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111 little candles for Sr. Irene Lanna

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Sr. Irene Lanna is the oldest FMA in the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and, we think, the oldest religious in the world.
Sr. Irene was born in Ponte Nova (MG) in 1903. Her ancestors were of French origin and transferred to Brazil, first to Rio de Janeiro, and then to Ponte Nova. Her father was a lawyer and a Senator for the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

She entered the FMA Institute in 1922, after having received her Teaching Degree. She made her first religious vows in 1925 and her perpetual vows in 1930. For many years, she worked in Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and Mato Grosso do Sul. She served the Institute as school principal and community animator. She was the first Provincial Councillor in Brazil.
She always lived with serenity and balance, silent and discrete. She was very active and attentive to the young and to her Sisters. When she was asked the secret of her serene and youthful life, she responded, “I always sought to nourish faith and grow in the knowledge of God who loves me so much and is always beside me. The Eucharist is my daily bread”.

In 2011, after the Corpus Christi Procession in the courtyard of Mother Mazzarello House, the priest went to visit the elderly and sick Sisters. Sr. Irene seemed to be in deep meditation. She confided to a Sister, “You know who visited me today? Jesus Himself came. I was very moved”.
She was a decisive Superior, but always maternal and tender with the Sisters, prompt to correct graciously.
Sr. Irene continues to bear fruit with perseverance and with the effort of a life of witness with the joy that comes from unconditional service and giving for the one Lord.

We thank God for the marvellous gift of Sr. Irene’s life. She is a treasure for her family and for us, her community. For us, she is the memory of wise traditions. She incarnates in her life the charism of Don Bosco and Maria Mazzarello with true originality. We thank her for her witness of vigilant and prayerful presence in the FMA Institute.

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  • francisca6/13/2014 10:00:00 PM Querida Ir. Irene, que vida maravilhosa! O Senhor a conserve para a nossa admiração e exemplo de vida colocada a serviço do Reino e por amor ao Senhor do Reino! Parabéns! e muitos anos ainda pra frente!
  • Soeurs de Belgique Sud6/12/2014 10:00:00 PMLe suore della casa di riposo del Belgio Sud mandano i loro auguri a sr Irène e chiedono di pregare perché il Signore ci manda delle vocazioni nella loro Ispettoria. Grazie
  • Zoila Sánchez6/12/2014 10:00:00 PMQuerida Hermana Irene muchas felicidades. La tendré siempre presente en mi cariño y oraciòn diaria.Le ruego que rece por mí­ y por la misiòn que estoy realizando, como discí­pula y misionera de Jesùs, aquí­ en Comodoro Rivadavia- Patagonia Argentina. Un abrazo grande y un beso enorme. Zoila del Carmen FMA.
  • Berta Sánchez6/12/2014 10:00:00 PMMuchas felicidades!!!Rece por nosotras que estamos en la Patagonia y por nuestros alumnos y demás personas que Dios ha nos ha puesto en el camino.
  • Alaide6/11/2014 10:00:00 PMQuerida Ir.Irene Com alegria celebramos ontem seus 111 anos de vida! Que grande bençao de Deus e è uma graça sua presença de paz, de serenidade e de vida linda no nosso Instituto. Parabéns e muitas felicidades. Deus lhe conceda muita paz sempre e Maria Auxiliadora lhe seja sempre Mae e presença vivia em sua vida. Com muito carinho e preces um grande e fraterno abraço e um beijo em seu coraçao. Ir.Alaide Deretti
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