We, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, also known as the Salesian Sisters (FMA) of Don Bosco. We are proud to belong to a vast movement known as Salesian Family. Our Institute was founded in 1872 by St. John Bosco and St. Maria Domenica Mazzarello through the direct intervention of Mary and as a response to the profound hopes and aspirations of young people (C1). We commit ourselves to educating and serving young people of all ages especially the poor and marginalised. Our Educative mission is carried on in the style of Don Bosco’s Preventive System based on Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness. We also assist women and young people at risk and accompany them in their search for meaning in life. Our Institute numbers nearly 14,523 world-wide and is the second largest Community of Religious Women in the world. We are consecrated to God, unafraid of confronting the challenges encountered in the world of youth. A simple but deep prayer life, a strong community life, and a youth-centered ministry energise us to face life’s challenges in order to bring about a more just and humane society.
The Beginnings of FMA PRESENCE IN INDIA
The first six pioneers from Italy arrived in India on 22nd November, 1922 at Tanjore, Tamilnadu. Today our presence in India has grown into six provinces – Chennai (1946), Shillong (1953), Mumbai (1982), Kolkata (1987), Bangalore (1993) and Guwahati (2000). At present we have over 1477 sisters in India. We are proud to say that about 50 Sisters from our six Provinces have gone as missionaries to the different countries of the world to continue the mission of Christ and spread the charism of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello.