Celebration of the Feast of the Founder, Blessed John Baptist

Rome, 1st June 2019

Prot. nº 834/2019
Reference: Celebration of the Feast of the Founder, Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini

Dear Sisters, Formands, Scalabrinian Lay Missionaries and Friends,

The celebration of the Feast of the Founder, Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, this year is even of greater significance, for the reason that, we are at the rhythm of the internal reorganization of the Congregation and we are grateful to live it also in light of the theme of the XIV General Chapter: “Walk humbly with your God” (Mk. 6:8). All this motivates us to a path of inner renewal of our consecrated being and, at the same time, gives us a new spiritual force, a new courage and missionary impulse, whose goal of this path is marked by the action of the Holy Spirit. New frontiers open before us, new realities, other cultures, different needs, peripheries, new challenges to embody the Scalabrinian charism, in this changing time.

Insofar that we reflect on Scalabrini’s vision of migration and on the contemporary world’s condition, we realize how existent his understanding and pastoral activity was, and how profound his spirituality and its impact are, in the context in which he lived.

We can say that, Blessed John the Baptist Scalabrini was a man of intense life of faith and love of God, nourished by an ecclesial spirituality: he believed, hoped and loved. The legacy we received from our founder, Scalabrini, is the mission with the migrants, a present-day charism for our time and, therefore, I encourage you to treasure this gift that is expressed in the daily life of the Scalabrinian vocation, which is nourished by the renewal of a spiritual life that designs the Scalabrinian religious life towards our brothers and sisters in mobility.

For us, it is not enough to know some ideas or facts of the life of the Blessed Scalabrini because he is much more than a page of history or an exemplary figure for his time; he transcends his time. He walked humbly, undertaking humility as a way of life, letting himself be questioned and interrogated by migrant people for the reason that he was persuaded that God acts in history with through them and with them.

The human history is marked by the migration phenomenon. We, today, following the footsteps of our founder, we have also the opportunity, through the Itinerant Service, that we are living and is operative in different realities of the Congregation; in order to reach out to migrants, strengthening the itinerancy in the life of the MSCS Sister, being a supportive and prophetic presence in the world of human mobility, thus helping society, the Church and our religious communities to transfer the human person with the his unique dignity, welcoming the sending of announcing the universal love of the Father.

Therefore, to walk humbly with the Lord as Blessed Scalabrini did, is to live our earthly pilgrimage as “a constant movement, leaving ourselves to the other, to share with him the bread of our life as baptized and consecrated, to humbly wash the feet of the traveler, to perfume the unexpected guest with the precious nard, to and to look with loving eyes at the wounded or offended pilgrims in their own dignity, treating them with tenderness and with the determination of Jesus, the good Samaritan”.

Dear Sisters, formands, lay Scalabrinian missionaries, we are encouraging you to assume the legacy we received from our founder, Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini: radical thinking, speaking and acting in favor of the migrants. Even today, thanks to this great model of Scalabrini, we feel called to flourish once again our Scalabrinian creativity of serving the migrants and refugees who do not always find answers to their needs and their wounds, and through his intercession, we can accompany them in search of better conditions of life where faith, culture and life interweave.

In unity with the General Councilors and with the Secretary General, I wish you all a joyful Feast of our Founder, and that we may live in communion of mission and prayer with all the migrants, true bearers of good news and “hidden builders and providential of universal fraternity”.

Sr. Neusa de Fátima Mariano, mscs
Superior General

Tomorrow starts the novena in honor of Blessed John Baptist  Scalabrini

Tomorrow, the novena in honor of Blessed John Baptist  Scalabrini will start in the Cathedral of Piacenza. The initiative is promoted by the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinians in preparation for the liturgical Feast of the Father of the Migrants, Blessed Scalabrini on June 1st. The prayers begins at 5.30 pm every day, until May 31st (except Saturday 25th), obverse of his urn. The Sisters invite everyone, especially the faithful of Piacenza and the migrants, to be present to the urn of the Cathedral.

Those who are far from Piacenza can connect at a distance, via the webcam can is linked visible at  the congregational site www.scalabriniane.org  The novena is made possible and thanks to the collaboration of the Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio.

“It is possible to send prayer intentions also through Facebook, on the ‘Scalabrinian Europe’ page, which will then be read during the novena  as stressed by Sister Milva Caro, provincial superior. “ We thank the Diocese for opening this moment of prayer, a sign of communion and profound esteem for his renowned pastor who loved his Diocese so much. We believe that this moment of recollection, today, we can better prepare for the day as we commemorate Blessed Scalabrini, Father of Migrants “.

Young ladies received in the Novitiate

Melrose Park. IL. Today, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the Patron of the Province, four young ladies from Mexico and Indonesia, give their willingness to continue their vocational journey and they are accepted in the Novitiate Formation. They were received by Sr.  Maria Manuela Amaral, mscs, Novice Directress and the Provincial Councilor and Responsible for Formation.

