The Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (Latin: Congregatio a Ss. Stigmatibus) commonly called Stigmatines is a Catholic clerical religious congregation for men. Its members add the nominal letters C.S.S. after their names to indicate that they are members of the Congregation.

Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata
Congregatio a Ss. Stigmatibus (Latin)[1]
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AbbreviationPost-nominal letters: C.S.S.[2]
FormationNovember 4, 1816; 205 years ago (1816-11-04)[4]
FounderSaint Fr. Gaspar Louis Bertoni, C.S.S.[5]
Founded atVerona, Italy
TypeClerical Religious Congregation of Pontifical Right (for Men)[6]
HeadquartersGeneral Motherhouse
Via Mazzarino 16, 00184 Rome, Italy[7] [8]
403 members (316 priests) as of 2018[9]
Superior General
Fr. Rubens Sodré Miranda, C.S.S.[10]
Parish work
AffiliationsRoman Catholic Church


The Stigmatines were founded on 4 November 1816 by Gaspar Bertoni, in Verona, Italy.[11] The first written constitutions for the congregation were based on the constitutions of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Like the Jesuits, the congregation was intended as a missionary and educational ministry. [12] The patrons of the Stigmatine Congregation are the Holy Spouses, Mary and Joseph.

The growth of the community was slow. In 1905, Stigmatines went to the United States, and in 1910, they started activities in Brazil. For nearly two centuries, the Stigmatines worked in China, Thailand, the Philippines and various countries in Africa and Latin America.

In 2002, the Stigmatines settled in India.[13]

In June 2018, the city council of Waltham, Massachusetts, voted to take the 46 acres owned by the Stigmatines by eminent domain, for the purpose of building a new high school.[14] The site includes the Espousal Retreat Center, a conference center, and a retirement home for priests. Mayor Jeannette McCarthy stated that the property is valued at $25.4 million; the city is offering $18 million.[15] A statement on the Stigmatines' website states, "No one is doubting or discounting the need for a new high school in Waltham. We just don't believe the City should be able to end our existence here in Waltham because it covets our land for its own use."[16] In December 2019, the parties resolved their dispute by the city council agreeing to pay a total of $29 million for the site.[17]

In the Philippines, on 8 September 2021, Jessie Avenido (30 years old), Jestonie Avenido (29 years old) and Jerson Avenido (28 years old), three brothers, members of the congregation, were ordained priests by archbishop Jose Cabantan in the Cathedral of Cagayan de Oro.[18][19][20]


In 2012, they had 94 houses with 422 members, including 331 priests.

Stigmatine ApostolatesEdit

  • the instruction of the Youth
  • the preaching of retreats and popular missions
  • the assistance in clergy formation

Fathers GeneralEdit

  • Peter Vignola
  • Very Rev. John B. Tomasi
  • Andrea Meschi (2000—present)


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  2. ^ "Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (C.S.S.)".
  3. ^ "Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (C.S.S.)".
  4. ^ "Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (C.S.S.)".
  5. ^ "Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (C.S.S.)".
  6. ^ http://www.
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  8. ^ "Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (C.S.S.)".
  9. ^ "Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (C.S.S.)".
  10. ^ "Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (C.S.S.)".
  11. ^ "About us", Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata
  12. ^ “Stigmatines”, Religion Past and Present. 2011ISBN 9789004146662
  13. ^ Stigmatines History, Rev. Joseph Henchey, CSS, Web-site dedicated to St. Gaspar Bertoni
  14. ^ Fisher, Jenna. "Waltham City Council Votes To Take Stigmatine Property For HS", Waltham Patch, June 28, 2018
  15. ^ Tetrault, Jacqueline. "Stigmatines vow to challenge Waltham's eminent domain seizure", The Pilot, August 16, 2018
  16. ^ "Urgent Matter", Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata
  17. ^ "Waltham To Pay Stigmatines $11M More For Future School Property". Waltham, MA Patch. 2019-12-11. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  18. ^ "Three brothers ordained priests on the same day in the Philippines".
  19. ^ "Avenido brothers encourage potential seminarians: Give it a try – Manila Bulletin".
  20. ^ "Blessed Family: These 3 Siblings Get Ordained as Priests on Mama Mary's Birthday". 10 September 2021.

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