MORNESE, N. Italy (C.M. Paul) – The Sisters of the project Mornese English speaking group had a unique day. They called it the desert day. After Morning Prayer and breakfast, each Sister put together her own lunch packet. Being a Friday, there was neither salami nor prosciutto to put into their pannino. Sr. Ines, in charge of the kitchen had instead omelets prepared which they gladly put in their sandwich buns.
They also picked up a packet of juice, a fruit (banana or apple or a pear), as well as some wafers and bread sticks. More enterprising sisters also picked up yogurt left over from the breakfast.
The animators told the Sisters they could go any where for the whole day only on one condition that they report back for 5.00 pm Eucharist at the Collegio chapel.
Some of the more adventurous Sisters went over to Valponasco (40 minutes walk) , others to the Mazzarelli (20 minutes walk), still others spent the day at the Collegio devoting quality time in silent prayer at the room of Mother Mazzarello, or sat at the Mornese well. Some even went over to the parish Church or to the village, while others hit the road to the open fields.
The day was exceptionally fine with bright sun and clear sky. In the evening the Sisters returned for the Eucharistic celebration on the theme of Praise and Thanksgiving for the days spent thus far – learning, praying and living the spirit of St Maria Mazzarello.
The evening concluded with written evaluation and group discussion on Project Mornese. It was followed by a presentation on Project Jerusalem which is a similar on-going formation programme for the Salesian Sisters, similar to the Project Mornese. It is hoped that the programme which started off in 2006 will provide opportunity to every Salesian Sister to see, touch and live in the land of Jesus for some three months. To date nine groups of Sisters have gone through the programme which was the dream child of Mother General Catherine Daghero when she visited Holy Land in 1906.