Mother Mazzarello’s Statue in Cambodia

 


A Tribute to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) on the occasion of their 150th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Institute (1872 – 2022) and 25th Anniversary of their presence in Teuk Thla.

 

Don Bosco School Teuk Thla, Cambodia has a unique story to narrate. Since our first 4 missionary Sisters set foot on Cambodian soil, the Sisters have been working in Cambodia for 30 years. This year, our second house here in Teuk Thla gives thanks for 25 years of its presence. It coincides with the Institute’s jubilee celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first profession of Religious vows of Mother Mazzarello and her companions.

 

Among the different proposals from the planning committee was the idea of having the statue of Mother Mazzarello for the school since we only had the statue of Don Bosco to date. This suggestion was unanimously accepted. In a span of two months, parents, students and staff contributed generously. Mrs. Preut Sivet, our past teacher, designed the statue and Bro. Vy Somnang, a diocesan seminarian and past pupil of the Salesian Fathers, helped to get it crafted in Vietnam. He went out of his way to see that the statue was made according to what we desired. The final product was due to arrive after three months of work, on July 13, the commemoration of Mother Mazzarello, but eventually arrived on the next day. A welcome shout of joy rang out from all of us.

 

The statue of Mother Mazzarello was installed on August 28, 2022, during the of Gratitude day for the parents of our students as we closed the school year. Representatives from among the Sisters, staff, teachers, students and parents came forward to unveil the statue in a gesture of solidarity. Fr. Suon Hang Ly, the then Parish Priest of St. Peter and Paul Church, Phnom Penh Thymai, blessed the statue and the people around. Children of the elementary school presented the dance of gratitude to God for all His blessings. An atmosphere of wonder and grace was felt as expressed by all present. A unique and touching moment in the history of the school. As being the school gratitude day, Parents bought their lunch and we were blessed and gratified to witness families enjoying their simple food together seated on the grass or under the trees in our school compound. Oh! God’s love is so amazing! Evviva Madre Mazzarello!!!

 


MOTHER WRITES IN MYANMAR TO REACH OUT TO HER DAUGHTERS

 


Mother Mazzarello for the first time wrote to her daughters in Myanmar in their own language!  The Sisters feel their Mother is so close to them as they read her letters with joy.

This translation of the Letters of Mother Mazzarello into Burmese has been a long time dream of the Sisters. A group of Sisters made an effort to translate the book by dividing among themselves the letters to facilitate the translation. One of them gathered the work and edited. However, the work passed unremembered as perhaps it was not the suitable time. The time for its birth is now! The Sisters thought of reviving the initial work this year being a suitable time as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of our Institute.

Mother Chiara invites the Sisters to read the Letters slowly and meditatively. In her Presentation of the book, she writes:


“Vi invito a fare l’esperienza di un ascolto profondo, di un incontro personale in cui potete lasciare parlare la Madre al vostro cuore ed ascoltare la sua voce tenera e forte, soave e decisa. Sentirete la sua presenza materna che diviene per ciascuna di voi orientamento e guida nel cammino della santità salesiana.” (paragraph 3)

 

တဦးချင်းစီကို ဖိတ်ခေါ်ချင်တာကတော့ နှလုံးသားကို ဦးတည်ပြီး ပြောလာတဲ့ မာသာရ်ရဲ့ စကားလုံးလေးတွေကို နှလုံးသားနဲ့ လေးနက်စွာခံစားပြီး ဖတ်ကြားစေလိုပါတယ်။ သူမရဲ့စကားလုံးတိုင်းဟာ နူညံ့ပေမဲ့ ခွန်အားအပြည့်ပါတယ်။ ညင်သာပေမဲ့ ပြတ်သားလှပါတယ်။ အမေ တစ်ဦးရဲ့ ချစ်တတ်တဲ့ နှလုံးသားနဲ့သမီးတဦးချင်းစီကို မြင့်မြတ်သော ဆလေးရှင်း လမ်းစဉ်ကို ညွှန်ပြနေသောအမေ့ရဲ့ တည်ရှိခြင်း ဖြစ်ပါတယ်။


This translated work of Mother Mazzarello’s letters is commendable! It has been an inspiration from Mother Mazzarello herself whispering to her daughters, “I am here with you in this moment of difficulties.”