Buona Pasqua!

Non muri ma ponti é quanto ci dice Papa Francesco;

i muri abbattuti dalla forza della Resurrezione

diventano terreno per una nuova chiesa,

una nuova società e tutti collaboriamo con Dio.

Buona Pasqua!

 

Superiora Generale e Consigliere

Sr. Neusa de Fatima Mariano, mscs
Sr. Etra Modica, mscs
Sr. Marlene Vieira, mscs
Sr. Albertina Pauletti, mscs
Sr. Elizabeth Pedernal, mscs
Sr. Carmen Lisot, mscs

United Way visited the Casa Migrante

Juarez, Mexico: The President of the  United Way visited the Casa del Migrante and the benefactor of the shelter. He came from the USA to visit  and have a direct experience and encounter with the migrants and refugess,  heard their  first hand testimonies. He also offered some gifts like T-shirts, and some snacks that somehow alleviate the the migrants and were very happy.

Upon hearing the shared stories, he promised to continue the support and also fight for their rights in Washington.

Photo and Information:
Sr. Noemie Silva, mscs

A New Migration Rule is implemented in the border of USA – Mexico

Mexico. With the MSCS presence in the border, it was said that there is  a new migration ruling that is implemented in the border of USA and Mexico. This implementation of the new law, would mean that receiving a number in Mexico in order to await a migrant’s turn for the first migration interview in the USA side, to be delayed and rethink again. The rule entails that the new way of treating the asylum seekers in the USA and it would take effect in the US border where the migrants has to take turns having appointment for the first time and yet, one has to return back to Mexico and wait for the court hearing or a court date in the USA. With this situation, one has advised to have a lawyer in the USA side to appeal their case, while they are at Mexico.

These migrants are called Returnees not Deportees. “There are other returnees who have been under the El Paso bridge for 5 days and then placed in the detention holding for 8 days without the opportunity of showering or eating properly. Some families are continuously being separated and small children a taken away from their guardians. The guardians are returned to Mexico and the children remain in the USA. This is unbelievable, who in their right mind made up this law. To me it seems that the USA is playing with not only the rights of migrants/refugees, but with their lives. It appears that the USA has no intention of giving migrants/refugees asylum in the USA.” expressed by Sr. Noemia Silva, mscs

Venezuelan families are welcomed in the Casa Madre Assunta

Vila Prudente – Sao Paulo

It was 124 years have passed since the arrival of Mother Assunta Marchetti, from Italy to Brazil, in this space, today called Casa Madre Assunta, a blessed house, by the Mother of the orphans and the abandoned, and by many other people of God , home for the immigrant children of his time.

This same house, the courtyard, the rooms, the corridors and stairs, but above all the chapel of our Lady of Lourdes, where the little ones bent their knees in prayer, and with their eyes turned towards the imposing statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is where they pleaded for support for body and eternal peace for dead parents, this same house has opened its doors to other children, to other families, or to the new migrations of today.

Thanks to the decision of the general government a space was opened for reception, in the Casa Mother Assunta, to host immigrants from Venezuela, six families: 12 children and 13 adults.

Deo Gratias! The venerable servant of God Father Joseph Marchetti would say. Deo gratias! Because the whole Congregation participates in this welcoming project, thus continuing the Scalabrinian work.

This presence of immigrants, in the Casa Madre Assunta , helps the community of Sisters who live in this space to open up more intensely to the need for mission. Together with them we try to live the Scalabrinian charisma today, being “migrants with migrants”, with the comforting certainty of Jesus’ promise: “Whoever welcomes one of these little ones, welcomes me” (Mt 25:40).

Our mission goes from the simple smile, to teach him the first elements of the Portuguese language, of culture, as well as to zealously maintain and preserve the faith, favoring participation in religious celebrations, helping them in the search for work, inserting children in the school and above all living and witnessing solidarity and universal brotherhood.

From Roraima to the city of Sao Paulo, in the Casa Madre Assunta, we want to help overcome the logic of emergency: we believe that we are thus a spark of God’s providential love, for these migrants that providence gives us today to serve and love , to live concretely the passage of the Gospel: “Come blessed of my Father (…), because I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt 25:35).

“To be for the migrant the smile of the distant homeland” (Beato J. B. Scalabrini), this is our day-to-day commitment!

 

Sr. Leocadia Mezzomo, mscs
Postulator of the Cause of Canonization
of Mother Assunta Marchetti

Migrant women: brave and eager to live/survive

The migratory phenomenon of the northern triangle of Central America (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador), has historical roots and is a product of cultural, economic and political integration of the countries that comprise this region.

