Saint Mary Mazzarello
St. Mary Mazzarello, co-foundress of the Daughters of Mary Help of Chrisans ( Salesian Sisters) grew up
in Mornese – a small farming village in Piedmont. It was within her family that she learned to love Jesus
to the point of giving herself enrely to Him.
Seven siblings and hard work, challenged her to balance the joys and stresses of family life. She focused
on developing her love for Jesus and remaining united to Him throughout the day. During an outbreak of
typhoid and caring for her relaves she contracted the disease and struggled to determine God’s will for
her. A+er much discernment she and a friend of hers, Petronilla, went to the town tailor to learn sewing,
and together they began a school which quickly developed into an oratory with many acvies aimed at
bringing the young girls and women of Mornese to Jesus.
Mary had the opportunity to encounter John Bosco when he came to Mornese. Immediately she
understood that she was called to love and service as John Bosco was doing. Mary was struck by the
simplicity of John Bosco It. It was so much like her way with the girls. Eventually Don Bosco chose to
found a congregaon of women to work with girls. He looked to the young women in Mornese and
proposed the idea. Mary Mazzarellos was enthusiasc! In 1872 she professed her vows. Mary was
humble, 4lled with joy, and deeply rooted in Jesus. She was a woman of faith and very encouraging. She
was made the Superior of the community and only a+er nine years of religious life she died in 1881 and
was canonized in 1951.