Sr María Luisa Miranda has arrived in Australia for her whirlwind tour around the South Pacific Region province. She flew in from Rome, with the intention of visiting the sister communities in Victoria, New South Wales, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.

As the worldwide Councillor for the Salesian Family, the purpose of her visit is too meet as many Salesian people as possible! Sr Maria has already begun her encountering of FMAs, SDBs, past pupils, co-operators and lay collaborators, seeing how they live out their vocations, and to help us further appreciate the incredible aspects of the Salesian Family.

Members of the Salesian Family from Melbourne are warmly invited to meet with Sr Maria Luisa at the Province Centre for the sisters in Scoresby. For details, follow this link. .

Originally from Mexico, Sr. María Luisa has a degree in Spanish language and Literature and dedicated the early parts of her religious life to young people through her energy as a high school teacher. She has had great success in this realm, taking on more and more responsibility as she took on roles as school principal, local Councillor, Coordinator of Educational Ministry in the provincial team.

Sr. María Luisa has also had extensive experience in accompanying young people as they grow in faith through spiritual retreats, Lectio Divina, and personal encounters. She has run numerous spiritual exercises and formation courses for FMAs as well as teachers from different schools Salesian (FMA and SDB), especially on issues related to the Preventive System and Salesian spirituality.

It was during the General Chapter of 2008; she was elected to her current role as Councillor for the Salesian Family. During this six-year period she animated the Sector with complete dedication and generosity, demonstrating the capacity to favour communion and to face intelligently the complexities proper to this Sector.

During General Chapter XXIII, the Chapter Assembly re-confirmed her for a second six-year period. In accepting the mandate from Mother General, Sr. María Luisa said: “Mother, you told us that this is a week of faith. I accept in faith. I entrust myself in a particular way to Mary. She will help me to give that feminine and Marian face to the Salesian Family”.