On 1st January 2012
3 Provinces : North Italy / Central Italy / South Italy
A call for Naples
In 1810, on the emperor’s request, Madam Laetitia, Mother of the Emperor Napoleon, writes to Jeanne-Antide Thouret, superior of the Daughters of Charity with whom she got acquainted during the Chapter of 1807 that was held in Paris ; she suggests her to send sisters in Naples, a city that was governed by the French since 4 years and whose king Joachim Murat reigned since 1808.
Jeanne-Antide accepts the request and she personally leaves in order to accompany the first 6 sisters who will arrive in Naples on the 18th November 1810.
They are welcomed at the city entrance by the local authorities and then reach the house destined for them : the monastery of Regina Coeli – formerly inhabited for two centuries by the Augustinian sisters.
As soon as they arrive, the sisters assume the responsibility to serve the sick (around 1200), in the Hospital of the Incurables.
They welcome and teach the children in two nearby schools.
They cure the sick with the remedies which are prepared and distributed in the small monastery pharmacy.
They visit the poor and assist them in the various parishes of the city.
On the 22nd July, 1825, in order to answer the request of the administration of the hospital St. Andrew of Vercelli, Jeanne-Antide sends some sisters. On the 24th May of the following year, she sends another two sisters for the hospice of the poor in the same city.
In 1834, the Duke of Modena, Francesco IV writes to the Provincial Superior of Vercelli to have some sisters, but it’s from Naples that Sr. Rosalie Thouret will come (Jeanne-Antide’s niece) to start the new foundation in the city of Modena, a foundation that has its origins in the Province of Ferrara.
On the 10th May 1903 the Province of Turin is established; its centre is the ancient castle of the Counts Birago, in Borgaro Turin.
In 1940 the Province of Brescia is established.
It’s again Sr. Rosalie Thouret who will arrive in Rome on the 12th September 1844 to answer a request on behalf of Pope Gregory XVI who desires some sisters for a «conservatory» (sort of an orphanage) near the hospital Santo Spirito. In 1850, the sisters become responsible for the running of this hospital’s wards.
In 1851 a novitiate is opened in Rome and on the 1st November 1859 the Province of Rome is established.
On the 19th July 1862, the novitiate which was within the hospital of Holy Spirit, is transferred to the foot of the Aventine as well as the General House which is still in this location.
The main services or commitments of the communities and sisters:
- Assistance and care of the sick
- Nursing home for the elderly lay persons
- Civil hospitals (nurses, voluntary work, chaplaincy)
- Military hospitals
- Hostels for unsettled persons
- Health care centre
- Pastoral work in the schools and universities:
- Schools (kindergarten, elementary, secondary : high schools and lyceums)
- Students’ hostels
- Pastoral work in the parishes
- Youth pastoral ministry
- Pastoral work in the social domain:
- Family homes for underage persons
- Centres for scholastic support
- Welcoming and listening posts, Caritas
- Voluntary work in the prisons
- Female prisons
- Family house for AIDS patients
- Nursing home for the elderly sisters
- Guests houses for retreats and encounters