Auxilium Park Circus FMAs Celebrate Foundation Day

Foundation Day (L to R): Dali, Thudian, C.M. Paul, Susanna, Salomi, Rosina and Anima.

KOLKATA – The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians at Park Circus Kolkata celebrated the FMA institute’s foundation day 5th August. The Salesian Sister’s three-member community on Seyd Amir Ali Avenue is on the opposite side of the big Park Circus maidan (grounds) which has the landmark Don Bosco School on Darga Road.
It is about 10 minutes walk skirting the footpath along the grounds… At 6 am in the morning one need not dodge pairs of tiny tots sitting out side some 20 hutments of refugee families from Bangladesh living on the pavement. That time of the morning on a rainy day one only sees 20 x 10 feet makeshift plastic-sheet tenements sitting on the pavement along the park.
Two young Sisters (Anima and Dali) from neighbouring Auxilium Parish community Tengra joined Park Circus community of 3 Sisters (Rosina, Susanna and Thudian) and the domestic helper Salomi for 6.30 am Eucharist.
After a 30 minute cycle-rickshaw ride through the by-lanes and gullies, the junior Sisters arrived to add voice to the singing assisted by the community Superior Sr Rosnia on the keyboards.
The FMA institute started at Mornese (NW Italy) in 1872 with 11 Sisters along with co-foundress Maria Domenica Mazzarello making their first profession in front of Bishop of Aqui, co-founder Don Bosco and Don Pestarino their parish priest.
The celebrant recalled what Don Bosco told the first batch of Sisters: “remain simple, poor and mortified… and I assure you, your institute will have great future!”
The celebrant further encouraged the Sisters not to make the celebration as a mere tick off event. He insisted that the Sisters use the same TIC to make a meaningful day suggesting the need for Thanksgiving, Inspiration and Commitment as key points for their commemoration.
The Park Circus community which runs a primary school for about 150 children and helps in the parish church across the street bought the building from a Khasi Catholic lady some 50 years ago.

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One response to “Auxilium Park Circus FMAs Celebrate Foundation Day

  1. Sr. Roberte Johnson

    Dear Father Paul,

    Thank you for your good wishes for the Feast of August 5 when we all made our vows to be Holy Salesian Sisters in the footstep of our dear St. Mary Mazzarello. I count on your good prayers for many more vocations who will continue our praiseworthy congregation.

    Thank you so much for keeping in touch. God bless you and your apostolate! May Mary, Our Help accompany you in every way!

    Union of prayers and love forever,
    Sr. Roberte Johnson, FMA

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