Formation receives the utmost priority in the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and so it does in our province too! Young girls who desire to offer themselves in total to the Lord and for the salvation of the young are encouraged, invited and accompanied with care within the spirit of the Salesian joy and Charismatic self giving. Finding desiring young persons, promoting their interest and accompanying them in their life choices is what we call Vocation Promotion and the Vocation Promoter chosen for Province level coordination, carry out this all important ministry. The Vocation Promoter in specific takes care of the occasional contacts with the persons interested and the annual camp through which the interested candidates are facilitated to embark upon the journey of joining themselves into the Institute, responding to the Divine call.
Filled with passion for God and compassion for the young, following the motto of Don Bosco “Give me souls and Take away the rest”, the six undaunted pioneers from Italy - Sr. Teresa Balestra - a skilful teacher to the catechists, Sr. Catherine Marnetto rich in the knack of management of people and things, Sr.Maria Angeleri with tender care for the sick, Sr. Luigiana Appiano strong willed in her fidelity to the rules, Sr. Consiglia Tarricone an exquisite builder not only with bricks but human hearts and Sr. Teresa Merlo a good organizer set their foot on the sacred soil of Tanjavur on 22 November 1922. Following their foot prints today there are 91 Novices, 205 temporarily Professed, 1154 perpetually professed Sisters working in 195 houses belonging to 7 Provinces in India.
Access to quality education (includes non-formal, supplementary, special coaching, migrant children etc.) Type of activities No of centers Male Female Total SC ST Others No of facilitators Evening study centers / Supplementary 86 1042 1180 2222 1262 0 960 94 Bridge school 04 - 58 58 32 26 - 6 Special coaching - - - - - - - - Migrant children 02 - 53 53 22 18 13 NIOS - - - - - - - - Children sponsorship for education 07 60 277 337 142 43 25 - Any other? - - - - - - - - Any special highlights / significant changes / innovative programmes? A.1Celebration of Malala Day Malala day was celebrated in 5 centers and the linked 2 Government Schools as a means to create awareness and emphasize upon the education of the girls.
Cine stars and Sports stars have become the icons of the day. Well, there is another category of stars: "the Sanctity stars". There are several constellations of them shining in the firmament of the Church. Each constellation may have many stars. Each star may twinkle with a brightness of its own, but those of the same constellation will have something common in their glow. Just like the members of the same family resemble one another even though each one is unique, the saints of the same religious family possess certain characteristic features fashioned by their common spirit, charism and spirituality.
Among the"Sanctity stars"of the Salesian constellation we find men and women, priests, clerics, bishops, martyrs, missionaries, religious and lay people and even teenagers. They practiced the simple Christian spirituality as lived and taught by Don Bosco. It consists in encountering God in the day to day life and Sacraments, love for Mary and the Church and concern and care for others- all of which practiced in an atmosphere of joy, cheerfulness, optimism and family spirit. Following the teachings of St. Francis de Sales that holiness is within the reach of all, Don Bosco proved that it is attainable even by young people. In the galaxy of Salesian family members who have reached this goal shine also teenagers who were guided by Don Bosco and his followers.
The Sector for Administration assumes animation for the management aspect of the educational mission of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and in particular for what refers to the handling of economic resources and goods. In line with the choices of the entire Institute, we seek to animate the communities to an ever greater openness toward the international aspect with particular attention to the increasing areas of poverty. Faithful to the ideas of our Founders, we want to sustain a mentality, behavior and actions that promote solidarity and development. The last General Chapter re-affirmed the urgency of the prophetic witness to poverty and the educational option for young people most in need. An ever more pronounced journey of the communion of goods will educate us to make gestures of alternative evangelical choices as opposed to the present consumerism.