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The Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata was founded by St. Gaspar Bertoni in Verona, Italy, in 1816.

The first written Constitutions for the Congregation was based on the Constitutions of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

The growth of the Community was slow, in 1905 Stigmatines went to the USA, and in 1910 they started activities in Brazil.

For nearly two centuries, the Stigmatines worked in China, Thailand and the Philippines, various countries in Africa and Latin America.

In the year 2002, the Stigmatines settled in India.[1]

Stigmatine Apostolates[edit]

  • the instruction of the Youth
  • the preaching of retreats and popular missions
  • the assistance in Clergy formation


  1. ^ Stigmatines History, Rev. Joseph Henchey, CSS, Web-site dedicated to St. Gaspar Bertoni

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