170 years ago on Christmas Night

We recall the sweet memory of our first sisters on the Christmas Night 170 years ago, from the biography of Fr. Luigi written by Mons. Biasutti.
Remembering this event, we implore on all of us the intercession of all the sisters who are in paradise so that they may help us to be perseverant and generous in our journey towards sanctity.

On 25th December 1845, the day of the Nativity, fifteen sisters had their vestition. Among the fifteen, eight were foundresses of the 1st February 1837 and seven joined during the year 1837 to 1844. On the same day though, 11 among the fifteen, did not make the Vows, they took a firm decision with all their heart to observe the three evangelical vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Even if they did not make their vows on 25th December, father Luigi considered that day as the official day of their profession.

Eight among the eleven were choristers  : Lucia De Giorgio, Caterina Cortelazzis, Margherita Gaspardis, Teresa Fabris, Rosa Molinis, Felicita Calligaris, Giovanna colloredo and Christina Borghese. The other three were lay sisters: Orsola Baldasso, Maddalena Morassi and Giovanna Maria. Lucia De Giorgio was assigned as the temporary superior but she remained as the superior till 1848; and the Cortelazzis was the Assistant superior.

The office of the superiorship was temporary because it was just an experiment for the new congregation but it turned out successful. A great zeal penetrated this small group and a vigorous joy and unity reinforced them.

The humble beginning of this new congregation was attributed to father Luigi ,who as we have mentioned, was always occupied with the spiritual aspects of the congregation, in order to form the sisters according to the Spirit of Jesus Christ. At the same time a immense admiration was rendered to the new superior Sr. Lucia De Giorgio.

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