Communities for Women
Consoling Sisters of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus
is in 1961, in an atmosphere of fervor and enthusiasm, or even better,
of all that can be beautiful, great, noble in a youth illuminated
and fortified by grace, that was officially born our Congregation.
Its founder, Fr Basilio Rosati, Passionist, had infused in our hearts
the flame of a great ideal: consoling the Divine Heart of Jesus,
so afflicted by the ingratitude, the coldness, the outrages, the
betrayals of so many souls that are particularly dear to Him, souls
that He redeemed with his most Precious Blood.
Fr Rosati was speaking about the Passion of Our Lord, his soul was
vibrating with emotions, with zeal, with supernatural love. As a
faithful son of St. Paul of the Cross, he would have wished that
the whole world knew Jesus crucified, that all the souls prostrated
themselves at the foot of the Cross to worship the only true God
who loved us as far as of immolating completely his holy humanity.
tireless zeal brought him to preach missions and Lent conferences
throughout the whole Italy; he thus had the occasion to know and
then to gather in a community life a first group of five girls coming
from different regions of the country, and to entrust their formation
in religious life to a soul of great virtue, to his penitent and
spiritual daughter, who from that day became our mother.
Lord does divinely well all what He does. While our souls were opening
themselves to this great ideal, God was preparing a house for his
new religious family: on the night of the 5th of August
1960, the Passionist Fathers were receiving us in their convent
of Saint Eutizio, a little town in the commune of Soriano nel Cimino,
in the province of Viterbe. The fellow brothers of our founder allowed
us to use a unoccupied wing of their great convent, and it is there,
in this holy place sanctified by St. Eutizio martyr, that our community
of the Community
the 2nd of December 1961, H.E. Mgr Massimiliani, bishop
of Civita Castellana was approving by decree the “Pia Unio of the
Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, was entrusting
its direction to the R. Fr. Basilio Rosati, Passionist, and its
future novitiate to the R. Mother Elisabetta Pezzarossa.
the end of the period of probation started in August, on the Vigil
of the Immaculate Conception, on the 7th of December
1961, we were receiving from the hands of the Bishop our religious
habit, which would remind us and also the world that we freely and
totally consecrated ourselves to the service of God, renouncing
all the vanities of this world to follow the steps of our Divine
Master. And after the period of novitiate, the first Sisters finally
made their religious profession.
Divine Heart of Jesus was blessing the Congregation, and an important
number of girls were asking to join us. Thus, in 1975, our religious
family could count 30 members. His Excellency was expressing his
satisfaction, and was present at every ceremony of reception of
habit and of profession.
small community spent the first years of its foundation in a quiet
spirit of recollection; our souls were nourished with the exclusive
food of Tradition, which in the past leaded the way to a great number
delay, many bishops made pressure on our founder to open other houses;
thus, after a few years, we were present in four dioceses. Such
an expansion should have brought lots of good fruits. On the contrary,
it would be the prelude of bitter and painful disappointments for
Fr Rosati and for us.
was the time where the winds of contestation and independence were
penetrating the minds of the laity and of the religious. Such an
atmosphere could only affect and weaken the authentic Christian
spirit that must be the basis of our faith and of our action. The
fever of novelty and aggiornamento was weakening the souls who were
imprudent, and was leading them astray… astray mostly from the pressing
call of Jesus Christ: “If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross and follow me.”
This crisis would not spare our young family. Moreover, it would
strongly affect us, because we were still in our growing stage,
and thus deprived of that solidity of formation and of culture issued
from Tradition, strength that grows only with the many years of
existence of a religious congregation.
sickening anxiety for aggiornamento and renewal had contaminated
some of our fellow sisters, and the vigorous corrections of our
father were useless. He had become like “the voice crying in the
wilderness”, he had to drink the bitter chalice of betrayal and
of abandonment. How painful it is to attend the devastation of the
Lord’s vineyard. Our little vessel, beaten by the waves of the storm,
was living hours of great peril. But the Divine Master was taking
care of it, and did not permit its shipwreck.
de Narni, center where our founder retired at the end of his life,
was staying a strong reference point for all those who were searching
for the truth and for the reinforcement of their faith. Vigne had
become like a cenacle where the faith was braced by the devotion
toward the Blessed Sacrament, in front of whom our father was spending
long hours of silent and penitent prayers. The faithful minister
was sharing the agony of Gethsemane with the Divine Victim… and
was waiting with confidence for the hour chosen by God. And that
hour came! A small number of 6 Sisters remained faithful to their
constitutions, and in spite of the wounds received in the battle,
climbed back up the hill… How? By what means?
Sisters who remained faithful in 1996
introduces us to the Society of St. Pius X
the Infinite Love, always takes the greatest care of the souls and
wants that none of them perish in the storm of life, as long as
they do not make a different choice. In the inscrutable design of
the Providence, to them who love Him, all things work together unto
good, even sufferings, storms, darkness, and separations.
