Ursuline Sisters Daughters of Mary Immaculate

The Ursuline Sisters Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Italian: Suore Orsoline Figlie di Maria Immacolata) are members of a Verona-based Catholic congregation of sisters whose main purpose is the human and Christian training of young people.[1]

Ursuline Sisters Daughters of Mary Immaculate
Suore Orsoline Figlie di Maria Immacolata
FounderZefirino Agostini
Founded atVerona
TypeCongregation of pontifical right

History edit

Blessed Zefirino Agostini

In 1856 Blessed Zefirino Agostini, a parish priest, opened with some girls of an oratory of Verona a school for poor girls of the parish of Saints Nazarius and Celsus after he had asked for his bishop's permission. His work was supported by women who lived with their families and formed the Pious Union of Devout Sisters of Saint Angela, but in 1860 some of them started to live in community. In 1869 Luigi di Canossa, the bishop of Verona, got Zefirino Agostini to refound in his diocese the defunct company of Saint Ursula of Verona, a community inspired by the teachings of Saint Angela Merici. The "external" and "internal" members worked together until 1901, when the former embraced the rule of Saint Angela Merici and the latter adopted a new rule, forming a congregation of diocesan right, which became a congregation of pontifical right in 1940.

The congregation, which has about 650 member today, spread in Italy and settled in Madagascar in 1960, in Switzerland in 1964, in Uruguay in 1965, in Brazil in 1979, in Paraguay and Burkina Faso in 1992, in Peru in 2001, in Benin in 2002 and in Togo in 2006. In addition to the formal education of young people, it is involved in different activities, such as the pastoral care, the catechism, the housing for people in difficulty, the student housing, the hostels and the dispensaries (in Madagascar).[1][2][3][4]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Ursuline Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Verona". Saint Angela and Saint Ursula International Center of Studies. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Orlandi, Angelo. "Zefirino Agostini, presbitero, fondatore delle Orsoline Figlie di Maria Immacolata" [Zefirino Agostini, presbyter, founder of Ursulines Sisters of Mary Immaculate] (in Italian). paginecattoliche.it. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Home page" (in Italian). Ursulines Sisters of Mary Immaculate. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Ursulines of Verona. Ursulines of Gandino". docplayer.net. 2007. pp. 89–90. Retrieved August 29, 2017.