General Statement and Mission Statement
“It is not enough that you love the young, they must know they are loved."
- St. John Bosco
We, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians are also known as the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.
Our Mission Statement
We commit ourselves to the new evangelization of youth. Impelled by our charism, we evangelize by educating. We open up new ways for the education of the young, deepening within them an attitude of respect for the dignity of the human person and an openness to life in all its forms. We commit ourselves to a community lifestyle which is poor, simple, welcoming, and able to create a new educative presence among poor youth.
Between the years of 1871 and 1885, St. John Bosco put together his dreams for the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. We still strive to live by this profile of the FMA as outlined by Don Bosco in the first Constitutions:
- Patient and zealous charity not only towards children but more especially towards young girls and everyone, without exception, with the aim of doing as much good as possible.
- Simplicity and reserve combined with cheerfulness, a spirit of mortification both interior and exterior; strict observance of poverty.
- Obedience of will and judgement; and humility in accepting willingly and without comment the advice and corrections given and the work entrusted to them.
- A spirit of prayer which helps the Sisters to carry out their works of piety willingly, to remain in the presence of God and to abandon themselves to Diving Providence.
- These virtues must be well tested and deeply rooted in the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, because their lives must harmonize the contemplative and the active life, reproducing Martha and Mary, the life of the Apostles and that of the Angels.