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FMA Celebrates 100 Years in India

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, Sep. 4.

The Salesian Sisters’ (FMA- Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) centennial cultural bonanza took place on September 3, 2022, at the Auxilium College, Katpadi, in the august presence of the Rector Major Fr Fernandez Artime Angel, Mother General Chiara Cazzuola, General Councillors Sr. Mora Ruth del Pilar, Sr. Borja Runita and Sr. Celine Jacob, SDB and FMA Provincials and other dignitaries.

A solemn guard of honour was accorded to the Rector Major and Mother General by the students of the Auxilium College at the beginning. The programme began with a prayer dance by the province of Bangalore and welcome dance by the Province of Trichy. Sr. Nirmala Lazar, the Provincial of INM and the President of the FMA Provincial Conference of India, welcomed the gathering and felicitated the present and the past mother provincials of the seven FMA provinces in India.

Three books were released in the presence of the Mother General authored by the Salesian sisters on various topics, namely Mother Mary, Pioneering Missionary Sisters and Social Ministry. On this auspicious occasion, seven sisters from the seven FMA provinces were given Life Achievement Awards for their untiring and selfless service in education, medicine and women empowerment.

Mother General Cazzuola thanked the pioneering missionary sisters for this beautiful charism that has been sown and nurtured during the hundred years in India, especially to the poorest of the poor women. She also thanked everyone who brought up the provinces to greater heights. She invited everyone to preserve and develop the Salesian charism, a gift from God.

Rector Major Father Angel, in his turn, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Salesian sisters for their centenary milestone. He surprised everyone by singing two Spanish songs as he played the guitar. Father Biju Michael, the regional councillor, thanked the FMA sisters for keeping the Salesian flame burning in India and the world. Mgsr. John Robert, the Vellore diocesan administrator, thanked the Rector Major, Mother General and her council, along with the present FMA mother provincial, for their untiring service to the poor in the diocese of Vellore.

The whole programme was interspaced with a variety of cultural programmes from each of the provinces. The centenary scholarship also was inaugurated and distributed to some of the students. The evening concluded with a splendid presentation by the FMA Chennai province recapitulating the centenary theme through dance, mime and singing. It was a fitting presentation to commemorate the FMA 100 years in India. More than 5000 people participated in the Centenary Cultural Bonanza.

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