Vitorchiano

Location

Official Name Monastero Trappiste Nostra Signora di San Giuseppe

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Country Italy

City Vitorchiano (Viterbo)

Address Via della Stazione, 23

Postcode I-01030

Contact Information

Telephone [39] (761) 37 00 17

Community Email trappa@vitorchiano.org

Website www.trappistevitorchiano.it

Superior Madre Rosaria Spreafico, Badessa 1988

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Viterbiensis (Viterbo)

OCSO Region REM

Founded/Restored 1875

Origins

Foundation at S. Vito 1875 by Lyon-Vaise; transfered to Grottaferrata in 1898 and to Vitorchiano in 1957

History

In September 1875 Sister Marie Teresia Astoin (Oblate of Vaise) took up residence in Italy at San Vito, close to Turin, at the Raby Villa which she had acquired at her own expense. Between 1875 and 1876 one French novice from Vaise and four Italians postulants joined her. In October 1876 nine French nuns came from Vaise to join the little community: five choir sisters and four lay sisters. On 26 October 1876 Rev.M. MarieTeresia Astoin was elected as the first prioress, after having made her monastic profession on 25 October.

In 1898 (23 years later) the superiors of our order judged it opportune to transfer the community from S. Vito to Grottaferrata, where the community of the Catacombs (now Frattocchie) generously offered their retirement house to the young community, who could only bless Divine Providence for this opportunity.

1954 Purchase of a property at Vitorchiano, near Viterbo, with a view to transfering the community.

1957 The monastery is finished, and the community moves there at the beginning of June.

1960 Solemn vows.

Foundations

Valserena (1968), Hinojo (1973), Quilvo (1981), Humocaro (1984), Gedono (1987), Matútum (1995), Naší Paní (2007)

Father Immediate

Frattocchie

Important Figures

Bl. Maria Gabriella Sagheddu

Past Superiors

Marie Teresia ASTOIN — Superior — 25/09/1875 – 26/10/1876
Marie Teresia ASTOIN — Prioress — 26/10/1876 – 27/09/1898
Agnese SCANDELLI — Superior — 27/09/1898 – 30/11/1898
Agnese SCANDELLI — Titular prioress then Abbess — 30/11/1898 – 30/11/1929
Agnese SCANDELLI — Superior — 30/11/1929 – 30/12/1931
Maria Pia GULLINI — Abbess — 30/12/1931 – 13/12/1940
Tecla FONTANA — Abbess — 21/12/1940 – 17/12/1946
Maria Pia GULLINI (2) — Abbess — 17/12/1946 – 19/04/1951
Tecla FONTANA (2) — Superior — 09/06/1951 – 19/04/1952
Immaculata TIRABOSCHI — Superior — 19/04/1952 – 13/11/1953
Immaculata TIRABOSCHI — Abbess — 13/11/1953 – 20/10/1958
Armanda BORRONI — Superior — 20/10/1958 – 21/11/1959
Armanda BORRONI — Abbess — 21/11/1959 – 26/09/1964
Cristiana PICCARDO — Abbess — 17/10/1964 – 18/10/1988

Work and Sources of Income

Pictures, jams, fields and gardens

Guest Facilities

Guesthouse: 20 rooms (35 beds). Chaplaincy: 4 rooms for priests. For groups: one house for 10 persons

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