Salesian Sisters open their first house in Kandhamal;

The Salesian Sisters work in solidarity with the young and the poor in 92 nations within the five continents.

India:Salesian Sisters (FMA) have opened their first house last Sunday in Kandhamal, the center of anti-Christian violence eight years ago.

The house opened on August 16 is the first house of Salesian Sisters, also known as Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar is also their first house in

Archbishop John Barwa SVD of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, inaugurated the Auxilium Convent at St. Sebastian’s Parish, Kurtumgarh, some 315 kilometers west of Bhubaneswar.

“Selesian Sisters have joined in our missionary journey and started their first community at Kurtumgarh parish. On behalf of the Archdiocese, I welcome the Sisters whole heatedly and wish them a fruitful ministry for the development of our people and building up of God’s Kingdom,” said Archbishop Barwa.

About 1500 people from far and wide, including FMA Sisters, local government officials/politicians, priests, nuns and people from Hindu community and Christian denominations attended the event and shared the fellowship meal, said Father Jugal Kishore Digal, parish priest.

“God has given us a very special gift during this year of the Bicentennial celebration (1815-2015) of our Father and Founder Don Bosco. A long cherished dream being fulfilled. Most Rev. John Barwa SVD, Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar invited us to open a house in Kurtumgarh, in the district of Kandhamal, Odisha,” said Sr. Rose Ezarath FMA, Provincial, who was present, among other FMA Sisters, at the event.

“We will venture our mission on 16 August, the birth day of Don Bosco. The pioneering Sisters are Sr. Teresa Xalxo, Sr. Shanti Tirkey and Sr. Sabita Nayak. Let us pray for the expansion of our charism in this region,” she added.

The vision of the province is “FMA, rooted in Faith and Community Communion become evangelizing educators like Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello for the young people of today to be Missionaries of Gospel Joy.” Its mission is to “be a sign of the foreseeing love of God and motherly care of Mary Help of Christians to the young people of the working classes, especially of the poorest through educative and promotional activities, both in Christian countries and in those not yet evangelized.”

The Salesian Sisters work in solidarity with the young and the poor in 92 nations within the five continents. Founders are: St. John Bosco and St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello.

Source: Vatican Radio

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