Welcoming Hearts and Education

Mirizio Teresa and Sr. Rosalba Facecchia, ASC

On October 24, 2022, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Turi, in Bari, Italy, together with the parish priest and social services, started a project for the children of Immigrants. There are many immigrant families. Listening to the needs of this area, the project was implemented with 12 children. These children represent Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Morocco, and India. For three days a week, two-hour workshops are offered to understand Italian, give shape and color to their feelings, and learn to relate with simplicity and respect.

Many volunteers have been involved. Here is the testimony of one of them

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me” (Mark 9:30-31)

There are rewarding experiences for all involved through participation in the P.A.C.E. (Per Accogliere Cuore ed Educazione – Welcoming Hearts and Education) program.

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ enthusiastically set up this project to welcome, support, guide, and pamper a group of foreign children of different nationalities who have recently arrived in our country. The aim was to foster their knowledge of the Italian language, an indispensable tool for effective social and scholastic integration. I had some fear initially, but a large group of volunteers prompted me to develop joy and confidence.

But meeting the children was a marvelous moment that swept away all uncertainty and difficulty. Their eyes speak a universal language, and human warmth can be expressed through a caress.

Babies are special; they trust and rely on others.

Babies teach courage, perseverance, joy, and gratitude.

And our babies did and do this every day.

The journey has been fruitful for them both linguistically and relationally, but it is also beautiful, intense, and fun for everyone.

They often sing together- “I am happy because I have so many friends.”

And we volunteers sing it too, imitating their brightness and sharing their beautiful smiles.

We have learned so much, and we are all the richer. How beautiful…!

Indeed, it is the Lord who directs our steps, and it is the Lord who provides for everyone’s needs.

Mirizio Teresa and Sr. Rosalba Facecchia, ASC