Establishment of the new Province of "Maria Domenica Mazzarello" Austria-Germany (AUG)

Establishment of the new Province of "Maria Domenica Mazzarello" Austria-Germany (AUG)  

Vöcklabruck (Austria). On March 24, at Vöcklabruck (Austria), the celebration took place for the unification of the Provinces of Austria and Germany, and a new Province dedicated to "Maria Domenica Mazzarello" was establishedAmong those present were: the Mother General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the General Councillors Sr. Carla Castellino, Sr. Kathleen Taylor and Sr. Piera Cavaglià, His Excellency Bishop Alois Kothgasser , who presided at the celebration of the Eucharist, Monsignor Ludwig Schwarz and  many priests, the civil authorities, especially the Mayor of Vöcklabruck,  members of the Salesian Family, Provincials and FMA from various parts of Europe,  Sr. Angelika Garstenauer, Superior General of the Franciscans at Vöcklabruck,  Sr. M. Cordis Feuerstein, representing the Austrian Union of Superiors, members of the educating communities, young people and supporters of the Salesian charism.

The ceremony was preceded by a celebration in song, music and artistic expressions of the traditional culture of the two countries and by the address of the Mayor of Vöcklabruck . Then the two outgoing provincials Sr. Maria Maxwald and Sr. Petra Egeling presented the journey of the two provinces to reach the decision to become one. This aroused great emotion and awe at such a memorable historic event. In fact, when the Salesian Sisters first arrived in Essen-Borbek on November 22, 1922, Austria and Germany formed a single Province. Later, on November 3, 1954, due to the increase in foundations and the growing number of vocations, both in Germany and in Austria, the separation into two separate provinces took place.
Today, after sixty years of history, The Austrian and German provinces together have given life to a single Province dedicated to "Maria Domenica Mazzarello".

La Madre, Mother Yvonne Reungoat  in her message, after having spoken of the reasons for gratitude and joy because of the unification, highlighted how in has been born as a juridical entity on a Marian day, the day on which we contemplate Mary’s yes to the will of God. She said: «I can say with Don Bosco: ‘It is Mary who has done everything’. It is she who has accompanied the process of re-structuring undertaken with such a sense of responsibility, attention to the real needs of the Church and society and the expectations of young people with realism and a sense of belonging to the Institute. It is beautiful to think that this event has been prepared for in a journey of spirituality and prayer and that the search was supported and animated by only one goal: to find the best way to proclaim the Gospel to young people today, with the prophetic power of the charism. This is a missionary goal that involves life in its totality, every Sister and educating community. We are all privileged protagonists in this evangelising mission. Let us thank the Lord who has guided the process of preparation with special graces and we are sure that He will continue to accompany every step of the new Province, so that the Salesian charism may continue to grow through the joy and hope of the new generations in Austria and Germany.
I would like to address a word of encouragement and hope to each one, if it were possible, with the heart of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello: work together to create communities that are fruitful in vocations. The Church, the state, the new Province and the young people themselves need it. ‘To grow together’ is the desire that you expressed and which is becoming a reality. I invite you to accept the word of Jesus with confidence and courage and to witness to the beauty and joy of faith, the root of all educational fruitfulness».

Mother Yvonne then thanked the two Provincials Sr. Maria Maxwald and Sr. Petra Egeling for their service offered with generosity and gratuitous love in their respective provinces. She then turned to the new Provincial, Sr. Maria Maul, greeting her with affection and expressing her gratitude for having accepted the will of God with faith in the obedience that has been asked of her.
She then read the decree of erection of the Province of "Maria Domenica Mazzarello" and of the nomination of Sr. Maria Maul as its Provincial.
After the singing of Benediction, each of the community animators was presented with some soil from the two countries in order to make their own the invitation of Hosea to: "Till a new field" (Hosea 10,12). The celebration concluded with the greetings and thanks of the new Provincial, Sr. Maria Maul and a fraternal celebration. 

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28/03/2014 21:57:16 - Sor Teresa de Jesùs

Marìa Auxiliadora acompañe el camino de unificación inspectorial para crecer juntas y hacer crecer el Reino de Dios en ambas naciones. Augurios de apertura de mente y corazón de cada comunidad por "el bien de los jóvenes un campo siempre abierto y necesitado e evangelización".

26/03/2014 18:00:00 - Ganshoren Marie-Auxiliatrice

Nous étions toutes unies à vous ce lundi 24 mars dans la prière et dans la joie. Bonne route à votre nouvelle Province ! Les soeurs aînées de Belgique Sud.

26/03/2014 17:30:24 - aida roncal

Que bendicion de Dios,que las dos Inspectorias se unan para fortalecerse...y con gran empuje pastoral....pastorizar con un corazon solo y una alma sola ganar muchas almas para el Reino de Dios.....que alegria un abrazo misionero.sor aida

25/03/2014 14:30:54 - Sr Rosella FMA

Sono contenta per questa unione e affido a Maria il vostro nuovo cammino, con affetto e preghiera, mando un abbraccio alle mie due compagne tedesche di Professione (Sr Rita e Sr Ursula),V. Gesù e Maria, ciao Sr Rosella FMA

25/03/2014 10:38:29 - Suor Marisa Chinellato Ispettrice ITV

Siamo fraternamente vicine in questo momento di "Fiat" e di "Magnificat"! Maria accompagni questo vostro nuovo cammino, sostenendo con il suo potente aiuto Lei, cara Sr Maria Maul, e tutte le Consorelle della nuova Ispettoria. Siamo contente che, come la nostra, sia dedicata a Madre Mazzarello! La nostra Santa ci ottenga fiducia piena nel Signore e disponibilità a testimoniare il carisma nel quotidiano donarci.

25/03/2014 10:24:36 - sr. Grazia Loparco

Carissima sr. Maria, un augurio vivissimo a te per la missione che ti è affidata. A nome personale e dell'Associazione Cultori di Storia Salesiana ricevi anche il grazie sincero per la collaborazione generosa alle attività volte a promuovere la ricerca delle radici salesiane, specie nelle terre in cui ora sei chiamata a cooperare a sviluppare l'inedito dall'energia della linfa. Il tuo impegno collaudato con la Famiglia Salesiana sarà certamente un incoraggiamento a continuare a "scrivere" belle pagine di storia educativa. Un abbraccio cordiale nel comune affidamento a Maria.

24/03/2014 22:37:57 - sr. Maria Concetta Ventura

Un augurio di fecondità apostolica a questa nuova realtà che nasce il 24 del mese e alla vigilia della festa dell'Annunciazione. Cara sr. Maria, anche per te questa è un'annunciazione: sei chiamata ad essere soprattutto madre di queste sorelle di lingua tedesca in un'ispettoria vasta anche se non molto numerosa. Ti accompagno con la preghiera e tanto affetto

24/03/2014 19:52:50 - Ir. Maria Imaculada da Silca - BBH

Carissima Sr. Maria Maul, nella fraternità, mi faccio presente al tuo sì, certamente pronunciato prima nel cuore e dopo pubblicato con fede e coraggio per rispondere alla chiamata del Signore, in questo avvenimento storico Germania-Austria, per il bene della giovetù. Ti auguro gioia e pace in questo cammino, nella certeza della fedeltà di Dio. Ricordati, sempre di quello che disse Maria Domenica Mazzarello nel 05 agosto 1872: Maria è la vera superiora. Affidati e l'Ispettoria a lei, ogni giorno . Ti assicuro la mia preghiera. Saluti cari!


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