Pope encourages Salesian Sisters to be "missionaries of joy"

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Sunday 09, November 2014 | Category:   Mission & Evangelization
Pope Francis urged the Salesian Sisters "to be everywhere a prophetic witness
and educative presence through an unconditional welcome of the young."
According to official Vatican outlet News.va, Pope Francis recently met with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, commonly known as the Salesian Sisters, who are in Rome for the institute's general chapter. Reflecting on the institute's mission and drawing new lines for pastoral action as well as electing a new general council is the goal of the general chapter.

The Pope encouraged the sisters to be "prophetic witnesses" and to recognize that generational needs are changing. Additionally, the Pope inspired the sisters to transform "their houses into environments for evangelization, implementing paths for change and pastoral conversion, and forming young people to become evangelizers of other youth."

Finally, he exhorted the sisters to “be missionaries of joy, witness to the values that are proper to (their) Salesian identity, particularly the value of encounter,” describing the latter as a "spring” from which they “can draw that love that revitalizes that passion for God and for the young."

Learn more about the Salesian communities:

Salesians of Don Bosco (S.D.B.)
Salesian Sisters (F.M.A.)
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters)
Don Bosco Volunteers (DBV)
Salesians of Don Bosco, UK (SDB)

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