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Canossian Sons of Charity

CANOSSIAN  SONS OF CHARITY: Brothers and Priests journeying together in charity and humility to be witnesses of the Greatest Love.


Where do we come from?


Magdalene was born of the noble family of Canossa in Verona, on March 1, 1774. Educated in the school of faith and sorrows, she chose to live for God Alone, putting herself at the service of the poor, above all in the new generation and women. Magdalene began her works of Charity, with a few companions on May 8, 1808 in Verona. On December 23, 1828, she obtained pontifical approval for the institute of Daughters of Charity, which was already established in Venice, Milan, Bergamo, and Trent. The Institute of Sons of Charity began on May 23, 1831 in Venice.  They were born in the humility of the Cross.  For many years this “evangelical seed” remained alive and at work, transmitted by a small number of Religious Brothers, but the grain of wheat, by God’s grace, has given much fruit.  At the hour known only to the Lord, the Institute began to grow and develop, faithful to teh Foundress’ plan.


Who we are


We, the Canossian Sons of Charity, Fathers and Brothers, faithful to the charismatic traditions of our institute and to the needs of every person, in communion with the local Church, offer our services in the field of  EVANGELIZATION and HUMAN PROMOTION.


As Consecrated religious – brothers, priests, deacons – we express the greatest love in the ministries of charity, which have been given to us.


The daily “Oratory”: it is the moment and place for the pastoral care of all the children and youth, with special attention to the poorest, to those “rejected by everyone”, as Magdalene said.


The Parishes: especially into the poor areas and the outskirts. Assistential activities: where we can truly offer to the “least”, formative activities on a regular and homely basis.


The Arrival of the Canossian Fathers in  the Philippines


The presence of the Canossian Fathers in the Philippines started in the hinterlands of Samar. They began the mission in Jipapad, Eastern Samar and in Conception, Arteche, Eastern Samar. The two pioneer missionaries are Fathers Vittorio Cavallaro and Eduardo Lanzalaco. They are working in a place with no roads because of circuitous rivers and unconquered mountains that isolated the two places.


In 1986 upon the invitation of the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila, the CANOSSIAN FATHERS in Italy sent two  priests to start a mission and to open a Seminary .  Fr. Stefano Arnone and Fr. Carlo Bittante were the pioneers of St. Magdalene of Canossa Formation House in New Manila. The opening of the Seminary gave a chance to many young men to attend invitations to vocation animation and discernment to follow Christ in the priestly and religious life.  They invited young men to attend search-in, forming prayer groups, youth encounters and personal contacts.


In 1987, Father Giovanni Gentelin arrived from Italy to complete the team. The following year, the Pontificio Instituto Missioni Estere (PIME) Fathers gave way for the Canossian Fathers to exercise their ministry to the poor in Tondo. Eventually, they gave to the Canossian Fathers the administration of the San Pablo Apostol Parish in Magsaysay Village. From then on the Canossian Fathers flourished. Since 1991,  the Canossian Fathers has Postulancy and Novitiate Formation House in Marikina.  Their second Parish was established in Tala, Bataan in 2005, the chaplaincy of the Parish of St. Josephine Bakhita,  through the invitation of then Bishop Socrates Villegas. Father Gerry Bongcawil, the first Filipino Canossian priest, is the chaplain.


Where can you find us?

Canossian Sons of Charity
Our Lady of Sorrows-Philippine Delegation
St. Magdalene of Canossa Formation House
7, 17th St., New Manila, Quezon City
Telefax: 722 5797 / 721 1321
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