Future missionary presences
Future missionary presences
Our Congregation was born with a strong intercultural and international dimension and its missionary development continues. Some new areas of presence are planned over the next few years. Sr. Ciri Hernandez, General Councillor for the Missions ad gentes gave a report to the General Council on this topic.
The following new missions are planned:
- Mongolia (Asia) . In this majority Buddhist country there have been Catholic communities since 1922. Although the Church is still young, it is active and open to service and mission. The Korean Province is promoting this foundation, as part of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the arrival of the first missionaries in 2007. They want to do something meaningful: to share the Salesian charism they received, by opening a new mission. The Apostolic Prefect, Monsignor Wenceslao Padilla, is happy to welcome our community because of the fruit that the Salesian Charism promises for that Church. The community will start in 2007, in the capital Ulaanbaatar and will belong to the Korean province. The three Sisters, already named, will begin by studying the language and with a simple educational work that will consist in a kindergarten and Oratory. They will live in a rented apartment. The SDB who are in Mongolia for a few years now, will be close at hand and supportive. - Solomon Islands (Melanesia). During the Three-year Evaluation in SPR (May 14th-17th) the provincial, Sr. Edna Mary, in the presence of Mother Antonia, Sr. Ciri Hernandez, and Sr. Theresa Curmi, officially announced the names of the new community who, in January 2007, will start the work in the Solomon Islands. This new mission is the fruit of an attentive discernment process by the SPR Province. The Sisters chosen are: Sr. Scalei Puapuaga, the first FMA vocation from the Samoan Islands, Sr. Sonia Murari and Sr. Anna Maria Gervasoni, both of whom come from the Province of Lombardy (ILO). During the closing Mass of the Evaluation, the three Sisters received their mandate from Mother Antonia and the Province. To each was given a lighted lamp with the prayer that they may spread the light of God’s love to all.
- Veyrier (Switzerland) . We already spoke, in a recent article on this website, of the presence in the community of Veyrier, close to Geneva (belonging to the Province of Lombardy ILO) of two Vetnamese Sisters, Sr. Maria Nguyen thi Nga and Sr. Teresa Nguyen thi Hong Van. The suggestion of having our Vietnamese Sisters here came from a Parish Priest of the same nationality. Hearing that the community wanted to become intercultural, since it is involved in a very significant work with pupils of about forty nationalities, among them Vietnamese.
- Turin (Italy). The whole Institute knows the details of this new project, linked to the celebration of the Feast of Gratitude for Mother Antonia in 2006. The Sisters who will form the community of Porta Palazzo are: Sr. Paola Pignatelli (IPI), Sr. Gloria Medina (URU – 17 years a missionary in West Africa), Sr. Julieta João (MOZ). From September to December they will take part in a Course for Missionaries in the UPS (Rome) and will live in Casa Generalizia. Their specific formation will continue in Turin.
- Sumba (Indonesian Archipelago). The province of Timor-Indonesia is in the process of preparing for the opening of a new missionary presence at Palla, a town in the west of the Island. The Bishop asked for our presence to accompany young people and to provide qualified co-ordination in the schools.