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“The Congregation dedicates itself to Christian education as a basic way of carrying out its specific mission, because Christian education helps human beings grow on all levels and makes them capable of giving a conscious and free response, as befits children of God, to the plan the Father has for them personally and for the world” (Constitutions of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, 115).
The Scalabrinian Congregation undertakes Christian education as a special way of promoting the “new”, especially for those who are in their formative period. Scalabrinian Sisters’ schools in their various contexts and countries have the main aim of building up a more humane, welcoming, soldidary and fraternal society, which hands on culture, but above all educates in faith and life. The values of tolerance, acceptance of differences and friendship therefore permeate relations among members of the educational community.
The incorporation of schools into the Integrated Scalabrinian Education Network has made it possible to give a specific character to education, fixing its special features in what stimulates the very values of “Scalabrinianity”. Regular meetings have the aim of continuing the training of educators on the local, provincial, interprovincial and regional levels, bearing in great consideration the educational dream of Bishop Scalabrini, Father Joseph and Mother Assunta Marchetti, who saw education as one of the main ways of human promotion, cultural development and the capacity to understand ourselves and others.
According to article 116 of the MSCS Sisters’ Constitutions, Scalabrinian schools are updated cultural centers which, in their dynamic teaching methods, try to produce consciences that promote life and attitudes of respect to it. The curricula are therefore rich in elements that lead students to love of God and neighbor – who, in the Scalabrinian perspective, is the neediest migrant, in other words someone met along the way, who calls to the joy of living together and sharing gifts, culture and life.
One of the great challenges to Scalabrinian educators is that of using every means of promoting welcoming and serene relations between educators and students, especially encouraging the latter to an encounter with others, even if they are different in their ethnic, cultural, social, religious and economic manifestations – differences that carry with them traces of the mystery of God as made flesh in Jesus Christ. Again in the Scalabrinian perspective, welcome supposes that space is given to the other so as to walk side by side with him or her, together facing the problems of humankind, developing a culture of peace and tolerance, learning the rules of living well together and harmonizing differences in a process of true freedom.
The quality of the education provided means that our schools are a laboratory of fraternal life in common, a cry of hope in a more humane, harmonious and friendly world, and hence a world more able to bring people to their final goal, “that they may be one, even as we are one” (John 17:11), for “so then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:17).