Since the 20th century, and especially since the beginning of the armed conflicts, the populations of Central American migrants sought to settle mainly outside the region, especially in the United States of America, in order to escape the violence and improve their economic situation. With the advent of political and social peace now about two decades, and the trade integration of countries, also begins to display a phenomenon that has been less analyzed, the mobile populations at a regional level

During the last ten years, the cause of migration in the region changed, the main cause in 2012 was due to economic motives. From 2016 violence seized a central role in the phenomenon of migration and forced thousands of families to migrate in search of international protection.
The data points towards to the Central American region which is responsible for 90% of the solicitations of refugees in Mexico, and continues to be the place of the violence caused by “gangs” and organized crime, between 2016 to 2017 represents 68% which is the main reason of the departure from their countries of origin.

The forced displacement of migrants increased and at the same time the restricted immigration policy of the Government of the United States deports thousands of people, many at risk of returning to their country, are found in Mexico, a country of destination and also a large migratory corridor going to the United States.
The lack of information of the migrant population on their rights and privileges, increased their vulnerability and made the migratory corridor (Mexico-USA) a space where organized crime, drug trafficking, and the same forces of the State, abuse and commit serious crimes.

A feminine protagonist
Women carry with them a mysterious force, they are full of hope and desire to overcome all obstacles that cross their path. It is no different for migrant women who journey and advocacy for their children, their husbands and fight for their rights, in defense of their own lives. They are intrinsic female fighters, even more when they are threatened or when to threaten someone whom they love.

They search within their shattered heart at times a great power, embodied and rooted in faith which is felt and experienced. When speaking with young or more experienced women, all without exception demonstrate an intimate link with God and His mother, especially Our Lady of Guadalupe: “every morning I come here in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe and place my life and my families to give thanks and ask for protection.” “She is always with me,” stated Ester, a refugee living in Casa del Migrante, Juárez, Mexico City.

Forced migration
According to the annual report of theUnited Nations Population Fund(UNFPA), women constitute almost half of all international migrants worldwide: 95 million, or 49.6%.
The migratory causes are due to violence of organized crime, gangs, domestic violence in which they try to escape and flee. There are many who flee from their countries without looking back, and experience the worst of migrations, in a forced manner. The only thing they bring with them is the desire for safety and those of their families. Their desire to protect life, self-sufficiency and have tranquility. Little by little they will be empowered, courageous, capable to do anything to obtain peace, together with their children and a decent job.

The reasons arevery strong for women to stop their activities in order to protect their lives and those of their children. They are migrants, workers, fighters and warriors who leave the little that they own for a vital question. The migratory risk is very large and violent, but it is the only means to be alive.

Marian Magdalena, 55 years old, from Honduras, her face is sad downcast. She has 7 children, the youngest is 27 years old, he was threatened and kidnapped back home, presently he is with her. They fled from the organized crime and persecution. Another son who is 29 years of age was killed by gang members. Fear increasingly overtakes them while in their country. This person had a shop and worked with dignity, she was pursued and had to give all her money to the gang (Mara) in her country. She brings with her the reports of death threats and the confirmation of her son’s kidnapping for to apply for asylum in the United States. God has been her consolation, she has strong faith that everything will go well and that she will be able to begin a new life in New York.

One of the dangers: Human Trafficking
According to the international organization on Labor (ILO), in all the world “there are 2.45 million trafficking victims who work in exploitive conditions. Estimated, every year there are between 600,000 and 800,000 women, men and children who are trafficked across international borders; of these, 80% are women and girls.” These are forced into prostitution sex, domestic chores not legalized, or work in factories where they are exploited.
Although trafficking of persons constitutes today the illicit trade that ranks third among the most lucrative, after the smuggling of drugs and weapons, profits are estimated between 7,000 and 12,000 million U.S. dollars per year. According to the estimations from ILO, once the victims have entered the country of destination, the syndicates receives another 32,000 million dollars annually, half in industrialized countries and one third in Asian countries.
Juana is 24 years of age from Honduras, a mother of a 3-year-old son, named Augusto. She sharedher experience and her journey in Mexico. She shared that she was trafficked and fled during a shootout between the police and her kidnappers. Juana received 8 bullets and one went through her neck and out her left eye. Upon speaking about her traumatic experience, tears began to flow from upon her face, she could no longer continue sharing her personal trauma.

