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Term:   Association of Mary Help of Christians ADMA
Definition: Public Association of the Faithful. Don Bosco founded the group 'to foster veneration of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Mary Help of Christians'.


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Term status:
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(General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)

 

Recommended equivalent (it): Associazione di Maria Ausiliatrice

 

(In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term. In other cases below, if the term has its source in another language, this will be indicated by an [S] following the term.)

 

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Synonyms:
Clients of Mary Help of Christians (deprecated), Devotees of Mary Help of Christians (deprecated), Mary Help of Christians Association

 

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Description:
Association of the Devotees of Mary Help of Christians, hence the 'D' in ADMA, is now deprecated in favour of the simple Association of Mary Help of Christians, or Mary Help of Christians Association.

 

Don Bosco himself traced out the origins of the group in a leaflet entitled Association of the Devotees of Mary Help of Christians canonically erected in the Church dedicated to Her in Turin with historical information about this title by the priest John Bosco. He attributed the origin of the Association to "repeated requests," coming "from all parts and from people of all ages and every condition" during and after the construction and the consecration of the church. He referred to the associates as "those united in the same spirit of prayer and piety paying homage to the great Mother of the Saviour invoked with the beautiful title of the Help of Christians".

 

To increase the expansion of the Association Don Bosco managed to have it erected as an Archconfraternity, with the faculty of aggregating to it similar associations already in existence or later to be erected. This was granted by Pius IX with the brief Sodalitia Fidelium of 5 April 1870, which, however, limited the aggregation to the archdiocese of Turin. With a subsequent brief Expositum Nobis of 2 March 1877 the faculty was extended to all the dioceses of Piedmont. After the death of Don Bosco, Leo XIII, first with the brief Admotae Nobis preces of 25 June 1889, granted the faculty of aggregation to all the similar associations "erected or to be erected in any church or public oratory belonging to the Salesian Society wherever they may be "; then with the brief Cum multa of 19 January 1894 he conferred in perpetuo on the Rector Major of the Salesians and his successors the faculty of being able "to validly and lawfully erect other associations of the same name, and institute in any place where houses and churches of the Congregation existed and aggregate the associations erected to the above mentioned Archconfraternity”; two years afterwards with the brief Sodalitas of 25 February 1896 he granted the Rector Major and his successors the faculty of "aggregating to the same Archconfraternity", established in the church of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, other associations with the same aims and of the same kind canonically erected in any church or diocese ". Finally, the Sacred  Congregation for Religious with the rescript of 31 July 1913 granted the privilege that the Rector Major might canonically erect the Association of the Devotees of Mary Help of Christians also in the houses of the Institute of the FMA and  aggregate them to the Primary Centre in Turin.

 

(PIETRO BRAIDO, Don Bosco prete dei giovani nel secolo delle libertà, LAS, Roma 2003, Vol I pp. 526 - 528.)

 

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Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies)
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[Initialisms like AGC are regarded as acronyms; a term like 'Bro.' is an abbreviation; an example of short form instead would be the main part of a very long book title (most of DB's book titles! 'Giovane Provveduto' is a short form). A loan term is not translated whereas a calque is. A blend is where two (or more) morphemes or 'word' parts have been combined to form a single term, as in the case of 'austraLasia'. Choose variant when there exists at least one other common form of the term. ]

 


Term status (General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)
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[Archaic refers to terms that have fallen out of regular use. Deprecated indicates official disapproval or if not disapproval, official abandonment at least. A neologism is a term that has come into play relatively recently - say, since Vatican II, but the time frame can be flexible.]

 

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Definition
  
[The definition should not be imagined! It is assumed that it exists either in a reputable dictionary (or at least in similar words) or in some authoritative Salesian reference (e.g. the Constitutions, AGC or similar public document, Lenti's 7 volume series, and so on]

 


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Geographical/Regional usage
  
[Certain terms are common in restricted parts of the Congregation. We have one 'prior' but only in INB; in some parts of Asia the Salesian community is called a 'convent', but not elsewhere]

 


Description

[Etymological information, mostly]

 


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[English usage, obviously]  

 


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[Room here for more personal observations, private opinion if felt to be useful]

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