Salesian Surprise at FMA Chapter

At the end of the second week of Salesian Sisters’ 22nd General Chapter (3 Oct) Fr. Carlos Garulo of Barcelona from the Salesian Generalate Rome and in charge of IUS (Salesian University Institutes) presented his book of poems comparing the life and deeds of St. John Bosco with the message of the different books of the Bible. His first volume is entitled “The Heart Beat of the Forest:: Genesis – Book of Origins and Germination” (El latido del bosque  Génesis. Libro de orígenes y germinaciones).


The presentation of his poems in Spanish language had four moments. After the reading of a textual commentary, author presented its corresponding poetic version. Third interactive moment consisted of question and answers with the author which led into the fourth moment, the recitation of another poem in which the audience joined, creating a counterpoint like in a Greek tragedy.  The poem referred to the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians as an emblematic temple, and during this reading some of its images were projected.


The moment of surprise that totally floored the Chapter members was the rendition of an unscheduled poem – Portrait of Mother Mazzarello. It will be part of the author’s third book: The Heart Beat of the Forest.  Narrations and Chronicles.  Book of Figures and Stories, which will be published in 2010.


14 Indian Sisters at FMA GC22

During the Chapter which will end on 15 November, the 191 chapter members will elect a new Superior General and her Council. Of 14 chapter members from India (12 from six Indian provinces, plus one General Councilor and an East Africa provincial) 12 Sisters are attending a GC for the first time.


Most of the Indian Sisters will be at St Peter’s Square joining some 10,000 compatriots for the canonization of the first Indian woman, Clarist Sister Alphonsa, 18 October.


The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians founded by Don Bosco and Mother Maria Domenica Mazzarello in 1872, number 14,324 and are present in a variety of educative, social and evangelizing centres in the five continents (Africa-Madagascar: 465, America: 4.585 Asia: 2.185; Europe: 7.042; Oceania: 47).


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