Migrants, the Scalabrinian mission begins in Lesbos

For the second consecutive year, the itinerant mission of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters has started on the island of Lesbos to help and support the thousands of refugees arriving from the Middle East and Africa who are seeking hope and salvation in Europe. Thanks to the collaboration with the Community Sant’Egidio, this initiative is possible and an agreement leading to the activation of a series of initiatives in Italy and the rest of the world. The Lesbos mission is one of these and has as protagonist the European Province St. Joseph. “The welcoming and the availability of the community Sant’Egidio are distinctive signs for us and are the possibility of a more articulated action for our service and to be in communion with migrants and refugees. Also, thanks to them we are able to set out towards the others – says Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, general superior of the Scalabrinian Sisters, a Congregation that since its foundation has as a mission the service to the migrant person – Thanks to them we will be there for the second consecutive year, offering assistance on this border area, where the request for help rises stronger. Throughout the summer, we will be with them, and we will extend a hand to families, mothers, fathers, and to the little ones”. This is an initiative that the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters have promoted in the perspective of an “outgoing Church,” just as Pope Francis asked. The nine sisters will remain in Lesbos for a few months and will take turns in helping migrants in this border area on the Greek island opposite Turkey. The focus of their attention will be the Moria camp, a place where thousands of refugees live in degrading conditions that put their lives at risk. “This experience is a response to the Pontiff’s call to go to the human peripheries. In Moria, there is a continuous alarm to which we all must respond,” continues Sister Neusa. For Sister Milva Caro, provincial superior of Europe, “the emergency calls again all of us to mobilize to help the migrants who have never stopped crowding the Mediterranean routes.” It may no longer make the headlines, but thousands of people, women, and unaccompanied children, are still looking for a breach towards hope,” she adds. “Missionary activity is fundamental not only to respond to basic needs but also to give comfort, which is essential for those who have left everything behind and have often seen their dearest ones fall along the way.”

Feast of Blessed Scalabrini, the message of the General Superior

The message of Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, Superior General, for the Feast of Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini.

Prot. 270 – English – Message Scalabrini Feast 2021

International Women’s Day, Scalabrinians: Covid does not shut down on violence and abuse

“Covid cannot make one to turn a blind eye to an unprecedented economic and social crisis and human trafficking that continues to distinguish the poorest countries in the world. More than one in two migrant women are victims of psychological and physical abuse and almost four out of ten have been subjected to torture. These numbers should make it clear how helping women, who find themselves in situations of vulnerability, in Italy, as in the rest of the world, is one of the priorities to be followed even during this pandemic period”. This is said by Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, Superior General of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, a congregation that since their foundation has been involved in assisting the migrants, on the occasion of International Women’s Day which is celebrated today, 8 March. The data is based on a study by the Ismu Foundation / The tree of life on values ​​from 2019.

“These numbers testify that in the agenda of political decision-makers there cannot be only the management of the coronavirus emergency, although it is a priority and important – she continues – Women have a fundamental role in the family, in the development of children, in the desire for redemption and growth that distinguish this historical moment. Thanks to the intentions of the Holy Father, we have created ‘timed’ shelters, such as those opened in Rome by the ‘Chaire Gynai’ project, where we allow people in fragile and semi-autonomous conditions to be able to integrate and live a whole new colorful life. If on the one hand the social network wants to welcome, integrate, protect and promote, on the other it is opportune that the countries around the world decide a clear approach in the fight against human trafficking and violence against women.

Protecting them means protecting life, always, because a world without women would be sterile, because they know how to look at everything with maternal eyes that see beyond and are capable of giving birth to solidarity and universal fraternity from within the same drama of emigration, in view of new heavens and a new earth! Thanks to all the women who dedicate themselves to defend the life and dignity of the feminine condition, made vulnerable by exploitation and injustice”

International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 2021 – Read the prayer and the message

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 2021 brings into the spotlight one of the main causes of human trafficking: the dominant economic model of our time, whose limits and contradictions are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Human trafficking is an integral part of “this economy”: victims of trafficking are as “commodities” falling into the mechanisms of a globalization ruled by financial speculation and competition spurred by below-cost pricing. Hence the need for a “structural and global”
perspective of human trafficking so as to dismantle those wicked mechanisms that fuel the supply and demand of “people to exploit”, because the very heart of the economy is sick.

An aphorism attributed to Oscar Wilde states that the cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing, this economy seems dominated by cynicism: not only does the market fix the price of commodities, services and persons, but also what is
even more appalling is that the price sets their value. Businesses themselves are victim of this, because financial markets rank them based on their share price, not on the added value produced by their human capital.

Human trafficking is only the tip of an iceberg, the magnifying lens of distress caused by the dominating neoliberalism that relies on a (false) idea of economic freedom that considers any ethical, social and political circumstance as irrelevant and a hurdle. However, the opposite is true, in fact, an economy without human trafficking is an economy that values and cares for the human being and nature, is inclusive and does not exploit the most vulnerable.

This perspective has led the International Committee of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking to take part in “The economy of Francesco”: a large movement of young economists, entrepreneurs and change-makers convened by Pope
Francis from all over the world to share ideas and plan initiatives for promoting integral and sustainable human development in the spirit of Francis.

Read the prayer and the message of Sr Neusa de Fatima Mariano, General Superior.

Celebration of the death anniversary of our Co-founder, the Venerable Servant of God, Father Joseph Marchetti

Message of the Superior General of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, to celebrate the birth in heaven of our co-founder, the venerable Father Joseph Marchetti.

MSCS presence in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Asia Delegation of the MSCS sent off its first two missionaries to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, namely, Sister Teresa Mercado and Sister Eufrocina Sumampong, on August 3, 2018, two days before the official opening of the first MSCS community in the country on August 6, date when the two Sisters will be received by the host institution and will have settled in their residence.

Vietnam ISP

Mission in Taiwan

Hundreds of thousands of migrants from all over Asia work in industrial production in Taiwan, with many, even after so many years of work experience, remain relegated to low-paid service jobs, mainly due to their low level of education. In Taiwan, the studies, in particular engineering, are the key to professional success and progression in social scale.

Mission in Taiwan

Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, Patron of the Congregation Vocation Promotion Day in our Congregation

The letter of Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano – Letter