St. Magdalene of Canossa

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Magdalene Gabriella of Canossa was born in Verona on March 1, 1774 of the noble family
of the Marquises of Canossa.
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 the Daughters
of Charity, which was  already established in Venice, Milan, Bergamo and Trent.

The Institute of the Sons of Charity began on May 23, 1831 in Venice.

Magdalene died in Verona on April 10, 1835. She was beatified in Rome on December 8,1941
by Pope Pius XII and proclaimed Saint on October 2, 1988 by Pope Paul John II.

Magdalene' s passion:
to be close to every person, to discover and experience together with each of them
the concern God has for life and to proclaim to many the goodness of God our Father.

Her genius:
to engage every possible energy in her project in which she dedicates her whole being
for the fulfilment of the Kingdom.

Her yearning:
to promote the growth of the person, especially of the poorest: to educate, to evangelize
and to assist the sick...

Her horizon:
to reach out to the entire world, « to go to the ends of the earth> so that Jesus may
be known and loved!


1. City of Verona,  Magdalene's birthplace

2. Canossa Palace - where Magdalene was born

3.Back of Canossa Palace, on the bank of the river Adige.

4. Palace of Grezzano, Canossa's summer residence.


Prayers in honour of St. Magdalene of Canossa




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