Jubilee of the Philippine Pious Teachers: At School for Comprehensive Training

The founder of the nuns who are dedicated to teaching in schools, Lucia Filippini, was born 350 years ago. In memory of their loving and forceful style, the sisters dedicated to this apostolate emphasize the need to relaunch, precisely through their educational work, the values ​​on which to build a healthy capacity for relationship and human growth.

Antonella Palermo – Vatican City

The Philippine Sisters of Mercy are celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of the founding Saint Lucia Filippini this year. The Jubilee was inaugurated on January 16 in Montefiascone (VT) with the opening of the Holy Door followed by the solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by Bishop Lino Fumagalli of Viterbo. The Provincial House of Rome, in via delle Fornaci 161, celebrates this anniversary with a triduum of preparation and the celebration of Mass on May 12 in the parish church of Santa Maria delle Fornaci presided over by Bishop Fabio Fabene.

It enlightens the intelligences and lifts the hearts

Lucia Filippini was born on January 13, 1672. She was orphaned at a very young age. After meeting in Tarquinia with Cardinal Marcantonio Barbarigo, Lucia was entrusted by him to the monastery of Santa Chiara in Montefiascone to continue her education. This was his training ground: enlightening minds and lifting hearts was his purpose. Renewing the society of the time with the opening of schools for girls was Barbarigo’s dream. It was Rosa Venerini who started these schools in the diocese of Montefiascone and when she had to return to Viterbo, the cardinal entrusted the schools to the young Lucia Filippini, twenty years old. When Rosa Venerini died, Lucia continued her work alone. He opened several schools in Montefiascone, expanded the institutes in Rome and other centers in Italy, and also established numerous schools abroad, especially in North America, where they still work with great fruit. He died on March 25, 1732. On June 22, 1930, he was canonized.






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The charisma of giving dignity to women through education

The time when the Institute was born was marked by a marked social exclusion of women relegated to a “buried” role, as one of the teachers says. “Born to help girls and women take their dignity,” the Philippine Institute of Pietos wants to operate in the field of education in the style of the founder: docile, gentle especially with poor girls. Prayer, singing, and manual labor were the inclinations on which Lucia was trained — remember the teachers — and preached spiritual exercises to women. “A tradition that has been maintained to this day in a different way. We are also committed to training lay people who feel helped to face the problems of society more strongly.”

“Sweetness and meekness, steadfastness and benevolence”

One of the nursery schools has been in via delle Fornaci since 1929, once it also included elementary schools. “We work very well even though the number of students is declining,” says the principal. It also accommodates several children from foreign families. The challenge was to get through the most critical period of the pandemic that “affected the children a lot, they suffered” but now they are well, happy and calm. “We have adapted the environments but above all we have tried to better understand the condition in which they were to try to fill this gap with love and dedication by telling them about the discomfort they felt when they felt away from school,” he continues. . And he wants to emphasize that this is his home. “There is a spirit of collaboration, openness and dialogue with families,” he said. ” their whole personality, “helping them to educate the will, which is very difficult today.” The integral education of the person, trying to get the best out of him from an early age.

Life at the school of the Philippine Pious Masters




Life in the school of the Philippine Pious Masters

Educate the relationship

The teacher recalls – in an era plagued by social media, school bullying, a partial obfuscation of the role of the school agency in contemporary society but also by phenomena of strong dispersion – that school remains an absolute necessity. “In Italy I see a strong role and individualism. It lacks the ability to open up to others. The school is used for this, however, not only to transmit skills.” And the principal concludes: “First of all we try to value children in their peculiarities, we make them understand what they are worth in our eyes. Children need this, trust, know that schools love and love them. Humanity, understanding to be able take away from the student the good baggage he carries with him “.

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