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Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata
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Abbreviation C.S.S.
Formation c. AD 1816; 201 years ago (1816)
Founder Saint Gaspar Louis Bertoni
Type Catholic religious order
Headquarters Italy

The Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (or Stigmatines for short) are a Latin Catholic Clerical Religious Congregation of Pontifical Right for Men.


The Stigmatines were founded on 4 November 1816 by Saint Gaspar Louis 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 United States, and in 1910 they started activities in Brazil.

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

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


In 2012, they had 94 houses with 422 members, including 331 priests.

Stigmatine Apostolates[edit]

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

Superiors general[edit]

Prelates from their ranks[edit]



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

External links[edit]