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Canossian Daughters of Charity
Abbreviation Canossian
Formation 1828
Type religious institute (Catholic)
Headquarters Via della Stazione di Ottavia,
Rome, Italy

The Canossians are a family of five Catholic religious institutions tracing their origin or inspiration to Magdalen of Canossa (1774–1835) who was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 1988.

Canossian Family[edit]

1. Canossian Daughters of Charity (FDCC) , Servants of the Poor (briefly Canossian Sisters), is a Catholic religious institute founded by Magdalen of Canossa in Verona, Italy, in 1808. They strive "To Make Jesus Known and Loved" addressing the needs of the poor and abandoned through sharing bread, understanding, education, evangelization, pastoral care of the sick, formation of the laity and spiritual exercises. Today they count eighteen provinces with approximately 2,700 Sisters in more than 336 communities and in 35 countries around the world. (FDCC or F.D.C.C is the Italian abbreviation of "Figlie Della Carità Canossiane").

2. Canossian Sons of Charity (FdCC) , brothers and priests, briefly Canossian Fathers, were founded in Venice in 1831. They count today about 200 members, dedicated to the education of children and young people through cathechesis in schools, orphanages, youth centers (oratories) and other works of charity towards the poor and the least. They are present in Italy, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, India and the Philippines. (FdCC means "Figli della Carità Canossiani").

3. Association of Lay Canossians (ALC) (Canossian Tertiaries or Collaborators) are married and unmarried lay men and women of diverse nationalities who feel called to live the charism and the spirituality of the Canossian Family in their personal, family and social life. They received their "Plan for the Tertiaries" in 1835 and today serve in Asia, Europe, Oceania, Africa and the Americas. They are counting about 2,150 members. (ALC stands for "Associazione Laici Canossiani"). .

4. International Canossian Voluntary Service (VOICA) (Canossian Volunteers) was legally established in 1996 to support and direct young people and adults from all parts of the world who are seeking to deepen the meaning and purpose of their lives by a personal experience of shared community life in a short or long term voluntary service of the poor. They are presently sharing in Canossian missionary projects in Togo, Congo, Uganda, Albania, Indonesia, Angola, Paraguay and Brasil. (VOICA is the abbreviation of "Volontariato Internazionale CAnossiano").

5. Canossian Foundation (ONLUS), established in 2004 in Rome, is a legal non-profit entity for human development, to promote, coordinate and sustain initiatives that favour the poorest and the most excluded in the world and also to raise funds for the Canossian Missions in Brazil, the Philippines, India, and Africa. (ONLUS in Italian stands for "Organizzazione Non Lucrativa di Utilità Sociale").


Hong Kong[edit]




  • Sacred Heart Canossian College [7]


Former schools





The foundress of the Canossians, Magdalen of Canossa (1774-1835), was canonized a saint on 2 October 1988 by Pope John Paul II. Mother Josephine Bakhita of Sudan (1869-1947) was also named a Canossian saint on 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

Members who are proposed for sainthood[edit]

Here are the Canossian Daughters and Sons of Charity who are proposed for sainthood, This include:

Dalisay Lazaga was born in Santa Rosa, Laguna in the Philippines, on March 17, 1940. At eight years of age she loses both parents. The eldest sister takes care of her. Consequently from her early childhood she knows the suffering of a motherless child. She grows up to be a good and virtuous girl and is loved by everybody. At twenty years of age she obtains her degree and takes up the teaching profession with love and enthusiasm. In a short time she makes a name for herself as a teacher. She is an attractive girl and does not lack admirers, but she firmly refuses any proposal and opts for the consecrated life to which she has felt drawn since a tender age. Her choice does not please her family, who have cherished the idea of another kind of life for her. She wishes to follow the Charism of St. Magdalene of Canossa and on February 2, 1966 she makes her first religious Profession in the Novitiate House of Oxley in Australia. On her home-coming she takes up again the demanding task of teaching and realizes an enviable, if short, earthly and spiritual career, carrying out her mission among the youth of the Canossian schools.

Then suddenly during November 1970, Sr. Dalisay’s health shows worrying symptoms; she has to undergo an exploratory operation.

The diagnosis is unmistakably fatal, giving her only three months of life; in fact she dies on January 30, 1971. She does not know the whole truth. With a great longing for life in her heart, she moves unaware towards death dreaming about the beauty of a life spent in bringing many souls to Christ. When she finds out the harsh reality, with an inspiring gentleness of spirit, she surrenders to God’s will, and, Our Lady dressed as a Queen, comes to welcome her.

Lazaga's cause was opened on June 28, 2012 by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Riva was born in May 1, 1920 in Monza, Milan, Italy, She became a Canossian Daughters of Charity and went to India. She died on January 22, 1956 in Mumbai (a.k.a. Bombay), Maharashtra, India.

She was venerated in June 28, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI for the decree of Heroic Virtues.

Teresa Pera was born on February 16, 1870 in Turin, Italy, Became a Professed Religious of the Canossian Daughters of Charity. She died on June 26, 1938 in Besozzo, Varese, Italy.

Her cause was opened for the decree for Heroic Virtues.

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