REGULATIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION
Moved by the Holy Spirit and responding to the needs and signals of the time, Don Bosco gave life to various apostolic missions and a vast movement of people who, in different ways, work to help theyoung and working class. The Association of Mary Help of Christians was founded as a privileged instrument to “promote the veneration of the Most Holy Sacrament and Mary Help of Christians.
It was canonically founded in the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, 18th April, 1869 and was “by him considered almost an integral part of the Salesian society”.
It was rapidly promoted to archconfraternity by Pius IX, 5th April, 1870, with the right to unite the associations throughout the world with the same name and aim. Finally, 24th July, 1989, “the Rector Major with his council, officially recognised the Association of Mary Help of Christians’ belonging to the Salesian Family.”
THE NEW ‘MARY THE HELPER ASSOCIATION’ / ADMA
Foundation of the Association
Don Bosco built the Help of Christians votive Shrine (Torino-Valdocco 1868) as the Virgin Mary had asked him in a dream. A year later he founded the Archconfraternity Brotherhood of Mary Help of Christians within the Basilica (18th April, 1869), in order to spread the devotion to the Virgin as evoked by the name itself.
The Mary Help of Christians Sanctuary, the centre from which the mission is spread all through the world, was for Don Bosco the cohesive centre of all his institutions, a source of grace and a sanctuary for the world. The Association, with its devotion to Mary Help of Christians, is one of the most effective examples of promoting faith within the working class. This motherly and working presence of Mary lays at the foundation of the association and is the inspiration for all those who work for God’s Kingdom. “When times are difficult all Christians should stick together. Being near well-doing people makes us stronger without even realising it.” Experience “makes us realise how Mary in heaven has carried on, even more successfully, her mission as Mother of the Church and Helper of Christians that she began on earth”.
Nature and aim of the Association
The Mary the Helper Association is a meeting place for the believers who take part in its work. In accordance with Don Bosco’s charisma, it offers a journey of sanctification and apostleship. In particular it gives importance to the worship of Holy Jesus and Mary help of Christians, in all its forms, both public and private as long as they are recognised by the Church.
Within the church it is a public association of believers who share its inspiration and activities; it operates in accordance with the Priests and other ecclesiastical groups, in particular with the Salesians. It has its own legal status as ruled by the church’s Jurisprudence. According to the legislation of each individual country, it can obtain civil legal recognition, but it is not associated with any political party, nor money making group.
The name of the group is ADMA “Association Mary Help of Christians”, with its Head Office in Torino-Valdocco, at the Mary Help of Christians Basilica.
Via Maria Ausiliatrice 32
I – 10152 TORINO-VALDOCCO / ITALY
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