Our Foundress

Foundress- Bl. Brigida of Jesus

Blessed Brigida Morello was born on 17th June, 1610, at San Michele of  Pagana, in the Province of Genoa in Italy. Her parents were Nicolo Morello and Lavinia Borzese. Blessed Brigida was born as the sixth of eleven children. She was baptized in the church of St. Michael of Pagana in the township of Rapallo. Right from the beginning she was endowed with special graces and grew with a constant vocation to holiness.

On 17th  February 1649, Ash Wednesday, after having overcome enormous difficulties, in strict poverty and with great faith in God, she founded the House of St. Ursula for the formation and the Christian education of the young, to whom she was dedicated with extraordinary fervour and passion. The life of Blessed Brigida and her companions was not easy, especially at the beginning; but her unfailing faith and trust in God’s goodness made them move ahead. After an intense life of prayer, contemplation, sacrifice, commitment for the growth of the new Congregation and of her educational service, Blessed Brigida died a holy death on 3rd September 1679. She was beatified on 15th March 1998 by Pope John Paul II. Blessed Brigida has left to her daughters, as inheritance, a great love for the Church, a missionary eagerness, zeal to enrich all people with the love and the hope that come from Christ Jesus.