The Bicentenary Celebrations of the Foundation of the Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross
Basilica of Ss. John and Paul, Rome, Italy
The opening ceremony of the Jubilee year of the Second Centenary of the Foundation of the Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross took place on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in the Basilica of Sts. John and Paul, Rome. The Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Agostino Cardinal Vallini, presided at the solemn Eucharistic liturgy. The concelebrants included Fr. Joachim Rego, Superior General of the Passionists, Fr. Ottaviano D’Egidio, former Superior General, Fr. Fiorenzo Bordo, PRAES Provincial Superior, Fr. Cosimo Chianura, LAT Provincial Superior, and many religious from the Passionist community at Sts. John and Paul, as well as several diocesan priests. Together with the Superior General of the Sisters, Mother Mary Dalessandro and other provincial superiors, many laity, including many children and young adults from the Sisters’ schools together with their parents and families, also attended the celebration.
This solemn celebration inaugurated the Jubilee Year of remembrance and gratitude for the two hundred years of the Congregation, which began on March 17, 1815 in Florence, Italy. Noblewoman, and now Servant of God, Maddalena Frescobaldi Capponi, founded the work, placing it under the protection and patronage of St. Paul of the Cross. The initial inspiration was to gather a group of women in the love of Christ, who would be totally dedicated to the service of children and the poor, in response to the misery of the crucified of all times. Since then, the Congregation has grown in the number of religious and in the number of communities. Today the Sisters are present in twenty-seven countries on five continents, and are involved in educational and scholastic activities, the care of minors, single mothers, women at risk and the elderly. Additionally they are involved in parish and pastoral ministry and social advancement.
The Sisters’ Jubilee Year will continue with many other celebrations in various other locations, recalling the various phases of the foundation of the Congregation, until its solemn closing 17 March 2016.
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