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”.

Chaire Gynai: Buon Natale e Sereno Anno Nuovo

Feast of the Venerable Servant of God, Fr. Joseph Marchetti

Today, we celebrate the memory of our beloved Co-founder, Father Joseph Marchetti, for whom we can well attribute the Gospel text of the Beatitudes:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you”.
(Mt. 5:3-12)

Fr. Joseph was a faithful disciple who allowed himself to be sanctified by Jesus Christ, a disciple who knew the love of God and followed Him with all his heart, with all his mind and with all his will. Still, officially, we know that we cannot call Fr. Joseph Marchetti holy, however, but we know his intense life of holiness; being a saint is a mission, a project of the Father to reflect and incarnate, at a given moment in history, an aspect of the Gospel. In fact, he assumed the evangelical imperative, I was a stranger and you welcomed me as a compass of his life, devoting himself totally to the migratory world, he made migrants the center of his life and, moved by this, he did not measure efforts to find any means to reduce at least the suffering of the settlers, in the farmland of his time, in the state of St. Paul.

Today, we are looking at him as a model, of those who have incarnated the Scalabrinian charism. We treasure the orientation to centralize our life in the One who was his most precious asset and who made a constituent the fourth vow: do not lose even a quarter of time of his time, being driven by the love of God, he lived his existence available for God and for his brothers. No one has a greater love than this: to give his life for his friends, so, here, it is ultimately the model of holiness that Fr. Joseph left us to be friends of God and of neighbor until the end of his gifted life.

Our co-founder in just two years of life, has created works that still alive today; his audacity, his fervor, his enthusiasm, his apostolic zeal were expressions of his belief that He, the Lord was present in the smallest, in the poorest, in the marginalized; he has given himself body and soul to God and to his brothers, sanctifying himself and his life made up of many small daily details and has left us a missionary lifestyle, ready to the intimacy with the Lord and of service to the brothers, so that every instant of Fr. Joseph was a spark of love, a step for sanctification.

Dear Sisters, Formands and friends, desire the Lord, through the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God, Fr. Joseph Marchetti, that each of us can welcome the Word of God and let ourselves be transformed by the same Word and to be in the world of migrations, signs of meekness, humility, goodness, peace, consolation: just as Fr. Joseph Marchetti, Venerable servant of God. In a particular way, we entrust to our Co-founder, the provincial governments, those who are concluding their mission today and the new governments that today begin the mission for the next four years: that they may be assisted and be led by the Holy Spirit.

Happy Feast Day to all.

Message on the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, Patron of the Congregation

Rome, 4 November 2018
“Called to be holy” (Rom 1.7).

 

Dear Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, Formands and Lay Scalabrinian Missionaries,

Every Scalabrinian Missionary Sister should be proud to have St. Charles Borromeo as the Patron of the Congregation, especially in this historical time of our Congregation, full of changes, such as the internal reorganization process in view of a profound renewal of our consecrated and missionary life, in centrality to Jesus Christ, so as to be more faithful to the Scalabrinian charism that we have received.

It is not easy to make a synthesis of the intense life of St. Charles, from which a figure emerges animated by the charism of the good shepherd who, without pretending to see ostentatious results, offers his life with zeal. The same zeal moved him in the decision to undertake a reform of the Church and a serious journey of interior reform and holiness, to conform more and more to our Lord Jesus. In fact, he promoted the first and most radical work of renewal with  regard to himself. Thus, he was able to dedicate his whole self to the service of God and of the Church.

However, one could not understand the figure of our patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo, if one did not know his relationship with the passionate love of  the Lord Jesus, the trusting love contemplated in the Eucharist and in the beloved Crucified, who plunged St. Charles into the charity of Christ.

The exemplary life of St. Charles, the impact of his work as a pastor and as a reformer proved convincing and attractive are the result of the intensity of his love for the crucified Christ. His greatness is born out of the depth of his faith and the totality of his dedication to the mission received: in a Word, by his Holiness.

Dear Sisters, we too are called by grace to follow Jesus Christ in this singular and necessary form of fruitfulness, which “generates Christ” in ourselves and in the migrants and refugees we encounter on our journey as disciples and missionaries.

We are invited to turn our gaze to St. Charles, model of holiness and apostolic zeal, whose example inspires us and motivates us to live our call to holiness, knowing that the vocation to holiness must be discerned, understood, welcomed and nurtured and “so, under the impulse of divine grace, with so many gestures we are building that figure of holiness that God willed for us, but not beings self-sufficient but ‘as good stewards of the manifold grace of God’ (1 Pt. 4:10)”.[1]

With joy, I wish you all a Happy Feast of our Patron and be inspired of him, so that every community, every apostolic work take strength and fecundity. Happy Feast Day!

 

Sr. Neusa de Fatima Mariano, mscs

Superior General, the Council and the Secretary General

 

 

[1] Francis, Apostolic Exhortation,  Gaudete et exsultate, n.18

MSCS inaugurates New Home for Women Refugees and Migrants

The Chaire Gynai inaguration

Two new welcome homes  will be inaugurated on 30th September 2018, at 4:30 p.m. in Rome  that shelter  women refugees with children and for migrants in situations of vulnerability.  It is called “Chaire Gynai”, a Greek phrase that stands for “Welcome, Woman”.

 

The New Initiative

The initiative was made possible not only by the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinian, but also by the Dicastery of the Holy See for the Integral Human Development Service (Migrant and Refugee Section) and by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the UISG (International Union of Superior General) and the CEI (Italian Catholic Bishop Conference). Together with the Scalabrinians,  also involved are the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who made their two houses,  available and with other female religious Congregations who also, contribute to the success of the project.

 

A Home for Women towards complete integration

The two homes (among the first of the kind in Italy) are located in 506 Pinetta Sacchetti Street  and No. 5 Michele Mercati Street.  Women who have already obtained the recognition of refugee status in Italy or who may regulate their migratory status are the beneficiaries. This also include women for which documents can be transformed to the certain type of necessary residence permit. The migratns and refugees can stay for a period ranging from 6 months to a maximum of a year, until they have achieved complete autonomy and integration.

 

The first who were welcomed

Among the first group of women who are welcomed were from Syria, Uganda, Senegal, Congo, Cameroon, Ethiopia, India and Burindi who are being accompanied and have series of professional paths that they do which  are useful in a process of integration. There are professionals who assist them and one is an expert lawyer of human rights.  At present,  there are about 17 womenadults and 7 children inthis project.

 

Working with migrants,  a great grace that confirms our mission

“For us, working with migrants is a great grace that confirms our mission. We thank Pope Francis for his call and his call to the whole world, inviting us to assume what is his heart, that is, migrants and refugees with children, my gratitude  also to the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who generously opened their houses and with us, together, we can manage and administer the project; we also express our sincere thanks to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Dicastery of the Holy See for the Integral Human Development Service (Migrant and Refugee Section), the CEI who are the protagonists of this great project, as well as the UISG (Union International Superior General). Between us there is a great collaboration to promote and  support the migrants “, explains Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, Superior General of the Scalabrinians. “Welcoming, protecting, promoting, integrating are the four guide verbs for Pope Francis and they are the four verbs that guide our pastoral choices, because no one should feel like a stranger, we are all sons and daughters of the same Father”, she added.

 

Supporting Women towards integration and professional enhancement

“We value the principle of human dignity, the right to freedom and equality, the enhancement of people and their protection – explains Sr. Eleia Scariot, Scalabrinian, the directress of the project. Our goal is to support women in their path of integration and professional enhancement. The basis is the redemption of hope: these women receive human and professional help and support, living experiences of co-existence, the enjoyment and the spirituality that revitalize help to redeem themselves, often wounded during their migratory journey. And at the same time, these women and their children can contribute to the construction of a different society, here in the Roman territory where they are inserted”.

 

Living the Legacy, our Story

The Congregation of the Misisonary Sisters of St. Charles – Scalabrinian was founded  in Piacenza in 1895 to respond the migratory phenomenon that time and the missionaries are currently present in 26 countries around the world. They are engaged in pastoral activity and have the direct assistance of migrants in emergency situations; in the formative projects, in the accompaniment, in the processes of re-elaboration of identity and integration in the territory; in pastoral support; in teaching the language; and as an active protagonist of the same subjects on human mobility.

 

 

For Details, contact  

Project Location:  “Chaire Gynai – Benvenuta Donna”

Via della Pineta Sacchetti, 506 • Roma – Italia

tel.: 0039.06.3050218   e-mail: direttrice.chairegynai@gmail.com

SIS – Scalabrinian Information Services

Missionary Sisters of St. Charles – Scalabrinian

Sr. Elizabeth Pedernal, mscs –  389 145 2515 (English)

Sr. Rosina Martins, mscs – +39 389  929 0918 (Portuguese)

Giampiero Valenza – +39 349  744 2938 (Italian)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MSCS realized interprovincial meeting

“The Provinces of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles, Scalabrinians based in Brazil, (Our Lady of Aparecida, Immaculate Conception, Christ the King and Mary, Mother of the Migrants) welcomed with joy and with great hope the decisions taken during the inter-provincial meeting; the proposal of the internal reorganization of the congregation is a commitment of all “. This is what the provincial superiors of the 4 Provinces wrote in a note, the protagonists in the creation of the new Province of South America and Africa, at the end of a meeting held between August 31st and September 2nd, in Jundiai – Sao Paulo, Brazil. It has been decided that the Province will be called Mary, Mother of Migrants, that its headquarters will be in São Paulo, Brazil. “We pray that the Spirit of God will continue to enlighten us and to give us the gift of Wisdom in every step and every decision for the configuration of the Province of South America and Africa,” the provincial superiors continue.

