THE INSTITUTE OF THE DAUGHTERS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS
The Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
The Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, also known as Salesian Sisters, was founded on August 5, 1872 in Mornese. Italy by St. John Bosco and St. Maria Mazzarello as Co-founder.
Don Bosco founded the Institute as a response of salvation to the profound hopes of young girls. Within the Church it shares in the saving mission of Christ through the Christian value education of the young especially the poorer, according to the spirituality and method of the Preventive System.
The recipients of the Salesian Mission
The recipients of our work of evangelization are young girls of working classes, the poorer ones at every stage of their development.
The Institute carries out its mission with various educative, promotional and pastoral activities in 89 nations.
The Institute in Myanmar
The Salesian Sisters arrived in Myanmar from Italy in 1961, but were expelled in 1966. One Burmese sister was able to return in 1978 and the first community was started in 1994. Today the Institute is present in three communities ( Anisakan and Pyin Oo Lwin, Chanthagon) and one presence in Yangon.
There are fifteen local professed sisters, six novices, six postulants, eight aspirants. The sisters share in the mission of the Church through:
- The human promotion of poor young women from villages. A two-year course is offered in dressmaking, embroidery, knitting, health and personality building subjects to prepare them for afuture of dignity and self.
- reliance as well as to be of help in the pastoral work of the Parish from which they come.
- Two kindergartens and parents formative meetings.
- Boarding for students mainly poor.
- Parish pastoral care-catechesis
- After-school assistance to needy children
- Sunday Oratory
- Family visitation of kinder children
- Occasional help to poor, sick people.
- Teaching the English Language
- Initial phases of formation of recruits ( aspirants, postulants and novices )
Don Bosco’s spirituality and method lived in our communities
The Preventive System, Don Bosco’s heritage to the Salesian Family is the hallmark of the salesian vocation in the Church and the specific spirituality and method of apostolic action. It is an experience of pastoral charity that has its source in the heart of Christ himself and finds its model in Mary’s motherly care as well as an experience of communion lived among the sisters and with the young in an atomosphere of spontaneity, friendship and love. It consists in an educative presence which uses the power of persuasion and love in collaboration with the Holy Spirit for the growth of Christ in the hearts of young girls.
The basic components of the Preventive System, reason, religion and loving-kindness-lived in the community and with th young inspire an educative project aimed at promoting the development of the whole person, leading the young gradully to assume responsibility for their own growth and to become persons capable of right judgment of free choice and of an effective contribution in an evangelical spirit to the building of a society.
The requirements for young women who wish to join the Institute or to observe its life and charism are :-
- To have completed with success at least the ten standard.
- To have inclination to work for poor children and youth especially girls.
- To be of good health and charactor.
The documents required on joining the Institute are :
- Certificate of Baptism and Confirmation
- Certificate of Catholic marriage of parents
- Letter of recommendation from the Parish Priest
- School certificate/s.
- Aspirantate – one year or more according to the maturity of the candidate.
- Postulancy – ten months
- Novitiate – two years
- Final profession – six years from the first Profession
Main Centre in Myanmar
- Pyin Oo Lwin 05062
Via Ateneo Salesian, 81