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Celebrating St Mary Mazzarello, co-founder of the Salesian Sisters

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Born on 9th May 1937, 180 years ago this week, and known for her unfailing cheerfulness and ability to draw others into the vital work of supporting poor and marginalised girls, Maria Domenica Mazzarello was chosen by Don Bosco to work with him in establishing the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice (FMA).

In addition to her devotion to the young, Mother Mazzarello encouraged the sisters in their intellectual and spiritual development, and her motherly concern was valued by all. She died aged 44 in the early hours of 14th May 1881. Her final words were, "Good-bye. I am going now. I will see you in heaven."

She was beatified on November 20, 1938 and canonized on June 24, 1951. Her incorrupt body is venerated in the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, in Turin, Italy. We celebrate her on 13th May

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