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Towards Unity

The political and the historical circumstances during the time of Jeanne-Antide brought about a separation within the Congregation with a Superior General in Rome and another one in Besançon. However nobody truly relinquished this separation. Since the death of  Jeanne-Antide, the contacts between  Rome and Besançon were never lacking as well as suggestions to unite afresh the two branches. A long journey however was necessary down the years in order to arrive to an official unity.

 

Throughout  the world

It was at the beginning of the 20thcentury that the Sisters of Charity left Europe towards other continents in order to answer the calls of the Church (especially during the Vatican Council II) or when challenged by the political and social events (in France, when the laws prohibited the religious to teach … the immigrants’ calls … in Latin America … the situations of the christian minorities … in Pakistan … in Indonesia … in Sudan … in India … in Vietnam …)  

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The reorganisations

With the passing of time, according to the calls of the mission and territorial establishments, according to the numerical development within the Congregation, the initial formation needs and to intensify the missionary dynamism and the unity of the body congregation in the cultural diversity, the structures and the territorial restructuring developed : the pooling of communities, Provinces and progressive responsibilities left to new realities … at the service of life. 

 

The faces of holiness

After the canonisation of Jeanne-Antide, in 1934, other sisters of the Congregation have been officially acknowledged by the Church as witnesses of God’s charity.    

The quality of their life and their service become examples for all the christians and lead us on the path of holiness. We are referring to Sister Agostina who was a nurse in Rome, Sister Nemesia an educator in Tortona and Borgaro in Turin, and Sister Enrichetta at the service of the prisoners in Milan.  These three visages and figures complement and represent the traditional services of charity to which the sisters of Charity are called since the beginning of the Congregation.   

Regola-di--Vita-1820 4b

Rule of life, 1820

Sainte Jeanne-Antide, saint Agostina, blessed Enrichetta, blessed Nemesia

 


 

THE PATH OF THE CONGREGATION’S DEVELOPMENTS

1799

■ 11th  April : foundation of the Congregation by Sr. Jeanne-Antide Thouret in  Besançon, France

1810

■ Foundation in Switzerland  

■ Foundation in Savoie, Thonon

■ Foundation in Italy, Naples

1825

■ Foundation in Vercelli

■ Sr Victoire Batholemot  is appointed to represent  Jeanne-Antide in Savoie.  It’s the beginning of the Province of Savoie.

1826

■ 26th August : Jeanne-Antide, Superior general of the Sisters of Charity dies in Naples.

■ Sr. Genevieve  Boucon is appointed Superior General  (end of 1856)

■ In Besançon, Sr. Catherine Barrois (1822-1827) is the Superior general  

1830

■ Constitution of the Province of Vercelli

1826-1919

■ Superiors general in Rome:

Sr. Geneviève Boucon (1826-1856)
Sr. Catherine Chambrot (1856-1880)
Sr. M.Therese Vignet (1880-1885)
Sr. M. Joseph Boquin (1885-1893)
Sr. Irene Buzio (1893-1895)
Sr. Leontine Vandel (1895-1899)
Sr. Hildegarde Zmiglio (1900-1915)

1868

■ Foundation in Malta

1900

■ 15th January: Introduction of the cause of beatification of Jeanne-Antide

1901

■ Foundation in England

1902

■ Warm welcome of Mother Ildegarde Zmiglio in Besançon

1903

■ Foundation in Belgium (end of 1980)

■ Constitution of the Province of Turin

1904

■ Foundation in Lebanon

■ Constitution of the Province de Malta

1909

■ Foundation in Egypt

1918

■ In Besançon, diocesan process for the beatification of Jeanne-Antide

1919

■ First steps towards the re-unification of the Congregation 

■ In July, visit to  Besançon of Mother Anne Lapierre, then Superior general in Rome (1916-1936)

■ On the 11December, Mother M. Anna Groffe, then Superior general in Besançon (1902-1930) asks officially for the union with Italy.

1920

■ The union is postponed for prudence sake, on the advice of the Church.

1921

■ Decree on the heroism of the virtues of Jeanne-Antide

1925

■ Foundation in Syria

1926

■ 23 May : Beatification of Jeanne-Antide Thouret

1928

■ Constitution of the Province of Rome

1932

■ Foundation in the United States

1934

■ 14 January :

- Canonisation of Saint  Jeanne-Antide

- Foundation in Laos

■ Sr. Aldegonde Gizzi is Superior general in Rome (1936-1953) and Sr Charles Loigeret, in Besançon (1936-1951)

■ 2 November, opposition of French government to the Decree of Pius XI concerning the union.

1935

1936

■ The disappointment causes strong reactions among the Sisters. About fifty Sisters, especially Egyptians are authorised to shift  from Besançon to Rome.

