Roaming in Rome with Salesian Sisters

Salesian Sisters on the way to St Peter's Square for audience with the Pope

VATICAN CITY – A group of 29 Sisters from Asia, Europe and the Americas are doing what I call charging their batteries of body, mind and soul. They call it The Project Mornese. This is the English speaking group. The Sisters hold five such programmes each year for English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French speaking groups.
Since 1996, each year, over 200 Sisters from around the world go through this innovative on-going formation programme to absorb the charism of their founders Don Bosco and Maria Mazzarello and regale salesianita’ from its source! The project has three phases and lasts one month.
I know these are hard-working Salesian Sisters who come to Italy… I plan to blog on what they see, what they think about what they see, and how they feel their batteries are recharged – or not – and how eager they are to get back to the grind.
The first phase of this journey is Rome: Pilgrims of Faith: to the heart of the Church and of the Institute (1 to 5 June including a trip to Assisi). It all started on 1st June at the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Generalate on Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano, 81. (I am down the road on Piazza Ateneo Salesiano, 1).
On Tuesday, they started the programme with ice-breaker sessions, had a midday Mass which I presided over in the Generalate chapel. After lunch they looked around the Generalate.
Wednesday, they had morning Mass at Santa Maria in Traspontina church and audience with the pope and later visited FMA international study houses Casa Madre Canta and the “Auxilium” Pontifical faculty for education.
Thursday morning they will have Mass in the Crypt of the Popes below St Peter’s basilica and extensive visit of the St Peter’s and St Paul’s basilicas,  visit to the catacombs of St. Callistus, Quo Vadis church and the basilica of Sacra Cuore which Don Bosco built near Termini. In the evening they will meet with the Mother Yvonne and the Sisters of her Council.
There are 21 Sisters from Asia (India 15, East Timor 2, Philippines 2, and one each from Israel and Camodia). From the Americas 7 (USA 4, The Pacific 2 and Canada 1) and one from Europe (UK).

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