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“The new needs of peoples require new treatment and endless concern in order to implant the Christian spirit in children, strengthening their will in the good, illuminating their consciences and turning them to righteousness, ennobling their sentiments, and, according to the beautiful expression of the Apostle, forming Jesus Christ in their souls” (Blessed Scalabrini, Pastoral Letter to the Clergy and People of Piacenza on the Teaching of the Catechism, April 23, 1876).
As MSCS Sisters carry out their mission, they place catechesis at the basis of their apostolic action, striving to adapt it to the spirituality of the recipients, a people on pilgrimage in faith and hope, and the subject of a special role in the Father’s plan.
They thus undertake this pastoral ministry as a systematic, progressive and ongoing process of education in the faith that opens people up to communion with Jesus Christ and fidelity in the missionary task.
The first challenge of the Scalabrinian missionary vocation, rooted in baptism and the charism, is recognition of the call to bear witness to the love with which the Father loves migrants, and this service is a commitment for those who dedicate themselves to the mission in the context of human mobility.
Evangelization is always a priority task in MSCS Sisters’ missionary action, regardless of the actual situation into which they are incorporated because of the need – a need becoming apparent everywhere – to be where migrants live, work, suffer and pray, building the history of salvation with them, constantly offering awareness-raising programs, so that the whole Church, from small communities to the hierarchy, undertakes the mission among migrants and refugees, and lastly organizing operational approaches capable of affecting both the church context and the broader educational, cultural or social context.
By allowing themselves to be evangelized by the fruitful presence of migrants and by sharing with them the condition of “migrant”, the Sisters strive in their pastoral action to harmonize interculturality, the ecumenical path, interreligious dialogue and ongoing education in the faith with an appropriate catechesis adapted to the needs of migrants’ situation.