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OUR FOUNDRESS - ST MAGDALENE OF CANOSSA

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Our Foundress - St Magdalene of Canossa
Saint Magdalene of Canossa (canonized in 1988) was born
in Italy in 1774 at a time when education was the
prerogative of the nobility and the middle class. There
was no schooling for the masses and working class except
for the initiatives of some religious congregations. But
these congregations continued to follow aristocratic
traditions. Magdalene insisted that her schools would be
“charity schools” where service would be given free to
the poorest of the poor, the most wretched and
abandoned. She targeted girls and women as
beneficiaries of her charity schools for the simple reason
that an educated wife and mother, faithful to God, was
the best way to build a wholesome family. Such families
would lead to a morally strong society and this in turn
would lead to God-loving nations. For Magdalene, the goal
of education was to lead people to the awareness and
experience of God’s love for them. This was for her, the
greatest act of charity. The charity schools were not
about philanthropy; rather they were for the greater
glory of God.