Our community began in 1961 in Solothurn with Adelia Firetti, a young teacher from Piacenza. She arrived in Switzerland invited by the Scalabrinian Missionaries to teach the children of migrants, but also because she was moved by a deep search for faith. Due to difficulties which occurred with the institutions, the school was in fact not opened.
Facing a future which was not unfolding according to her expectations, Adelia perceived that the deeper choice that she had to make was to be rooted in a vertical relationship of faith with God, from whom she could receive that direction on how she desired to spend her life. In this experience she could feel the presence of the loving Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected, who was calling her to follow Him in an unconditional surrender of her life.
"It was July 25. A mixture of feelings, between fear and trust, were going through me. That God who had led me this far made me perceive the presence full of love of his crucified and risen Son. In that moment of prayer I spoke my yes to him, handing him over my life completely.
This secret vow became my reference point and my hope: no matter what would happen, and anything could happen, I was in the hands of God and this for ever. I entrusted myself to Him and this was my strength and my joy".
yes to the love of God, combined with the liberating experience of a
deep joy which nothing and no one can take away from us, and the always
new surrender of our smallness and disproportion to God, is till today
the heart of our life and our various working placements. In fact,
contemplation and prayer become for us “the most vital and powerful
part” of our life and mission.
They light up the joy and the desire to cooperate with God in his project of communion between individuals and among nations.
The vows become the way of referral to the filial life of Jesus, who is “the salt and yeast” which can transform the world from within. He is the only one who can really answer to the deepest thirst in each human being: the thirst for true relationships, for a fulfilling life.
Scalabrinian Secular Missionary Women - 2022