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On the 16th April 2023 at the shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Alì Terme, the 16th Marian Day of ADMA in Sicily took place. More than three hundred ADMA members took part in the event and thanks to the precious hard work of the Sicilian regional council, headed by its president Salvatore Di Maio, it was possible to experience inspiring moments of shared faith. A couple from the primary ADMA of Valdocco also took part in the event, as a sign of union and sharing a common path.

The day began with the Holy Rosary, followed by the greetings of the Provincial President Salvatore Di Maio and the Council; then followed the welcome of the Mayor of Alì Terme, the reflection on the theme ‘Educators in the style of Don Bosco under the guidance of Mary’, held by Fr. Alessandro Malaponte, the testimony of Sr. Mariella Lo Turco on the Blessed Maddalena Morano and finally the celebration of the Eucharist. After a short break for lunch, the afternoon saw the testimony of an iconographer who commented on a beautiful icon, painted by her, on the Divine Mercy, precisely on the theme with the contextual day of the Feast of the Divine Mercy; afterwards, there was a short testimony of two married couples, Associates of ADMA and finally an intense and precious moment of adoration led by Fr. Paolo Cicala, with forgiveness as the central theme.

The most significant highlights of this experience are essentially two: the necessary presence of the ADMA Associates in the oratories in order to be with the young people; and where there is Mother Mary, there comes Peace and in order to have Peace, it is necessary to have Forgiveness.

As participants in the event, we thank from the bottom of our hearts all the people who worked hard to organise this Marian day in the best possible way. We thank the nuns who welcomed us as brothers and sisters in their house and finally we thank Mother Mary, who made our participation as a couple in this unforgettable event possible.

Aldo and Tiziana Bunino


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