First Foundation in Sondrio 1888
Province from 1937 to 2019 - House since 6 April 2019
"From God we draw our life; without Him we could not really live" (Pope Francis)
Every day in our community life we find a path of personal growth and a challenge to live the Gospel concretely. The small group of sisters – most of them quite old - doesn’t lose the Hope that, in each phase of their journey” life is possible “to be and feel mission” among the people.
The strength of the Word
Each community finds light and strength in listening to the Word. The monthly spiritual retreats and the daily meditation over the Holy Scripture reveal the necessary places to give flavour to our consecrated lives. We feel the truth of the sentence of our Founder, Father Theodosius Florentini: “Let your happiness be the Word of Christ”.
The passion for formation
The charism, which has characterized the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Italy since the beginning, has been the passion for the education of children, youth and women. Therefore, we favour collaboration in the pastoral life of the parish, listening and the spiritual support of people, the school support of disadvantaged children, visiting and the nursing counselling with old and sick people, the proposal of training sessions about the Word and recent educational themes. Each sister tries to give her own gift to be of service for the people she meets on the path every day. Devoting ourselves to the formation of people means collaborating with God in the creation of a new humanity.
The care for the old sisters
The community of S.Croce in Sondrio, with the support of lay workers, is particularly engaged in the care and spiritual support of the old and ill sisters. The prayer and the offering of the sufferings, caused by the illness and the decline of strengths, are the way through which each sister serves the town of Sondrio. The daily worship in Adoration is the precious moment, where the sisters give to Him all the intentions of prayer that have been entrusted to them. Pope Francis in a speech invited people to visit and not to forget “those shrines of holiness and apostolate, which are the elderly nursing homes of priests and sisters: good priests and sisters, bearing the burden of solitude, who are waiting for the Lord to knock at the door of their hearts”.
The care for creation
At the invitation of the last encyclical of Pope Francis “Laudato sì” and of the journey of our Congregation, we try to pay attention to “the cry of the Earth – the cry of the poor”. We give value to the Message of the National Day of Creation Care and the worldwide Day of prayer, announced last August by Pope Francis: the first day of September of each year. We are attentive to the projects of the Church and of our Congregation, which promote in a special way the dignity of the most disadvantaged and take care for everything God has created.
The value of the presence
"I thank God for the good that He put in your heart". With these words of our Foundress, Mother Bernarda, we search to stay close to people, in helping them to discover the good that God has put within them, through the listening, the collaboration, the concrete help. We recognize that in today's world, often wounded by suffering or loneliness, it is essential to know how to create authentic relationships with those we meet. In daily simple activities, we always feel we are on the way, supported by the Presence of God, who has always loved us, transforms us and gives value to everything we do.
"Let us begin every day, newly, to love the Lord" (Mother Bernarda)