History

    HISTORY

The Servants of the Visitation consecrate themselves totally to God who from eternity has loved them with a love of predilection.
They embrace and live the evangelical counsels of poverty-chastity-obedience, inspired by Mary in the mystery of the Visitation: Servant of the Lord, bearer of grace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Like Mary, they commit themselves to the Visitation, they blend harmoniously: active and contemplative life.
They are only committed, with their lives, to witness and make shine in the Church the mystery of the Visitation, nor the intention of making present in the world what happened in Ain Karim in the meeting of the two Mothers: a true explosion of salvation, of jubilation, of praise to the Lord: Magnificat!
The Holy Father John Paul II, in his Encyclical “Redemptoris Mater” of 25 March 1987, once again proposes to the whole Church Mary’s example: “Blessed for her faith”, totally striving for the praise of God and joyful service to the “poorest”, in simplicity of heart (cf. R.M.3).


IMPORTANT DATES

Their “cradle”, was the Monastery of St. Joseph of the Benedictines, in Assisi on April 16, 1978.
On June 29, 1978: H.E. Msgr. Dino Tomassini, Erects the group, in “Pia Unione Ancelle della Visitazione”.
Il July 13, 1978: opening of the first community in Rome, Via Germanico 146, working apostolically in the hospitals: Policlinico Umberto I, Oftalmico, Nuovo Regina Margherita, St. John the Baptist at the Magliana.
On August 20, 1978: H. E. Msgr. Agostino Mayer, blesses the chapel in via Germanico 146 offered by S. E. Msgr. Fiorenzo Angelini. The first community of Via Germanico.
On September 11, 1978: The community moved from the Monastery of St. Joseph to Villa S. Tecla, in the Palace of Assisi, the summer residence of the seminarians.
On July 30, 1980: Bishop Dino Tomassini died of a heart attack, who would remain, for the religious family, the “Good Father”.
On February 2, 1981: His Eminence Most Reverend Card. Ugo Poletti, Vicar of Pope John Paul II, issues the Decree of Erection of the Pious Union in the Congregation of Diocesan Right Servants of the Visitation, in the diocese of Roma.
On March 30, 1981: His Eminence Rev. Card. Ugo Poletti presides over the celebration in which he erects the Pious Union and delivers to each Servant the new constitutions, in the Chapel of St. Frances Romana.
On June 1, 1981: the community moved from Palazzo di Assisi, to S. Marinella (Rome), which became the Mother House of the Institute; a house of spiritual and cultural formation for young women who aspire to religious life and, Shelter for people of the third age.
On June 29, 1983: opening of the first overseas house, in Oristano. Family Home for people of the third age.
On January 15, 1985: opening of the Hermitage of St. Mary in the Visitation, in Mora di Assisi.
On February 2, 1986: opening of the first house in Brazil in Itaquaquecetuba, on the outskirts of S. Paulo, and then after a few years he moved to “Vila Acalanto”, in Guarapiranga, always on the outskirts of S. Paolo.
On June 26, 1986: The Community of Rome moved from Via Germanico to Via Giorgio Baglivi, 9. Generalate and registered office of the Institute.
On April 9, 1988: opening of the house in Manila followed by the opening of the mission in Borongan, on the island of Samar on 1 June 1988
On May 31, 1988: blessing of the Shrine to “Saint Mary of the Visitation” by His Em. Card Ugo Poletti; followed by the Consecration of the same Shrine, on August 13 of the same year at the end of the Marian Year, by H.E. Msgr. Diego Bona, Ordinary of the place.
On May 31, 1988: the Lay Association “Custos of the Visitation” was born, with the Decree of St. and Msgr. Diego Bona.
On June 12, 1991: urged by S. And Msgr. Rocco Taluccio, two Sisters went to Lagonegro, in the L. Cosentino Retirement Home, to offer their directional service.
On September 8, 1993: presence of a small community in Fontecchio (Aq) at the Opera S. Maria della Pace
On September 8, 1993: presence of a small community in Bolechowice – October Krakovia.
On october 7, 1993: “in itinere”, a close apostolic relationship with the Bishop of Ambanja in Madagascar begins. A sister offers, in the preparatory seminary of Nosy- be, philosophy lesson to young people.
On July 2, 1995: the activity began in the Nursery School in S. Matteo della Decima (BO). March
On March 4, 1996: Some Servants go to work in the “Maria Consolatrice Rest Home” in Maratea (Potenza).
On May 31, 1997: another building, “AIN KARIM 2” in Borongan (Philippines), is inaugurated and blessed by Bishop L. Medroso,
On July 2, 1997: opening of the mission in Madagascar, Nosy-be, in the Diocese of Ambanja.
On September 1, 1997: a sister of the Community of St. Matteo della Decima at the request of the parish priest, collaborates with the teachers of the Nursery School of Dosso, A few kilometers from St. Matthew.
On September 8, 1999: the day of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, the Congregation received Pontifical recognition, because of which, in addition to the juridical fact, the theological, spiritual and apostolic reality of the Institute itself was valued.
In the jubilee year of 2000: the community of Nosy – be was then transferred to the village of Mahitsy, about 40 km away. from the Capital Antananarivo
On July 15, 2005: the first stone of the building destined for the community of Bevalala was blessed on October 7, 2002: the Servants of the Visitation begin a new missionary presence in Kenya, in Ol Moran
On June 29, 2007, the house of formation in Nairobi, currently an international novitiate, was officially opened.
In January 2007: the first two sisters arrived in Cameroon, where the construction of the mission of the congregation had already begun in the village of Evodoula, in the diocese of Obala. Nine years later, on October 7, 2016, the community of Kribi was opened in Cameroon.