7th and 8th.

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17/10/2019 15:32:14 - Kathleen Taylor

I rejoice with you on the 50 years of presence in this house. I give thanks for the great good that has been done there and especially for the home it has been for so many sisters, Kathleen Taylor fma

13/10/2019 22:09:00 - Sor Maria Rodriguez

Con gran alegría me uno a todas las hermanas de la casa Generalicia, especialmente a la queridísima Madre Yvonne y a todas las Superioras pasadas, todas de santa memoria, para dar gracias a Dios por los gloriosos 50 años de esta santa Casa. Canto el Magnificat por todo el bien recibido de las Hermanas y Superioras que animaron cada uno de los ministerios y han hecho de esta morada: LA CASA DEL AMOR DE DIOS, para todas las que hemos tenido la dicha de vivir en ella aunque sea por algunos días, como yo.

13/10/2019 21:10:47 - sr. Enrica Rosanna

Carissime Supeiore e Sorelle della casa generalizia, ho ricevuto l'invito per partecipare ai festeggiamenti del 50° di fondazione della Casa. Poiché non potrò essere presente, mi unisco ai fsteggiamenjti con la preghiera.. La Casa Generalizia è un po' la mia casa ... In questi 50 anni ho ricevuto molto dalle sorelle della comunità, di cui molte già in Paradiso. Esse hanno vissuto con me i momenti belli e dolorosi della mia vita e mi hanno accompagnato nella mia crescita vocazionale salesiana. Quanti nomi potrei citare!!! Vivo questa commemorazione con il cuore colmo di gratitudine al Signore per quanto ha operato in tante sorelle, a partire dalle Superiore: Madre Ersilia, Madre Marinella, Madre Antonia, Madre Yvonne. A tutte, grazie, grazie. Anche alle sorelle di oggi, che mi accolgono sempre con generosità e gioia, grazie. Andiamo avanti, sorelle, aiutandoci vicendevolmente a crescere nella nostra bella vocazione di FMA. Maria Ausiliatrice è con noi e ci protegge.... E anche il grande S. Paolo VI ci accompagna. Vi voglio bene. Pregate per me e state certe del mio ricordo per ciascuna di voi. Viva Gesù e Maria. Sr. Enrica Rosanna

12/10/2019 15:37:11 - Sr. Teresina

Con tutte le FMA attualmente presenti in Casa Generalizia, "cuore dell'Istituto" e per quelle che - come me - hanno felicemente trascorso anni di grazia, di servizio, di gioia e di festa in fraternità, tra Sorelle provenienti da Nazioni diverse, respirando l'universalità dell'Istituto, accanto alla Madre e alle Superiore, vere sorelle fra sorelle, rendo grazie a Dio per la felice ricorrenza di 50 anni di presenza e invoco abbondanza di grazie e nuove vocazioni per l'Istituto e per la Chiesa.

11/10/2019 23:17:30 - sr Yvette

Tanti auguri e buona festa! Siamo in communione di preghiera e chiediamo al Signore di continuare a custodire quanti sono o passano in questa casa. Buona celebrazione

11/10/2019 16:44:28 - sor Nancy Venegas Aponte

Con tanta gioia e riconoscenza ci uniamo per dar Grazie al Buon Dio per tutto ció che siete voi suore della casa generalizia. Una Bella festa. Preghiamo per voi.


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