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 two religious institutes and three affiliated organizations that trace their origin to Magdalen of Canossa (1774–1835) who was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 1988.

Canossian Family

Canossian Daughters of Charity, Servants of the Poor (FDCC)

The Canossian Daughters of Charity (Canossian Sisters), is a Catholic religious institute founded by Magdalen of Canossa in Verona, Italy, in 1808. On February 27, 1860, six Canossian Sisters from Venice and Padua began their journey to Hong Kong arriving there on April 12, 1860. From there the sisters went to Macau and then to Southeast Asia.

Today they count eighteen provinces with approximately 2,700 Sisters in more than 336 communities and in 32 countries around the world. Their primary works of charity include education, catechesis, and care of the sick.[1] The General House is in Rome.[2] (FDCC is the Italian abbreviation of "Figlie Della Carità Canossiane").

ENCA or Enlace Canossiano America (Canossian Network in America) is the union of the three Canossian Provinces in America: Brazil, Argentina and North America. It includes all the Canossian Sisters residing in America.

Since 1988 the sisters help with pastoral work, teaching and hospital visitation the Chinese Community and the new Chinese immigrants at St. Francis Xavier Church in Richmond in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia.[3]

In the United States the Canossian Daughters of Charity run a retreat center, the Canossian Spirituality Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[4]

The Sisters in Macau spread out to other countries in Southeast Asia towards the end of the 19th century. In 1894 mainly Italian and Portuguese-speaking Sisters arrived at the Portuguese Mission at St. Joseph's Church in Singapore (then part of the Straits Settlements) and expanded to Malaya, both of which were part of the British Empire.[5] As of 2008 the Sisters are the largest religious orders in the Archdiocese of Singapore and operate island-wide palliative care ministries and most education-related ministries at the "Canossian Eduplex" in Aljunied – a large compound comprising the convent, a primary school for girls, a school for deaf children and a coeducational kindergarten.[6] In the Philippines, Mother Anna Bautista led a group of sisters and founded the first mission and school in the country in 1954.[7]

Canossian Sons of Charity (FdCC)

The Canossian Sons of Charity, (Canossian Fathers), were founded in Venice in 1831. They count today about 200 brothers and priests 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").

In 1986 upon the invitation of the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila, the Canossian Fathers in Italy sent two priests to start a mission and to open a seminary.[7]



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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

Canossian Daughters and Sons of Charity who are proposed for canonization by the Church include:


  1. Canossian Sisters, Sacramento, California
  2. Canossian Daughters of Charity, Rome
  3. "Canossa Convent, Richmond", Archdiocese of Vancouver
  4. Canossian Spirituality Center, Albuquerque, NM
  5. "History of the Catholic Church in Singapore — The virtual exhibition: Canossian Daughters of Charity (FDCC)". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore.
  6. "Religious life: Up close and personal - Canossian Sisters - largest religious congregation in Singapore". Catholic News Singapore. April 2006.
  7. 1 2 Canossian Daughters of Charity, Philippines
  8. Lay Canossians
  9. Voluntariato Internazionale Canossiano
  10. Fondazione Canossiana
  11. Holy Family Canossian College, Kowloon
  12. Sacred Heart Canossian College, Pok Fu Lam
  13. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. St. Mary's Canossian College, Kowloon
  15. St. Francis' Canossian College, Wan Chai
  16. Pui Tak Canossian College
  33. "Sr. Dalisay Lazaga". Canossian Daughters of Charity. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  34. "Venerable Fernanda Riva". Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  35. "Madre Teresa Pera". Postulate Canossian Institute. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  36. "Madre Luigia Grassi". Postulate Canossian Institute. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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