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History and Purpose

The end of the 17th century marked the beginning of the Religious Teachers Filippini. St. Lucy Filippini and Cardinal Barbarigo founded schools of Christian Doctrine for girls in Italy. St. Lucy also ministered to the poor and the sick, conducted retreats and guided the women preparing for marriage. A contemplative in action, she blended her life of prayer with her life of ministry.


St. Lucy often expressed the desire to be a thousand Lucys that she might bring her consuming love of God to the peoples of the world.  In 1910 St. Pius X commissioned five Religious Teachers Filippini to come to the United States where the spiritual needs of the Italian immigrants begged relief. Like all pioneers, the Sisters suffered hardships and difficulties until in 1918, Archbishop Thomas J. Walsh came to their assistance. The succeeding decades saw the opening of many schools in the Eastern and Central part of the United States.


Lucy's horizons widened with the opening of many missions in Brazil, Ethiopia, England, India, Ireland, and Albania. Villa Walsh, located in Morristown, New Jersey, is the motherhouse for the province of St. Lucy Filippini.


Lucy's burning desire to be "Many Lucys" becomes even more of a reality with the Associates of St. Lucy Filippini.


Through this Association the associate:


  • explores through prayer and study the life of St. Lucy in order to perpetuate her spir­it in today's world.
  • focuses on her dignity as a woman.
  • is nurtured and strengthened in her faith in order to influence and shape that segment of society in which she lives and ministers.
  • is empowered and enabled to use her gifts and talents to build up the body of Christ.
  • experiences the mutual support of the Religious Teachers Filippini and her fellow Associates.
  • is invited to participate in ministry accord­ing to the spirit of St. Lucy.
    • creates a fertile ground for the development of Christian Vocation.
Activities Offered for the Associate's Enrichment Include...


  • Initial orientation weekend 
  • Monthly meetings 
  • Periodic study days 
  • Prayer experiences 
  • Support group experience


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