Italy – ADMA Youth's specific mission: education of the heart

16 April 2019

(ANS - Turin) - From the charismatic riches of the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) - which is preparing to celebrate the 150 years of its foundation the day after tomorrow, Holy Thursday – comes the proposal of a special itinerary for young people who intend living with Mary Help of Christians the experience of faith: this is ADMA Youth. The ADMA Youth groups participate fully in the spirit and life of the association and cooperate with ADMA and the Salesian and diocesan Youth Ministry.

The experience of the ADMA Youth groups arose almost spontaneously in different realities of the world (from Turin-Valdocco, to Venezuela, Bolivia ...). The youth groups of the ADMA are characterized by the reference to the "two columns" of Don Bosco's dream: the Eucharist and Mary Immaculate and Help of Christians; the relationship between Youth and Family Pastoral; the daily entrustment to Mary; the promotion of formation paths oriented to live and witness to youthful holiness; commitment to service and animation; the Gospel of charity lived in service to the little ones and the needy.

But what could the specific mission of the ADMA Youth ever be, born within the path of the ADMA Families? The answer is simple: education of the heart. Never as today do young people need to learn to love, love themselves like others and God, above all else.

A unique experience, in this sense, was the series of meetings entitled "I LOVE YOU", promoted by the ADMA Don Bosco group in Turin and intended for secondary school students.

The course, centered on the themes of affectivity and sexuality, was led by Salesian Fr Roberto Carelli, but the issues for reflection were concretized and enriched by numerous testimonies of married couples, engaged couples and young people who led the workshops and curated group moments.

After a first meeting on the beauty and delicacy of human sexuality and affectivity, the second meeting deepened the many meanings of the difference between men and women, while the third and fourth meetings were devoted respectively to the stages of affective maturation and to the moral orientations on specific themes of the sexual sphere: a Christian word on all the main "hot spots" of human love.

The large participation of more than a hundred members confirmed the urgency of this type of formation and the need for discussion on issues on which the happiness and success of children's lives depends.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

This site also uses third-party cookies to improve user experience and for statistical purposes. By scrolling through this page or by clicking on any of its elements, you consent to the use of cookies. To learn more or to opt out, click "Further Information".