In the world
Our congregation was born on 5th August, 1872 through the direct intervention of Mary and as a response to the profound hopes and aspirations of young people. Don Bosco’s 2nd religious family was born on this day when St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello and her 10 companions from Mornese, a hamlet in Italy, committed themselves to God for the service of the poor girls. The tiny seed sprouted and grew into a gigantic tree and today we are about 14000 Sisters living and working in 86 countries of the world.
History of FMA INDIA
The first six pioneers from Italy arrived in India on 22nd November, 1922 at Tanjore, Tamilnadu. Today our presence in India has grown into six provinces – Chennai (1946), Shillong (1953), Mumbai (1982), Kolkata (1987), Bangalore (1993),and Guwahati (2000). At present we have over 1250 sisters in India. The Salesian Sisters came to North East India in 1923.
Our Pioneers of NE India: Sr. Innocenza Vallino, Sr. Cecilia Da Roit, Sr. Guilia Bera, Sr. Clotilde Appiano, Sr. Maria Bricarello
The Province of Guwahati (Mater Ecclesiae) was constituted in 2000. Today the Salesian sisters of Mater Ecclesiae work in 27 centres and 6 sub- centres, spread across 4 states ( Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland) and 8 Dioceses (Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Kohima, Miao, Tezpur) of North East India.
For Whom we Work
The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians share with love, dedication and creativity in the mission God has entrusted to the Institute through Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello and one finds them working with:
• Children and youth in schools and colleges (rural and urban)
• Marginalized children and youth (Street children’s home)
• Drug addicts and alcoholics in drug addict and rehabilitation centres
• Drop out youth in vocational education centres
• Marginalized Women in rural and uraban areas