Salesian Sisters Elect First Non-Italian General

Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, aged 63, a French national, is the first non-Italian Superior General of  the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. She succeeds Mother Antonia Colombo on 24 October.

“Having lived and worked beside her in the General Council for the past 12 years, I know her to be a person of strong faith, deep prayer life, ardent hope and true salesian joy,” says Sr Wilma DeSouza, Visiting Councilor.

“Deeply rooted in the spirit and charism of our founders and at the same time a woman of vision, she is enthusiastic and determined about leading the Institute towards a renewed understanding and living of our charismatic identity so as to respond adequately to the challenge of educating young people today,” adds Sr Wilma.


Commenting on the new Mother General’s qualities of the heart Sr Wilma says, “She has a profound capacity for listening and empathizing with the person she is listening to. Very thoughtful and attentive to the needs of those around her, she reaches out with sisterly care and  affection, very often going out of her way to help someone in need.”


“An enterprising, daring and courageous person, she is undaunted by challenging situations; she is able to find ways and means of solving problems and achieving goals. A warm-hearted person, very human in her ways, affectionate and sisterly in relationships, she will certainly touch the hearts and the lives of our sisters around the world as she begins her visits to the different provinces,” says Sr Wilma listing new General’s leadership qualities.


Sr Bernadette Sangma currently working in Rome adds, “through her missionary experience in Africa, she has a first hand knowledge of the challenges posed to the FMA communities in the developing countries. Her experiences in intercultural relationships during her years in mission-land and during the last six-year term as vicar general and in-charge of the FMA international communities in Rome will certainly enable her to delve into the complex intercultural and interreligious reality of India. This of course is the need of the hour for the FMA communities in India as we face the challenges posed by communal violence in our nation.

She has been to Guwahati in 2006..



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2 responses to “Salesian Sisters Elect First Non-Italian General

  1. What a great day for us, and as our Salesian Rector Major, Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva, SDB pointed out last night to Mother Yvonne, this election is a beautiful testimony to the inculturation of the Salesian charism in a land (France) that was so dear to both Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello! May this election be the beginning of a new flowering of vocations in France.

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