Maria Teresa Scrilli was the foundress of our institute. She was
born in Montevarchi in Tuscany, Italy in 1825. The spirituality
is to search for union with God, living in His presence in
allegiance to Jesus Christ, by imitating the Blessed Virgin
Mary, and by integrating the contemplative with the apostolic
Our charism is to
lead souls to God in a spirit of charity and prayer.
Consequently our work is the moral, Christian, and civil
instruction and education of youth from their tenderest years
through adolescence. Added to this the institute offers
assistance to the sick in hospitals and clinics, and to the
elderly in homes for the aged. The institute carries out these
works also in mission lands. The countries where our sisters
carry out our apostolate are Italy, Poland, Brazil, India, the
United States, and the Czech Republic.
We receive candidates
up to 35 years old. In some cases exceptions can be made. Those
admitted to the postulancy and aspirancy should be at least 17
years of age and ordinarily should have successfully completed
the years of schooling required in her country.