BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR CONGREGATION
Our religious family has its origin in the heart and mind of St. John Bosco and in the creative fidelity with which St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello and her Sisters assumed the project he intended, that of being called ‘Daughters of Mary Help of Christians’ (Salesian Sisters), a living monument of gratitude to his Madonna.
At the persistent request of many people in Turin, and as a result of his own perceptions, Don Bosco resolved to take steps in setting up an Institute that would reach out to many poor and abandoned young girls.
He was inspired to do so, through his contact with various female institutes, his deep Marian devotion, the encouragement received from Pope Pius IX and the many inspirations he had in this regard, through dreams and significant happenings.
It so happened that in the township of Mornese, situated in the hills of Monferrato, a young woman by the name of Mary Domenica Mazzarello was accompanying a group of young women who together with her, were dedicated to help young girls to learn a trade and while doing so, these girls were also guided in their Christian development.
There were two significant signs that conveyed the same message: that an educative environment similar to the one for boys at Valdocco, Turin, should be set up for children and young girls. It was Mary Domenica Mazzarello who, as co-founder of this Institute gave life and form to this newly founded Institute.
On August 5th 1872, the first group of young women, following the example of Mary, in declaring their Yes to God’s call, committed themselves to be helpers of young people.
BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. MARY MAZZARELLO PROVINCE (Philippines-PNG)
Arrival of the Salesian Sisters in the Philippines
In 1955, when China closed its doors to the presence of Catholic missionaries due to communist takeover, the Salesian Sisters were driven to Hong Kong and some came to the Philippines. In the same year, three FMA Sisters, Sr. Erminia Borzini (Italian), Sr. Josephine Gallo (Italian) and Sr. Ligia Borges (Portuguese), accompanied by Sr. Catherine Moore, delegate of Mother Provincial Elena Bottini , sowed in Victorias City, particularly in Victorias Milling Company, the Salesian Spirit of Mornese, a “Mazzarellian” style of piety, relationship and action dynamically oriented to the apostolate for young people.