Read more details: Communication 10.09: Interprovincial Meeting, Brazil 

CSEM completes 30 years of foundation, launches a new institutional website

The Centro Scalabriniano de Estudos Migratórios-CSEM, based in Brasilia, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018!

To mark this special celebration, the CSEM refashion its visual identity and design that retained its meaning, brought a touch of modernity to the trademark’s colors, traits and main elements.

With an interdisciplinary and intercultural perspective, the trademark seeks to transmit welcoming and openness to others, highlighting the diversified, complex and multiform human mobility. The trademark promotes the design of the world as an international symbol, exhibiting human elements of the most varied races, classes, ages, sex. Giving priority in the center of the world, highlights the breadth and union of people of different nationalities. The design reflects a simple and minimalist style, facilitating the application of the trademark in printed and digital media.

The Center also launches a trademark new portal, dynamic and adapted to the various mobile devices. These actions aim to strengthen CSEM’s mission to “foster, produce and disseminate scientific and interdisciplinary knowledge on migration from a perspective of respect and prophetic promotion of human dignity towards a just world where no one is a foreigner.”

Access:  www.csem.org.br!

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.

This is the work of Divine Providence all along, to broaden the MSCS base of opportunities for vocations and mission in Asia.

The Context

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is a city in southern Vietnam. It is recognized for the crucial role it played in the Vietnam War. In the time following the end of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese migration involved refugees and other humanitarian migrants largely taken in by Western and neighboring Southeast Asian countries, and included as well, student and labor migrant flows headed to Vietnam’s communist allies. Despite the fact that war and conflict pushed the majority of Vietnamese migration in the second half of the 20th century, Vietnam’s fast economic growth has motored migration to and from the country. Today, as Vietnam’s cities rapidly modernize, the number of migrants pouring into the country is astonishing. Estimates have it that in Ho Chi Minh City, the number of migrants is nearly 30 percent of its population.

Incidentally, Vietnam has the fifth largest Catholic population in Asia, after the Philippines, India, China and Indonesia. After the political opening of the country at the end of the 1980s, a great number of religious congregations of European origin arrived in Vietnam to find communities. This took place, especially, in Ho Chi Minh City (south) and at Vinh (north), which are the two dioceses which have the largest Catholic population. Many young Vietnamese from large Catholic families enthusiastically embrace religious life, particularly attracted to apostolic congregations and to a lesser extent to institutes of contemplative life.

A statement of the 3 DG Scalabrinian Family: open the doors to our brothers

A statement on the current migratory situation of the General Direction of the Missionaries of St. Charles – Scalabrinians, the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo – Scalabrinians and the Scalabrinian Secular Missionaries, at the conclusion of their annual meeting, held in Rome from July 1 to 3, 2018:

Migration is an epochal phenomenon that is shaking the structures of many nations at all levels. It is certainly a problem, which results from the sum of many problems, but like all problems it depends on us to turn it into a tragedy or a richness. The history of the peoples has been made by great waves of migration, and today we have the chance to live one, with the advantage of being able to read the causes and the effects on the global level and therefore also to obtain a surplus of humanity. We must become the actors of a progress in the consciousness of human dignity proper to every man, we can contribute to the reform of a general framework in which human ecology is inserted in the ecology of nature.

We believe that the four verbs with which Pope Francis, on this year’s World Migrant’s Day, are gaining more and more relevance, he has asked peoples and nations to address the issue of migrants by becoming: Welcoming, protecting, promoting, integrating.

There is a big obstacle on this path, and it is fear, fear of losing one’s well-being, fear of losing one’s identity, fear of the other.  It is a profound sentiment that must be heard, nonetheless, to help overcome it: the fear leads to closure and closure leads to death.

Numerous press and media reinvigorate this fear, intensifying negative facts and completely ignoring the respectable welcome and integration practices that arise almost everywhere, especially from voluntary work.

If we want to pursue the path of happiness, which is the path that seeks every human heart, we must pursue the path of fraternity, renewing and actualizing today the appeal with which St. John Paul II opened his pontificate: open the doors to Christ.

Today we are called to repeat the same cry: open the doors to our brothers and sisters.