Italy – FMA GC 24: Election to the General Council completed

11 October 2021

(ANS - Rome) - With the elections of the last three sector Councilors - Missions, Social Communication, Administration - and of the seven Visiting Councilors, designated on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October, the General Council elected by the 24th General Chapter of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) has been completed.

The FMA Chapter members gathered at the Generalate of the Institute in Rome elected Sr. Ruth del Pilar Mora, a Colombian and the former Superior of the Vice Province of Africa Ethiopia Sudan South Sudan (AES) to head the Missions sector. Born in Labateca on September 6, 1966, she made her religious profession in 1988. The following year she graduated in Educational Sciences at the "Auxilium" Faculty in Rome, and after holding various positions in Colombia and in Rome, as a collaborator in the Youth Ministry sector, she served as a missionary in Africa for almost 20 years, developing humanitarian, educational and vocational training activities in favor of hundreds of young people and women.

Sr. Maria Ausilia de Siena, an Italian, from Petrizzi, Calabria was elected as the councillor for Social Communication. She was born on July 24, 1964. She served as the animator of several works in Southern Italy and was the Delegate for Social Communication and Provincial of the Southern Italy Province (IMR).

Sr. Ena Veralís Bolaños, born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, on 17 September 1968, was elected as the Economer General in the Administrative sector. She graduated in Business Administration in addition to a diploma in Theology and the course for Formators at the "Auxilium" Faculty of Rome. She worked for 20 years in various houses of her Province, which include the houses of the FMA in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador (CAM), then was the Councilor and later its Provincial (2012-2018).

The 24th General Chapter of the FMA has also elected seven Visiting Councilors, who are delegated by the Superior General to visit the FMA Institute to promote a constructive and continuous relationship between the Provinces and the General Council. This offers the General council a better knowledge of the state of the congregation, and aids fostering apostolic action and enhancing the various cultures in full fidelity to the Church and Don Bosco.

Specifically, the FMA Chapter members confirmed as Visiting Councilors for a second six-year term are:

- Sr. Chantal Mukase Ruzagiriza, born in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, on December 31, 1967;

- Sr. María Assunta Inoue Sumiko, born in Nagasaki, Japan, on August 12, 1965;

- Sr. Paola Battagliola, born in Manerbio, Italy, on September 25, 1952;

- Sr. Phyllis Neves, born in Downey, United States, on May 24, 1953.

Elected for a first term as new Visiting Councilors:

- Sr. Celine Jacob, born in Kottayam, India, on 25 January 1963, former Provincial of the Indian Province "Sacred Heart of Jesus" (INK), based in Bangalore;

- Sr. Lidia Strzelczyk, born in Rzemiem, Poland, on 23 October 1968, former Provincial of the Polish Province "Our Lady of Jasna Gora" (PLJ), based in Łomianki;

- and Sr. Marta Liliana Riccioli, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 20 December 1957, and former Provincial of the "St. Francis Xavier" Province (ABB), based in Bahía Blanca.


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