FORMANDS AND SISTERS REACH OUT TO THE ELDERLY IN OBSERVANCE OF THE 2ND WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND ELDERLY

 


The 2nd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 2022 is celebrated with the theme: “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Ps 92:15). This theme is an invitation to reflect on the blessing and gift that inevitable old age presents to us. In the message of Pope Francis for the Second World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, he likens old age to a season of “enduring fruitfulness.” This special day offers the Sisters and the young people in formation of the Blessed Eusebia Palomino community an opportunity to honor the experience and wisdom of the elderly and their important role of passing on the good values to the younger generation. As a concrete gesture of their gratitude and appreciation for grandparents and elderly, they rendered a cordial and benevolent visit to some elderly women in the nearby village of Lu Phram bringing joy to them with their greetings and simple gifts. Moreover, they also greeted the elderly Sisters of Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines as their way of acknowledging their gift-presence to the Institute whose lives have been a source of inspiration to the young Sisters and formands. It was truly a grace-filled encounter filling our hearts with joy!









Graduations news from Laura Vicuna Community, 2019-2022 Academic school year

The 30th Jan, 2022 was filled with the great joy in the Laura Vicuna Community, Chanthagon, Myanmar. The fourteen girls from Don Bosco Vocational training Center had succeed the Computer and Book keeping Accounting Course for two years. During the scholastic year, the girls could not return to us to complete the second year in 2020.Among the 28 girls the fourteen of them had accomplished the two years course. In spite of the difficulties caused by Covid-19 pandemic and the civil war the wonderous protection of Mo. Mary was evident in the Community. In the month of July and August, the sisters from the community had found the Covid-19 but by the grace of God and the loving assisting of young girls; the sister recovered soon and regain good health. The training   began alive again after the Quarantine days of the sisters. The young girls were so much grateful for accompaniment of the sisters and to the Institute. They appreciate the Countless blessing of God through the loving and supportive presence of the sisters because more than ever it has been a very difficult and uncertain moment in which they were able to prepare for their brighten future.



WEEKLY FORMATION FOR THE KG TEACHERS FOR BATTAMBANG CENTER

 WEEKLY FROM 25th AUGUST to 29th SEPTEMBER- 2021


We were happy to have formation for kindergarten teachers on line, especially this COVID time. Sr. TM with the help of Tr. Vuthy was able to do this for every week from 25th August-29th September -2021. It was great joy for us and for the teachers to learn something with various topics


TOPIC: “Building Resilience: Making Life Durable During the Pandemic”

    TOPIC: Detoxification (IN & OUT)

    TOPIC: Be friend with negative feeling

    TOPIC: Guiding young and children to possess ARROW: 

        symbol of VIRTUE and SWORD:  

    symbol of CAPACITY, TALENT AND SKILLS

TOPIC: “We are together in one boat”

     TOPIC: “Ecology is our life”


BLESSED EUSEBIA PALOMINO COMMUNITY: A GIFT ON DON BOSCO’S 206TH BIRTHDAY


August 16 is etched in the heart of Mary Our Help Province for the blessing of the new house in Cambodia which welcomes the Bl. Eusebia Palomino community. Fr. Pedro Ramirez Ramos, pmé, graces the occasion with the celebration of the Eucharist and then blesses the different parts of the refurnished house.

 

The Blessed Eusebia Community is established for the purpose of committing itself to the formation of the temporary professed Sisters and Cambodian young girls who are in their initial formation. The community which will engage itself in varied apostolic works of the Salesian Sisters in Phnom Penh will provide the Sisters and formands with formative moments.

 

It is truly a beautiful gift on the 206th birthday of great founder, St. John Bosco, who wishes his Daughters to give importance to their formation in order to be “credible signs of God’s foreseeing love to the young”. The festive occasion is graced by the newly-installed Provincial Superior, Sr. Ched Ditching, and the Sisters in Phnom Penh and Battambang communities who share the joy of the Sisters who will form part of the community.




Installation of the 4th Provincial Superior

 



On August 15th, 2021 Sr. Gertrudes Ditching (Ched) FMA, begins her service as the 4th Provincial Superior of 'Mary Our Help' Province (CMY- Cambodia and Myanmar).





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