CMY Provincial Chapter

CMY Provincial Chapter...a journey towards synodality

From October 25 to 28, 2019 the CMY Provincial Chapter with the theme: “Communities generating life in the heart of contemporaneity” was held at the Provincial House of “St. John Bosco” Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The icon of the Wedding of Cana and the biblical verse: “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2, 5) guided the work of 25 Sisters (13 from Cambodia and 11 from Myanmar and the Provincial Superior) called to take part in the Provincial Chapter.

The votive Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by Mons. Bruno Cosme, MEP, new Apostolic Vicar of Kampong Cham, Cambodia gave a solemn start to the Chapter followed by the half day adoration and prayer in order to invoke the guidance and presence of the Holy Spirit during this very important event for the life of the Province. In the afternoon, Sr. Jessica Salvaña, Provincial Superior, presented the Report on the 2015 – 2019 journey of the Province.

A novelty of the Provincial Chapter is that of the presence, for the first time, of some lay people in the opening day of the Chapter (2 lay collaborators in person and 2 Video messages), and on the work on the first question (5 lay collaborators from our schools). Their presence and interventions were important and very much appreciated. They, in turn, expressed their gratitude for being given the chance to participate in the Chapter assembly.

The Provincial Chapter concluded with a celebration of thanks in the chapel where all the Sisters present in Cambodia participated and received a mandate from the Provincial Sr. Jessica Salvaña.

Each Sister received a message in the form of a commitment (“Bring the wine of charity/ your Educating Community) inserted in a small jar placed at the foot of the altar decorated with six big stonejars from which came out the water transformed into wine.

They were four intense and fruitful days and the delegates worked with commitment and  great desire for the good of the Province.

House Blessing of the Food Technology Center in 7 Mile, Yangon

The Salesian Sisters of Myanmar have all the reasons to thank and glorify God for the new building of Auxilium Community in 11- B/2 U Kyaw Hla Street, 7 Mile, Mayangon Township, Yangon. The building was blessed in the evening of 28th September, 2019 in the presence of Rev. Fr. Brian Lucas Joseph, the head of the Catholic Mission Australia who did the cutting of ribbon and blessed the marker and the new building. The building was reconstructed from May 2017 and despite the many trials and challenges, with God’s grace, the building was completed after two years.

His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo, SDB arrived, together with some priests from Yangon Archbishop’s house, five Salesian priests, one Jesuit priest and some religious. The presence of the Cardinal and other guests marked the day more meaningful and fraternal. The animators of the other 4 FMA communities and some FMA were also present.

The girls from Mazzarello – Home and Food Management Training Center presented a beautiful, simple and meaningful Thank You program to those who were present especially to Rev. Fr. Brian Lucas Joseph, Mr. Lawrence Gigliotti,  Project Manager of Catholic Mission Australia, Cardinal Charles.
At the end of the girls’ presentation, Sr. Agatha Nant Myint Kyi the Directress of the Community and of the Course, gave a thanksgiving speech and explained about the “Home and Food Management skill one-year course” for the young women who are at risks, to all the guests. Afterwards, Fr. Brian Lucas also gave words of appreciation on the work of the FMA and his satisfaction on their collaboration. He also encouraged all the Sisters to continue to have passion and zeal for the good of the young and to all the young students to have dreams in life and aspire to learn both knowledge and skills for their life and for the future of the society.

A special Thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration was presided by His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo, Rev. Fr. Brian Lucas and other ten priests.  Cardinal Charles Bo in his homily stressed not to be like the rich man who does not share his blessings to his neighbor, the beggar Lazarus and the needy ones. Instead, he invited those who were present to be like a good Samaritan who live with a compassionate heart towards others. At the end of Eucharistic Celebration, Sr. Lakana Yawasang, the Provincial Economer who represented the Provincial Sr. Jessica Salvaña gave a thanksgiving speech to those who have given support to the Salesian Sisters of Myanmar and handed a souvenir to the honorable guests. The blessing of the house was continued and followed by a special Thai dinner with European cuisine prepared by our chef master “William” with the collaboration of our Sisters and girls who prepared the dinner for 65 persons.

The evening was marked with the joy, melodious song and fragrant and sumptuous food. The Sisters of the community acknowledged the supportive presence and loving prayer of the Sisters in the Province and especially to Sr. Jessica Salvaña, the Provincial of Cambodia-Myanmar and Sr. Lakana Yawasang, the Provincial Economer who followed up patiently the completion of the building until the last nail.

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His love endures forever!”

The 2nd Asian Pacific Regions Congress of the Past Pupils held in Thailand

“Open mind, attentive listening to create a hopeful future”was the theme of the Congress. In her message to the Past Pupils Mother General Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, mentioned that she well appreciated the theme and considers essential and urgent at the present historical time for the Asian Contex .

 The Congress began from November 9 – 13 with 95 participants from 11 Asean countries. From CMY province Sr. Leeza John Kokkatt, Sr. Agata Nant Myint the delegates and the president Ms. Lumorng Phuong with other representatives Ms. Dyna Chav, Ms. Malin Nov, Ms. Bunleak Nk, Ms. Ja Anw Lu and Ms. Ciin Dot Nuam participated in it.

Education and Defense of Human Rights by Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo and Defense of the family and Promotion of Women in Asia by Dr. P.R Amutha Arokia Mary were the main topics of the days. The other talks like: The FMA Past Pupils Association: A Generative Association by Sr. Mria Luisa Miranda ; The good night talks by Sr. Gabriela Patiño the World delegate and Maria Maghini the Confederal President also  geared to the theme of the Congress.

The panel sharing by the Past Pupils from Cambodia, Timore, India-Guwahati, Philippines and Thailand on how they live the Salesian value and spirituality in the Multi-cultural and Multi religious context was very edifying and touching moments. We could see that they have really imbibed the spirit of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello. Many of them expressed that in moments of difficulties and problems they have a mother our Blessed mother to turn to and pray to her. If they are now in this position it is because of the values and the education they have received from the Salesian sisters.

The above mentioned two main topics Defense of Human rights and the defense of family and the promotion of women  challenged the past pupils to come out with concrete commitments in the group. All the groups underlined the importance of the Family and Human dignity. Each country drew out their objectives and activities for two years plan.

A day of outing to the Royal Palace followed by cultural evening added color to the final day of the Congress.

Delegate for the World Confederation of FMA Past Pupils Visits Cambodia

Sr. Gabriela Patiño, FMA, current head or Delegate of the World Confederation of the Past Pupils of the Salesian Sisters (FMA), visited Cambodia recently and was “awed by the youth, enthusiasm and dynamism” of the Past Pupils here.

Sr. Gabriela, a Colombian who now resides in Italy where she helps the Salesian Family sector at the FMA General Council, arrived in Cambodia last October 15, 2019 and stayed in the Provincial House at Teuk Thla. Then she visited the Salesian Sisters and their past pupils in Battambang Province last October 17-18. There she met about 30 graduates of Sewing and Literacy and former boarders of the Sisters.

Coming back to Phnom Penh on the 18th, she dropped by the communities of Tuol Kork and Phum Chreh where she was warmly received by the students and staff. On October 19, she met a large number of past pupils from Tuol Kork, Teuk Thla (Vocational Training) Teuk Thla High School and Phum Chreh. They all gathered at Teuk Thla and numbered nearly 200. Some of them came from as far as Siem Reap and Kompong Thom. Many came with their children, and a few with their husbands. A representative from the SDB Past Pupils’ Federation also came.

Leaders from the different centers/schools prepared a colorful program for Sr. Gabriela. This included a blessing dance, a talk show, a fashion show featuring the evolution of Khmer costumes for men and women, and the “Pride of Khmer”. New members of the Tuol Kork and Teuk Thla Unions also made their Pledge of Loyalty before Sr. Gabriela.
In her messages both to the Past Pupils and the FMAs, Sr. Gabriela underlined the value of working together in unity and solidarity. Using video clips, she showed how strength and synergy could be achieved by working together in harmony. She advised the past pupils to start making friends with each other in school, cultivate and strengthen this friendship through the years, help one another especially those in need and reach out and help other people, too. Teachers and staff from the four centers participated in the gathering and Sr. Gabriela was happy to know that they were mostly past pupils.

Sr. Gabriela just came from Thailand where the 2nd Asian Congress of FMA Past Pupils was held from 9-13 October. The Congress gathered together 95 participants from the 7 Provinces of India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Australia, and Thailand which hosted the event. The theme of the meeting was "Open mind, attentive listening, for a future of hope."

The delegation from Cambodia was composed of Sr. Leeza Kokatt, in charge of  FMA Past Pupils, Tuol Kork and Teuk Thla Union presidents Lumorng Phuong and Dyna Chav, respectively; Bunleak Nak from Battambang and Malin Nov from Phum Chreh.
Sr. Gabriela ended her visit to Cambodia last Sunday, 20th October and flew to Myanmar to meet the past pupils and visit the FMA communities there.

“A Salesian Educator of Today”

Teacher’s Seminar/Workshop in Cambodia 
                Teachers Seminar on “A Salesian Educator of Today” was organized by the Youth Ministry Team at Don Bosco High School Teuk Thla on September 16 and 17, 2019. The resource persons are our own sisters together with the lay collaborators. A total of 97 teachers from our four schools participated. Sr. Amanda, the vice Provincial in her welcome talk exhorted the teachers to be open to the ever changing trends of today’s society. Sr. Leeza and Tr. Sophy prepared a short quiz to review the life of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello with a brief history of their lives and their mission accomplished. Teachers were touched by Don Bosco’s words: “For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am ready even to give my life". Their mission is continued today by the Salesian Priests and Sisters. The role of a Salesian Educator was prepared by Sr. Ched and Tr. Muny combining the mission and vision of the school. In the afternoon session the Preventive System of Don Bosco was presented by Sr. MyHanh and Tr. Chakrya. And the end of the day, the practical living of Salesian Assistance was stressed by Sr. Maria and Tr. Eng. The Educators expressed their gratitude as they revisited the origins of our Charism
                Our second day was the core of our mission spirituality – SYS/SYM shared by Sr. Neath and Tr. Savet. The teachers were pleased that they understood better their role as Educator and play their part in the various school activities and their commitment to it. To reach our main goal of Good, honest and active citizens, we introduced the “Together, We CAN” project prepared by Sr. Ophriini and Tr. Manuth. The four strategies of Feel, Imagine, Act and Share was well accepted by the group. The teachers were able to grasp the importance of working out a project through a virtue especially that of using virtue language “Respect for Self, Others and Environment.
                Thus implementing the strategies together with Virtue language the teachers came up with a commitment as “Save our Common Home – No Plastic in our environment for we respect ourselves, others and our Mother Earth”. Thus in the Educational Spirit and charism of our mission, the Educators of our schools are committed to live and work implementing “Together, We Can”. Some comments from our Teachers “Since it is in Salesian style, we really like mission of Don Bosco school to educate the young to active and honest citizen, where students are our protagonists”. They would like to carry with them: “Be the role model to the young, Commit to Salesian assistance and Project We Can”.  The Youth Ministry Team will monitor the commitment with mid-term evaluation.

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