were then intimately afflicted by the grave illness that struck
our founder. Our hearts were thorn at the thought of the coming
departure of the one who had transmitted to our whole existence
this great and luminous ideal. We were like nailed at his bedside
to offer him the filial and supernatural tribute of our prayers
and sacrifices. We knew that our spiritual father had offered his
life for the salvation of our souls. We were sure that such charity
would obtain him the grace to not let us alone, without a strong
and luminous guide, when God would call him back to eternity. This
assurance finally had its full realization on the night of the 9th
of February 1996, when our founder, in the presence of almost all
our religious family, entrusted us to Fr Emmanuel du Chalard SSPX,
asking him in the name of God to assume the care of our congregation
and to guide us firmly in the way of perfection. Such was the highest
and most concrete expression of the great zeal of his sacerdotal
agreement of Father du Chalard was immediate and generous, and became
for our founder the source of supernatural serenity and of immense
thanks giving toward the Good Lord who had finally heard his insisting,
prolonged, and penitent prayers. For now on, he could return serene
and confident to his Creator, for he had secured us in the hidden
and tormented heart of the eternal Church, where shines the sovereign
Truth! Fr Basilio Rosati would die on the 23rd of August
knew that he was leaving us, his little soldiers, on the field of
a rough battle, and he did not omit any opportunity to encourage
us and to remind us that God is faithful; to us would be sufficient
to give our humble and supernatural submission to our guide. He
assured us that when he would be in front of the Lord, he would
obtain us all what we need. In fact, it has been continuously verified:
beside great temporal graces almost miraculous, he has obtained
for us many other spiritual graces, much greater and more precious,
even if we keep them jealously hidden in the secret of our souls.
Among them, there is the spiritual direction of Father du Chalard,
the assistance and the zeal really holy of the bishops and of the
priests of the Society of Saint Pius X in their care for the poor,
small and insignificant sisters that we are, and the prayers addressed
to the Lord by so many faithful souls.
the Society entered into our lives, we have been overrun by a holy
revolution, and we understand today what we were searching for a
long time ago, and was veiled by a deep fog in our souls. Today,
we feel our faith coming back to life. We receive from the priests
of the Society instructions of sane theology, of morals, of ascetical
life… like the land receives the ploughshare that clears it from
the weeds and the brambles, to prepare it for an authentic spring
of grace. But the grace of grace is the holy Mass celebrated each
day by the priests of the Society in our very modest chapel (blessed
by Mgr de Galarreta on the 16th of December 1997).
who can… since only faith reveals us the immensity of such a mystery.
This is why the Lord gave us to know the Society of St. Pius X and,
through it, to rediscover the eternal Church.
souls are bursting with gratitude towards God for all his predilections,
and it is with a sincere emotion that we declare our resolution
of docility and supernatural submission to all those who, with patience
and charity, guide us and encourage us to follow the narrow but
sure path leading to eternal salvation.
Institute of the Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart
complete this simple and modest presentation, we would like to expose
the great lines of the ideal of the Consoling Sisters of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus, as transmitted by our founder, and the means proposed
to obtain it.
of our souls by the penetration of this mystery of hidden
love in the Most Holy Heart of Jesus, by giving a privileged
place to adoration and reparation, and by committing ourselves
to follow the great lessons given by the Divine Heart.
each and every soul an adorer of the Sacred Heart living in
the Most Holy Eucharist, and an intelligent and generous collaborator
of the priesthood.
prayers, actions and sacrifices to obtain from God many holy
priestly vocations and, if possible and needed, their financial
the children for their first holy communion.
an oasis for spiritual exercises, for ladies and young women.
care of the instruction in schools, of the professional formation,
and of the post-schooling assistance, infusing in these activities
the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
catechism and to do some apostolate according to the needs
and the possibilities.
care of lodgings with a goal of apostolate.
to take care of hospitals and of old people homes.
help all religious and civil activities capable of increasing
Christian piety among the people, and compatible with the requirements
of religious life.
breath-taking view form the convent’s garden, longing for eternity
day of a Consoling Sister is varied and well fulfilled: psalmody,
meditation and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament intermingle harmoniously
with the different activities.
Blessed Virgin Mary is the great model that each one strives to
imitate with the purpose of consoling the Divine Spouse. Our keen
participation to the development of the Mystical Body and our conscious
and loving adhesion to the motherly solicitude of the Church, for
a greater radiation of Christian truth and for a more authentic
testimony given to Jesus Christ, this is what constitutes the soul
of all the apostolate of our Consoling Sisters.
our motto and our program: “Heart of Jesus, that we love Thee, and
make Thee loved!”
our prayers in community, here are the details of our schedule:
Prayers, Divine Office and Meditation
Meditation and Rosary
and Feast Days
of the Blessed Sacrament
Thursday of the month
of the Blessed Sacrament
day a month
Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart are divided in two categories:
The Sisters, who live in community.
The Auxiliaries, who, for various and recognized reasons,
live in their family, and strive to realize the ideal of the
Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart. They do some apostolate
in the world, parishes, schools, they assist the sick at home,
priests of the Society of St. Pius X, with a zeal and a spirit of
sacrifice that are edifying, assume daily the care of the religious
services and of the spiritual assistance, not only for our small
community, but also for our guests advanced in age. To these tireless
ministers of God goes our profound and supernatural gratitude.
great desire is that our houses be as many “Bethany” where Jesus
Christ, rejected by so many souls, families and societies, would
find generous hearts who would welcome Him and console Him, like
when He was stopping in Bethany at the hospitable house of Lazarus,
Martha and Maria.
by His grace, our little squad becomes rapidly legion, to realize
rapidly a program so noble and so holy.
of the Convent
Suore Consolatrice del Sacre Cuore di Gesu
Via Flaminia Vecchia, 20
05030 Vigne (TR)
 (0744) 79 61 71
Fax.  (0744) 79 70 07