Who are we – yesterday
The periodical’s purpose:
to take care of the ongoing formation of the sisters and to
inform, with abundant and variety of information material, on the
life and the growth of the Institute in Italy and outside… the periodical
could be a bond between the periphery and the centre…
an useful means to inculcate in us the awareness of being Institute,
that is of feeling on the vital plane that we form a big family,
that has a common charism, common ideals and problems, in
spite of the different working situations and socio-cultural
conditions of the milieu in which we fulfil our apostolic service…
Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me (Mk 9:37)
The Institute of the «Sisters of Charity of Saints B. Capitanio and V. Gerosa» – commonly known as «Suore di Maria Bambina» – was started on 21 November 1832 at Lovere, Bergamo, and was approved by the Holy See on 5 June 1840; it dedicated itself to charity, responding to the «great, extreme need» of a grave moment in the history of Italy.
«I will constantly keep in mind those who are in the greatest need, either because they have no-one to keep an eye on them, or because of the moral danger they are in, because of the evil inclinations they are overruled by, or because of their lively character. To these, in a special way. I will consider myself a Mother»
Besides young women in moral danger (cf. CF 1) and poor young girls without parents (cf. CF 4), the Institute «totally founded on charity» should devote itself to the relief of the poor sick as well, and especially to the care and the direction of Hospitals (CF 7): these are the sectors specifically included by Bartolomea among the particular types of active charity, that was so dear to her heart.