Don Bosco knew well that the process of education and development did not end when the young person left the youth center, moved out of the parish or graduated from the school. He wanted to keep in touch with the person.
He also recognized that the young person could be a valuable asset to his work and so Don Bosco formed another group, which he called the Salesian Past Pupils. Men and women educated in any work of the FMA, regardless of their religious, cultural, social or ethnic background may join the Past Pupils Association of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. It was founded by Bl. Philip Rinaldi at Turin in March 1908.
People of every age, culture, religion, social status belong to the Association, all over the world. The members are numerous, if we consider all the young people coming out of 3802 works and educational activities of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the world.
Every past pupil works for the affirmation of the values where the dignity of the human person is based, working in different fields:
► In the family;
► During work or the study;
► In the social and politic fields;
► In the school, in the spare time, in the social communication.
In the socio-cultural realities, the past pupils work for:
► Improve the relations with the other past pupils who are in difficulties;
► Offer to the members suitable itineraries to deepen the educational heritage;
► Guarantee the conditions that are in harmony with the education received in the Salesian environment;
► Support the solid activities;
► Support the activities for young people, for the poor people and to fight the social alienation;
► To find a way to improve the female condition;
► Use the mass media as instruments to communicate the values;
► Improve the active participation of the past pupils in the Salesian mission, working with the FMA;
► Work with the local church.
► Takes part to the educational mission of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians;
► Works according the Salesian style;
► Promotes the woman, the life, the family;
► Protects the human rights and peace;
► Promotes the activity for the young people;
► Is open to the intercultural and interreligious dialogue;
► Works according the Preventive System of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello.