Celebration of MSMHC Italian Delegation Day cum Silver Jubilee of Sr. Regina Gongmei was held at Turin on 15 October 2015. To mark the day, there was a solemn Eucharistic celebration at the chapel of St. Francis De Sale at the campus of Basilica of Mary Help Christians, Valdocco, presided over by Fr. Jerome SJ, from Vatican Radio for Tamil Language along with Fr. Nalayan SDB, from the Community of Valdocco for English-speaking group. 37 Sisters, representing the various communities in Italy participated in the celebration.
Fr. Jerome, in his homily emphasized the importance of ‘the sense of belonging’. He said, “We are in the Sanctuary of Mary Help Christians, the source of strength for Salesians and Salesian Family”. He further said, “people come to this Sanctuary not only just to spend vacation but they revere Don Bosco, Domenic Savio and Mary Mazzerello who lived and worked here.” He also made a brief reflection on the life of two women, Mary and Elizabeth and pointed out how the impossible for men is made possible with God. He spoke about the power of God’s intervention and the importance of remaining submissive to Him.
The Basilica of Mary Help Christians, Valdocco, where the celebration held is significant as it is a common heritage of the great Salesian Family. The chapel of St. Frances de sales stands between the Magnificent Basilica of Mary Help of Christians and the Chapel of the Pinardi Shade. The chapel of St. Francis de sales is the second chapel built for the oratory children of Valdocco. Its foundation stone was laid on 20 July 1851 and consecrated on 20 June 1852. For 16 years (until 1868), it remained as the heart of the newly born Salesian Congregation.