Kamila Novosedlikova – “Brief history of FMA institute in Slovakia” in “Ricerche storiche salesiane”

This text outlines the historical trajectory of the FMA (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) Institute in Slovakia.

It traces the institute’s origins from the pre-1922 period, highlighting the introduction of Don Bosco’s teachings in Hungary and the subsequent establishment of the first Salesian institute in Slovakia in 1924. The narrative then focuses on the formation and missions abroad undertaken by Slovak sisters between 1922 and 1936, emphasizing their diverse roles as educators and caregivers across Europe and beyond. Despite facing challenges such as civil unrest and war, Slovak individuals within the FMA Institute exhibited resilience and dedication, leaving a lasting impact on communities domestically and internationally.



  1. Return of FMA to Slovakia
  2. Salesian Nitra
  3. The first FMA novitiate in Slovakia
  4. Salesian sisters in Orava
  5. Destinies of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians during totalitarian regime
  6. Concentration
  7. Period of clandestine activities: 1970–1989

Reference time period: 1921 – 1989

K. Novosedlikova, “Brief history of FMA institute in Slovakia” in «Ricerche storiche salesiane», 25 (2006), 1, 161-180.

Reference institution:
Istituto Storico Salesiano
Istituto Storico Salesiano

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