Mission in Italy
The Lord has done great things for us!

     It is Father Anthony Gianelli’s sensitive heart and spirit that moved him to start a new mission in the Church of Chiavari, northern Italy. When he became aware of the abandoned orphan girls of the city he gathered a group of young ladies to care for them.

     On January 12, 1829 the first Daughters of Mary assumed the responsibility of the direction of the Hospice of Charity and Work, a branch of the Economic Society. Soon after, the Sisters’ services were required outside the boundaries of Chiavari and extended their mission to the whole Ligurian Region, offering quality education in nursery, elementary, and high schools, as well as their loving service in hospitals.

     Italy has two Religious Provinces: Rome and Genoa. They serve in thirty-eight communities spread throughout the Regions of Lazio, Le Marche, Basilicata, Abruzzo, Toscana, Friuli, Venezia, Giulia, and Puglia. The demands of today’s society made them give special attention to disabled people, children coming from problematic homes, and the elderly. The presence of "Le gianelline", as people call the Daughters of Our Lady of the Garden in Italy, is also known in the fields of education, attention of parishes, and the coordination of youth ministry, especially in the missionary formation of young people.

     For more information in Italian, please visit
Figlie di Maria Santissima dell'Orto at www.gianelline.net/ita/index.asp.