Our history

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Governo generale ScalabrinianeThe Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo – Scalabrinians was founded by Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini in Piacenza on October 25, 1895, with the brother and sister Father Joseph and Mother Assunta Marchetti as Cofounders. The Generalizia Center of the same one is to Rome. E’ constituted from six province and carries out its mission between the migranti in 26 countries of four continents.

By living the Scalabrinian charism, Scalabrinian Sisters welcome God’s love as a gift to be passed on to those suffering the hardship of being migrants.

In this way they guarantee the continuation of the prophetic intuition of the Congregation’s Founder, John Baptist Scalabrini, who translated this intuition into a practical socio-pastoral project, entrusting its early steps in history to the generous determination of the Cofounders, Father Joseph Marchetti and Mother Assunta Marchetti.

The charism of the MSCS Sisters arose at the time of the great Italian emigration toward the Americas at the end of the 19th century, as a response of faith that took practical shape as an institution. It continues with the spiritual heirs of Blessed Scalabrini: the Missionaries of St Charles, the Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo – to whom the Secular Scalabrinian Missionaries, who drew their inspiration from Bishop Scalabrini, were added at a more recent date – and the Scalabrinian Lay Missionaries.

As time passed, the underlying value was grasped of certain elements inherent in history, such as the Latin word humilitas, which had a determining place in the spirituality of the Founder, who had in turn drawn it from St Charles Borromeo, the patron he left to “his” congregations. From this word MSCS Sisters learn to be “sisters”, “servants”, “free gift”.

Accompanying and supporting migrants in their exodus, the Sisters also seek to draw inspiration from the Risen One who, on the road to Emmaus, comes “close” and who, with pedagogical tact, takes the initiative in a dialogue that leads the disciples to the discovery of his identity, in other words the Truth. Migrants in turn become a “teacher” for them, calling them to constant renewal.