EUROPE/ITALY - The Sisters of Don Orione continue to assist the disabled, minors and the elderly during the pandemic, "now we need help"

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 coronavirus   missionary institutes  

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The Sisters of Don Orione (Little Missionary Sisters of Charity, PSMC) of the Italian Province have launched an appeal in order to face this very difficult moment, in which the Covid-19 pandemic has severly affected the regions and activities in Northern Italy. Even in this time of emergency, the PSMC continue to carry out their work of assistance all over the world, trying to face the new difficulties. In Italy they take care of the disabled children of the Piccolo Cottolengo, the disabled of Casa Serena, the communities of minors in Cusano Milanino, Palermo, Castelnuovo Scrivia and all the guests of the rest homes, as well as the elderly nuns of the Mother House.
"More than a month and a half has passed - writes Sister Gabriella Perazzi, provincial treasurer - since suddenly everyone's life has been changed for so many things for the worse, the best I hope and I think we will see later. However, something has also remained stable: our work of assistance and taking care of our disabled, the elderly and minors in the many realities that we manage together with the lay staff. In this time of trial that we try to overcome as best as we can, unfortunately we have also had to mourn the loss of 9 of our sisters and we continue to worry for many others who are still fighting with this invisible enemy". There is a need, writes Sister Gabriella, for "help, both financially, but also of basic necessities: food, personal hygiene items and household cleaners, diapers, gloves, drugs, medical items, etc. Everything will be distributed, as needed, in our houses of the Italian Province".
The Superior General of the PSMC, Sister M. Mabel Spagnuolo, starting from the Letter of the Holy Father to all the faithful for the month of May 2020, published on April 25, invited the whole congregation to celebrate a special Marian Month, "with the aim to entrust all humanity to Mary in this time of great suffering and ask God, through His intercession, for the grace of the end of this pandemic". "Don Orione - writes the Superior General - consecrated and entrusted his sons and daughters to Mary Most Holy, Immaculate and Mother of God many times, and he himself would have accepted this invitation from the Pope with great faith, enthusiasm and devotion". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/4/2020)