1940

■ Foundation in Algeria

■ Constitution of the Province of Brescia

1951

■ Opening of the diocesan process of Sr. Nemesia Valle

■ Sr Charles Loigeret relaunches the Union   

1952

■ Sr Antoine de Padoue Duffet is elected Superior General in  Besançon

1953

■ Sr Giovanna Francesca Voltolini is elected Superior general in Rome (1953-1965).

■ In August, in Besançon and in Sancey, she meets the Superior of  Besançon to prepare the Union.

1954

■ Mother Giovanna Francesca Voltolini summons in Rome all the Superiors of the Institute ; that of Besançon participates for the first time.

1957

■ Pilgrimage of the Mother General and the Provincial Superiors to Sancey and  Besançon to celebrate the Union.

1960

■ Foundation in Central African Republic 

1962

■ Foundation in Chad 

1962-1965

■ Vatican Council II invites the Congregations to a big task of research and return to the sources in view of defining the charism better. At this point a new Rule of Life will emerge. 

1965

■ Foundation in Libya (until 1996)

■ Sr. Maria Candida Torchio becomes Superior general (1965-1969)

1967

■ Foundation in Paraguay

1968

■ Foundation in Argentine

1968-1969

■ Celebration of the special General Chapter for the revision of the Constitutions.

1969

■ Mother Antoine de Padoue Duffet, general councillor in Rome (1965-1969) is elected Mother General of the Congregation (1969-1980), after the premature death of Sr.  Maria Candida Torchio.

1972

■ 11 November: Beatification of Sr. Agostina Pietrantoni

1976

■ Constitution of the Province of the United States

1980

■ Foundation in Indonesia

■ Celebration of the General chapter : Sr. Maria Carla Aletti is elected Superior General (1980-1990)

1981

■ 11 April: the Church approves the new text of the Rule of Life.   

1982

■ Foundation in Pakistan

1984

■ Foundation in Sudan

1986

■ Constitution of the Regions of Central Africa and Latin America. 

1990

■ Foundation in Cameroon

■ Celebration of the General chapter : Sr. Marie Antoine Henriot is elected Superior general (1990-2000)

1991

■ Foundation in Romania 

1992

■ Foundation in Albania

1993

■ Fusion of the Sisters of Our-Lady of Digne with our Congregation.  

1995

■ Beginning of the Diocesan process of beatification and canonisation of Sr. Enrichetta Alfieri
■ Foundation in Bolivia 

1996

■ Foundation in Brazil

1998

■ Vatican official decree which recognises the union between the two branches of the Institute.   

1999

■ Celebration of the Bi-centenary of the Foundation

■ Foundation in India  

■ 18 April: Canonisation of Sr. Agostina Pietrantoni

2000

■ 23 January : Celebration of the Fusion of the Sisters Hospitallers of Besançon with our Congregation.

■ Celebration du General chapter : Sr. Maria Luisa Colombo is elected Superior general (2000 - 2010)

■ Constitution of the Middle East Province

2002

■ 5 July: Sr. Nemesia Valle is proclaimed Venerable by Pope John Paul II

■ Foundation in Thailand

■ Constitution of the North Italy Province ( ex. Provinces Turin - Brescia - Vercelli)

2003

■ Foundation in Ethiopia

2004

■ Foundation in Vietnam

■ 25 April : Sr. Nemesia Valle is proclaimed Blessed by Pope John Paul II

2005

■ Foundation in Moldavia   

■ Celebration of General chapter

2006

■ Constitution of Central Italy Province  (ex. Provinces : Roma - Ferrara)

■ The Province of Naples becomes South Italy Province  

■ Constitution of the Central African Province (Chad - CAR - Cameroon) 

■  Constitution  of  Eastern-Europe Region (Romania - Albania - Moldavia)

■  Constitution  of the Pakistan region

■  Constitution  of the Latin American Province ( Argentine - Paraguay - Bolivia - Brazil)

2007

■ Constitution of the Province Besançon-Savoie (France - Switzerland - England)

■ Constitution of the South East Asian  Province (Laos - Vietnam - Thailand)

2009

■ 19 December: Sr. Enrichetta is declared Venerable by Pope  Benedict XVI

2010

■ Celebration of the General chapter : Sr. Nunzia di Gori is elected Superior general

2011

■ 26 June in Milan: Sr. Enrichetta Alfieri is declared Blessed

2014

■ Celebration of the Fusion of the Congregation of Saint Mathe with our Congregation

2015

1-26th of July: Celebration of the 20th General chapter : sr Nunzia de Gori is reelected Superior general

2017

■ Constitution of Province Italy-Malte (ex. Province Italy Sud, Italy centre, Italy Nord and Malte)

 

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