Celebrating 125 Years of the FMA presence in Spain

Celebrating 125 Years of the FMA presence in Spain On October 29 in the house of Sarria of Barcelona a festive encounter was held to close the commemorations of the 125 years of the arrival of the FMA in Spain. The presence of Mother Yvonne, representing the whole Institute, was an inestimable gift.

At several times la Madre insisted on the fact that it is not a door closing, nor a phase ending, but it is a new beginning in which the young people will be the protagonists.

The day began with the prayer of Lauds in which all the Sisters present at Sarrià participated, and among whom were the provincials of Leon, Madrid, and Seville.

The central act was the celebration of the Eucharist presided by Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona and concelebrated by Monsignor Joan Godayol, Fr. Angel Asurmendi, Provincial of Barcelona and a good group of Salesians and other religious.

There was a significant gesture after the proclamation of the Gospel. Colored ribbons flowed from the a representation of the well of Mornese and went to all parts of the temple, symbol of the expansion of the Salesian charism that in Spain grew from a little seed into a magnificent tree. From those four Sisters, “holy and strong”, there grew the tree that we contemplate, rejoice in, and now show our gratitude.

Once the Eucharist was concluded a plaque was placed on a column of the original wall of the house that Don Bosco had asked to be acquired for the FMA, following an inspiration from Mary Help of Christians. There followed a time during which we enjoyed a moment of Catalan folklore represented by Esbart Maragall.

A fraternal banquet provided for a time of encounter, familiarity, and a community manifestation of gratitude.

At the conclusion of the celebration a guided tour of the Basilica of the Holy Family in Barcelona was organized. The church presented a splendid combination of art, creativity and faith.

During the following days la Madre will visit several houses of the province of “Our Lady of the Pillar”, observing and drawing close to the work that the Sisters and the communities share with the laity.

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07/11/2011 - celine

félicitation aux soeurs de l`Espagne, c`est une grande espérance pour nous de célébrer avec vous le 125ème ; nous qui fêteons le 25ème anniversaire de présence à Madagascar, nous espérons bien célébrer aussi le 125ème anniversaire

02/11/2011 - Estefania

Ha sido una jornada festiva preciosa y tener a Madre Yvonne en Barcelona. Un gran regalo. A por otros 125 años. Gracias.

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