The dream is on the other side
 St. Ireneo lived in the 2nd century, and had a personal expression: the glory of God is the life of man “and women”. The glory of God is the life of children, the life of migrants, foreigners, orphans and widows with a special attention.  There is no greater glory for a father to see the realization of his children. It is with this hope and confidence in God and in the Virgin Mary, that migrants leave in search of a better life and security, working on “the other side”, crossing the border to reach the United States. We cannot deny the humanitarian crisis that in recent years has caused thousands of people to migrate in all types of immigration: by train, on foot through the mountains, deserts, and difficult roads. However, there is a human and divine force that makes them leave in search of their dreams and their goals in order to find the “promised land” and begin a new life, although it is not easy “on the other side”, but it is an opportunity. On this route it is perceived as a large family of sons and daughters of God fighting for a more dignified full life. “I want to live and learn about the U.S.A, I have hope that I will concretizing my dream, and God willing, I attain it”, said Helena, a migrant from Guatemala. And as Pope Francis stated to women:  Your delicate, sensitivity and tenderness particular qualities enrich the feminine spirit, and represents not only a genuine force for the life of families, but the reality of the human vocation”.

Sr. Nyzelle Juliana Dondé, mscs
Servizio Itinerante – MSCS
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua- Messico
Translated to English: Sr. Noemia Silva, mscs
Foto: Sr. Nyzelle Juliana Dondé, mscs

Believing in the promise and in God’s blessing

First Communication for the VIIº Congregational Course for Formators

The VIIº Congregational Course for Formators from February 1 until February 15, 2019, was held in San Carlos Eventos e Hospedagems, Jundiaí, SP. This has the objective, “ To believe in the promise and in God’s blessing who precedes us to indicate the way. ”
The encounter is under the responsibility of the Superior General and Councilors, coordinated by Sr. Etra Modica, General Animator for Formation.

The course started with the Eucharistic Celebration in the Chapel of the Events Center, with30 participants. This was followed by the opening session, informations, and the integration of the participants. The Sisters were then invited to join the pilgrimage at the Santuario de Nuestra Señora Aparecida, for the intensification of Marian Spirituality. Then Consecrated Life Day was celebrated, then knowing better the history and the elements that constitute the religiosity, expressed in varied arts, in panels, in mosaics, comprising the Sanctuary’s religious complex.

The pedagogical keys for the personalized accompaniment of the initial formation, were deepened on the 2nd and the 3rd days, at the Vocational Center Auditorium of San Carlos in Aparecida. The topic was presented by Professor Eduardo Cardozo, an expert in the field of the education, oriented principally on the topics of the youth, the juvenile culture, and the leading role of the educative projects. He concluded this on Sunday morning, working on the identity and the profile of the religious consecrated life formator for young people, taking the forms as procedual, gradual and integral, confronting the challenges of the formation in the post-modern era, giving special attention to a humanized formation.

On Sunday afternoon, we visited the Novices and the Sisters at San Carlos Novitiate in Potim, where we shared our moments of fraternal encounter, knowing the physical space of the formation house, and the day was concluded with the Eucharistic Celebration at the Sanctuary.

On February 4, we initiated the day with the Eucharistic Celebration of the renewal of the Vows of Sr. Vitorinha Bernardino Albuquerque in the Centro Vocacional San Carlos Chapel. The morning was closed taking on the elements that constituted the general phases of formation. Later, the group returned to Jundiaí in order to give continuity to the established programming that will be extended until February 15.

 

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Global Compact: “the entire planet feels the need to treat the issue of migrants in a unified manner”

Rome “The Global Compact on immigration testifies that the entire planet feels the need to treat the issue of migrants in a unified manner. This is a theme to be considered without the political borders of the globe, but with real physical borders. The planisphere should be seen not on the side of national colors, but with the eyes of those who are forced to travel to seek better conditions of life”. as stated by Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, general superior of the Scalabrinian Missionaries, a congregation that since its foundation deals with the care of migrants.

The “Global Compact for Migration” is the agreement the UN wanted in order to give a global response to the problem of migration. Signed by more than 190 countries in 2016, at the UN General Assembly in New York, and reaffirmed at the Assembly last September, it has the principle that the issue of migration should be tackled at a global level, through a network of international collaboration for the reception of migrants and refugees. There is talk of a disciplined, safe, regular and responsible migration, providing a series of commitments by all countries to protect the rights and needs of those forced to flee. The main points include the fight against xenophobia, exploitation and human trafficking; the strengthening of integration systems, humanitarian assistance, development programs and border procedures, respecting international law.

“It is the story of the human being to say that migration brings positive effects in the communities they welcome”, continues the general superior. Migration brings dialogue, exchange and is the basis of the true Christian soul. It is advisable that countries like Italy, with a deep migratory history, are aware of this and participate actively in supporting the Global Compact. This has an even greater value in light of the recent International Migrants Day, where the Pontiff recalled how Jesus knows the pain of not being welcomed very well”.

During the Angelus  Pope Francis praised the approval of the Global compact with these words: “Last week the Global Compact for Safe, Ordinary and Regular Migration was approved in Marrakech, Morocco, which intends to be a reference framework for the entire international community. I therefore hope that it will work with responsibility, solidarity and compassion towards those who, for various reasons, have left their country, and I entrust this intention to your prayers”.