We, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians also known as FMA or the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco 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. 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 has total number of sisters 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.
Mumbai Our Province
Our Province known as the Province of St. Mary Mazzarello, Mumbai (INB) was canonically erected on 24th May 1982 in Mumbai. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus who came to bring “Good News” to the poor. We commit ourselves daily to work for the poor and underprivileged young people and women with the heart of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello. Our Province reaches out in service to the four states of our Country – Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
We have 32 Centres in our Province carrying out various ministries such as Educational Ministry (formal and non-formal), Youth Ministry, Social Ministry, Media Ministry and Pastoral Involvement in the Local Church. In our educational services much importance is placed on Faith-Formation, Value Education and Media Education. We reach out to young people and women through our mission of love in different types of schools, youth-centres, boarding homes, student-centres, professional schools, shelter-homes for street children, community colleges, hostels for working girls and women empowerment programmes including SHGS and integral human-social promotion through as health-education and livelihood programmes.
AUXILIUM NIWAS – SHIRVA
The house of Auxilium Niwas Shirva, was canonically erected on 30th May 2013. Rt. Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, the Bishop of Udupi Diocese blessed the new building and Inaugurated by Rev. Sr. Wilma Desouza Provincial of Mumbai. Rev. Fr. Stany Tauro was the Parish priest.
We commit ourselves to educate the poor and underprivileged young girls through boarding, sending them to the Parish school. This year we have 57 children coming from Raichur, Chickmangalur, Shivmogga and Udupi district. We are involved in local church ministry, visiting the families, participation in the SCC, teaching the catechism and involvement in the youth ministry. We conduct Evening study classes and oratory for the children of the locality. We praise and thank God and Mother Mary for this beautiful vocation and mission.