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St. Mary Mazzarello

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Personal Details 

Feast Day : 13 May 

Born : 9 May 1837 

Died : 14 May 1881 

Canonized : 24 June 1951 

Co-foundress of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

St. Mary Mazzarello is the co-foundress of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. 

St. Mary Mazzarello was born in a small village in Mornese, Italy on 9 May 1837. Her parents were peasants and she was the eldest daughter. She worked in her parents’ farmyard since childhood. The parish church was situated far away from Mazzarello’s house. Nevertheless, she tried to go to the church for Mass daily regardless of weather conditions. At that time, in her parish, there was an association named “the Association of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate” founded by Father Bosco particularly for girls. Since Mazzarello went to the church every day, the parish priest invited her to join the association. Soon she became a core member of the association. Mazzarello first met Father Bosco in 1864 and by intuition, she knew that he would be a saint. 

At that time, Pope Pius IX and Father Bosco prepared to set up a female religious order to care for young girls, just as the Salesian priests and brothers cared for young boys. On 5 August 1872, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians was born. Mazzarello was chosen as the first Superior General. 

The work of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians went on very smoothly soon after its establishment. Father Bosco had the foresight and wisdom to entrust the new religious order to the capable Mazzarello. Under the joint effort and hard work of the two saints, the new order developed and spread rapidly, and soon more foundations were built. In the year when Mary Mazzarello died, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians had thirteen foundations. Shortly, within sixty years, there were nearly eight hundred foundations established throughout the world. 

On 27 April 1881, Mazzarello was seriously sick. After receiving the last rites, she died peacefully on 14 May. 

Little Quiz 

• What are the contributions of the foundations established by Saint Bosco and Saint Mazzarello? 

• Please find out the services provided by the sisters of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Hong Kong. 

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