First Ordinary African Congress
On March 9-13, 2017 Lubumbashi (Congo) held its first Ordinary African Congress of Past Pupils of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians on the theme: "Being a Past Pupil in the Family, in the Church, and in society". Sr. Maria Luisa Miranda, Councilor for the Salesian Family Sector, and her collaborator, Sr. Gabriela Patino, were present.
The meeting began with the solemn celebration of the Eucharist in which we entrusted the Salesian Family to our Father and its commitment to be "hands in the world; roots in the heart". Then we processed to the city hall for the official opening of the Congress at which the religious and civil authorities were present. The National Hymn introduced the opening ceremony which was followed by welcome greetings for the participants on the part of the various representatives of the Salesian Family.
The identity of the Past Pupil with an African face was presented. They spoke of the family of tradition and of today. The journey of growth and development in the land of Africa was highlighted. In the afternoon, the participants went to the Parish, the Marian Shrine of the Archdiocese, for the Stations of the Cross on Friday during Lent. Then the past pupils presented the journey and the identity of the past pupil and the President, Maria Maghini, presented the revision of the Statute, followed by group work. In the late afternoon, the participants went to visit the GCM mining industry.