Religious Communities for Women
Chapter 11:


The Disciples of the Cenacle form a small community of sisters who, “hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3,3), wish, as far as possible, to conform their existence to the teaching of the Redeemer Who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14,6).

Putting their trust in Providence, they, first of all, attend to their spiritual formation, to increase more and more their interior life, to carry out with profit their apostolate.

Little Disciples of the Cenacle
Photo after a taking habit ceremony

They like to recall the sublime words of Jesus: “Fear not little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a Kingdom.  Sell what you possess . . . Make to yourselves bags which grow not old . . . behold the birds of the air . . . the lilies of the field . . . For your Father knoweth that you have need of these things” (Matt. 7,25-34)

Their founder Father Francesco Maria Putti, a Roman Priest, guided and formed them for several years until his death in 1984 and chose for them the distinguishing denomination of ‘Disciples of the Cenacle’.

Don (Father) Putti, by this denomination, wanted with a profound theological sense, to recall to mind the essence of Catholicism, the heart of the Church: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, instituted together with the priesthood, exactly in the Cenacle, where with the coming upon of the Holy Ghost, we had also the extraordinary dawn of the Church with the Blessed Virgin and the Apostles.  Likewise, Don Putti wanted that his sisters, as already the Women (see Acts 1, 14) with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Apostles meditated upon, loved and took part in the mystery of the love of Calvary, renewed mystically but really on our altars in the celebration of the Holy Mass; and he wanted the Disciples to sacrifice themselves for the Holy Church, particularly for the priests under the protection of the Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter, the First Pope. Don Putti wanted for them a great union with the redeeming Passion of Our Lord, like the Blessed Virgin Mary on Calvary because only in this manner the apostolate is fruitful: “Unless the grain of wheat falling on the ground dies, itself remaineth alone.  But if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12, 24-25).

A future novice with her father

Little Disciples of the Cenacle
A future novice with her father
before taking the habit

Don Putti, spiritual son of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, wanted his sisters also to have a house at San Giovanni Rotondo, during the first years of the community and while Padre Pio was still alive they took advantage of the example of Padre Pio, of his confessional and of his advice.  The Disciples of the Cenacle have learned to love the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar from Padre Pio and Don. Putti; they attend all the Masses, besides the community one, which are celebrated in their Chapel and they lose no occasion to multiply their participation at the Holy Sacrifice.  Following the teaching and the directives of their founder, they are faithful to the traditional liturgy.

Thus the day of the Disciple is centered in the little Chapel before the Eucharistic Lord, present on the Altar.  In the morning after the offering of the day,  the office of Lauds is recited  followed by the Meditation, the Holy Mass; at noon there is the “Angelus” and a short personal visit to the Blessed Sacrament; in the afternoon there is a meditation on the Way of the Cross followed later by the Rosary and Vespers before the Blessed Sacrament exposed for Adoration; at the end of the day, before retiring, the office of Compline is sung and the evening salutation to Jesus.

Sisters and postulants collecting the olives
Sr Cecilia's Veiling Ceremony, Rome May 2009 105
Sisters and postulants collecting the olives

During the day the Sisters have a roster system of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.  Prayer and work alternate.  The sisters work in ‘rota’ to meet the usual needs of a Community (sacristy, housework, cooking, kitchen, and gardening).

The principal apostolate of the Disciples of the Cenacle is printing in order to defend the orthodoxy under the guidance of the constant Magisterium of the Church and of Tradition, and they accomplish this apostolate through the periodical ‘Si Si No No’ well known in Rome and in the traditional world. Besides printing, the Disciples also dedicate their time to teaching catechism, conscious to propagate the Catholic doctrine and to defend it against the deviations so frequent in the present critical period.  It is more than ever necessary to study the sources of the Revelation, of the Holy Scriptures, of the Church Fathers, of the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas and of the documents of the ecclesiastical Magisterium.

Admission to the Institute

Postulants must be of age; exceptions must be examined by the Council.  The Community demands neither settlement nor trousseau, each one can bring what is possible for her use.  Good health is not necessary: however persons with nervous or contagious disease are not accepted.

At present, besides the Italian members of the Community, the Disciples of the Cenacle have accepted also vocations from England and Australia.

Time Table of the Community
6:00 a.m. Rise
6:20   Morning Offering, Lauds, meditation and Holy Mass
8:10   Breakfast
12:00   Angelus and a short visit to the Blessed Sacrament
1:00 p.m.  Dinner, Recreation time
4:00 Way of the Cross or Second Meditation
6:00       Rosary, Vespers
8:00      Supper, Recreation time
9:00    Compline


Rev. Mother Superior
Le Discepole del Cenacolo
Via Madonna degli Angeli 78
I-00049 Velletri, Roma

Tel: [39] (06) 963 55 68

Little Disciples of the Cenacle


To Contents

Home | Newsletters | Library | Vocations | History | Links | Search | Contact