Corso congregazionale di formazione permanente

Manaus, 25 July 2019. We continued  our journey of ongoing formation in the heart of Amazonia, a cultural and spiritual richness, which  replenished us with joy, faith and hope every day. Our formation was intense, filled by MSCS spirituality and fraternal coexistence, as a group.

We were drinking from the Source, through people who helped us understand the migratory reality, not only of the Amazon; this place is extremely important, both because it is a sacred place and because of our missionary presence with many ethnic groups.

With joy we celebrated several moments, undoubtedly the most important were the Eucharistic celebrations, with the presence of the Church of Manaus through the priests and bishops of this archdiocese.

For this course very rich contents were prepared, thanks also to the collaboration of our sisters, we were more updated and had grown more: on co-founders, biblical knowledge (migrations in the Holy Scriptures), spirituality and mission (charisma), our sources (Traditio), our pillars (welcome, itinerancy and communion in diversity) and our relationships (humanization).

We have been offered different opportunities for encounters, including knowing the mission of our Sisters and our confreres, the LMS group. We had a beautiful cultural night with dances and typical foods, moments of integration and knowledge of good and welcoming people.

We had some visits, which are excited and had enriched us as missionaries, including that of Archbishop Sérgio Eduardo Castriani, who in his simplicity, wisdom and the fragility of his illness came to give us his blessing, presented us the evangelization plan of the archdiocese and thanked for our presence in his diocese.

We have received several messages, which have motivated us to continue to see in the other the image of the Migrant Christ who walks with his people, as pilgrim  in search of something more.

Our thanks to Sr. Maria Lélis da Silva – Provincial Superior of PMMM for her encouraging message and to all other communities: our thanks for the unity, the prayer and the opportunity to be here.

Our gratitude to all the teams present here who have accomplished their task so that everything can be realized in the best way.

Our thanks are given to the commitment of each participant present, especially Sr. Etra Modica, General Animator of  Formation, and Sr. Carolina França, Provincial Councilor who did her best, so that each of us would feel better.

We thank God for giving us the opportunity to see the wonders he created, here in this territory, so far and yet so close.

Sr. Andri Vilas Boas e Sr. Emiliane Diogo

Responsible for Communication

 

 

Congregational Ongoing Formation Course

Dear Sisters, formands and LMS,

Motivated by the theme of our Congregational Ongoing Formation Course, Reinchantment  for Jesus Christ and strengthening our gratitude to God for the trust placed in us and, with the slogan “We want to come with you, because we have seen that God is with you”(Zc 8: 23),

With the spirit of gratitude to God, who is faithful and continues to call, counting on our faithful response, we began this time of grace, the congregational ongoing formation with the warm arrival of 38 participating sisters from various parts of Brazil and of the world. Our heart is tranforming as in the heart of Amazonia – Manaus – a place of natural riches and faces marked by the diversity of cultures and ethnic groups; we are in the time when the whole Church is looking at the Amazon, after the convocation of Pope Francis for the Synod that will take place in October, with the theme: “Amazonia, new paths for the Church for an integral ecology”.

On the 9th   of July, we were welcomed by the General Animator of Formation, Sr. Etra Modica, who conveyed to the participants the unity of the general government by reading the message of the Superior General, Sr. Neusa de Fatima Mariano; the Provincial Councilors – Sr. Lucilene Carolina de França and Sr. Vicentina Roque dos Santos expressed their joy and gratitude for the realization of this course. Sr. Carolina introduced us to the local reality, she informed us about the beauties we would have experienced in Manaus and the different faces we would have met, faces marked by migratory stories. The course began with the Eucharistic celebration, the mystery of God’s love and the apex of the Christian view and of our missionary and consecrated life.

For our first day, we did a city tour to get to know the beauties of the city, its exuberant nature, landscapes and faces, the buildings so significant for this people. We visited the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Conception and at the feet of Mary we handed over our days of formation, the needs of our congregation and of the migrants.

With Fr. Leonardo Agostini Fernandes, we had the opportunity to deepen our knowledge of the person of Jesus Christ, his centrality in our lives and our conformation. These study days were also characterized by group work to deepen the Word of God, listening and sharing the needs and appeals that God makes us, in the mission entrusted to us and in the reality that each one lives. With a heart full of hope and certain of God’s great love for us, we continued our formation journey, deepening the lives of those who preceded us, responded by giving their lives, Blessed Assunta Marchetti and the Venerable Fr. Giuseppe Marchetti, animated by our Sister,  Sr. Leocadia Mezzomo.

Our meeting will continue with joy and commitment. We thank the communities that have cheered us with their messages. We are in unity with each Sister.

Sisters Andri Vilas Boas, mscs and Emiliane Diogo, mscs

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