ON THE SERVANT OF GOD
MOTHER ASSUNTA MARCHETTI
Assunta Marchetti was born at Lombrici, near Camaio-
re in the Lucca area of Italy, on August 15th 1871, and
died on July 1st 1948 in São Paulo, Brazil, among the
orphan girls in the Christopher Columbus Orphanage,
as she had always wished.
Cofounder of the Institute of the Scalabrinian Missio-
nary Sisters, she had intense love for her fellow Sisters
and her neighbor, especially orphaned migrants, the
sick, the afflicted and the neediest of the poor.
She drew strength from love of the Eucharistic Jesus
and the Most Blessed Virgin to face the many difficult
moments of her humble, harsh existence, which saw
her as Superior General of the Institute, but also as
cook in orphanages, hospitals and rest homes, always
generous toward the poor and ready to help those in
need (cf. Prov. 31:20).
1 At 10, 38.
HOLINESS IS AN OPENNESS TO
GOD AND OUR NEIGHBOR
“... but as he who called you is holy,
be holy yourselves in all your conduct.”
(1 Pet 1:15)
This recommendation from St Peter’s first letter to the
Christians of northern Asia Minor (Turkey) is valid for
Christians of every era, and therefore also for us today.
It is a call to “become holy”, and by this Peter means that
holiness is built up from daily life and from the conscious
effort Christians make to become more and more like
Jesus Christ each day in their way of living and acting.
Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that “holiness is a task for
the whole human being”.
How did Mother Assunta reach holiness?
She reached holiness through her own particular way of
orienting and leading her life, discerning in everyday
events what God wanted of her as a response to his calls,
even in the least of things and in every type of work, so
that she could serve the people near her in all things.
Through the Gospel, she therefore sought to know the per-
son of Jesus and how he related to others ever better, so
that she could learn to act as much as possible like him.
In this way we can see that in her own life she reproduced
the sentiments of compassion and mercy, always expres-
sed in the affection she showed to orphaned and abando-
ned migrant children, in her dedication to the sick and the
Sisters of the community and the congregation, and in help
to the poor.
Another secret of her life was that she took all the needs
she knew about to God in prayer and that, in the silence of
her heart, she discerned how to respond to each of these
needs as God showed her. This is why we can see today
2 that Mother Assunta was able to grasp people’s true needs
and offer the most appropriate service in every situation.
In her commitment to reproducing Jesus’ sentiments in her
life, she freed herself of every ambition and every seeking
after status, power and recognition in order, like Mary, to
become a maidservant in the free gift of self, certain that
God would make up what she was unable to do with her
Her total openness of mind and heart to God’s loving
mystery meant that she was aware of her own smallness
and weakness. Despite this, by welcoming God’s creative
and salvific Love, she was able to open herself ever more
fully to her brothers and sisters in love, service and gift of
In this way she made a total gift of herself and fulfilled her
consecration in the religious life, constantly strengthening
the bonds that united her with Jesus, her beloved Bride-
groom, for whom and like whom, she poured out her who-
le life in gift of self and in service of her neighbor most in
need of the Lord’s mercy.
In this way her holiness was clear in her daily life, in every
smallest gesture of love, kindness, compassion, openness
and welcome of the other.
Although holiness is the “vocation of every human being”,
we learn to be “holy” only by using our time, energy and
experience in order to grow, so far as possible, to the
“maturity of Christ”, the Holy One par excellence, who
wants to transform us too into saints, into “sons and dau-
ghters beloved of the Father”.
May Mother Assunta’s experience urge us on not to be
discouraged in the face of the situations that life presents
us with, and prevent us from giving up on this, the sole
important task we have to carry out on our earthly pilgri-
So let us start today itself to give a fresh direction to our
lives, so that one day, like and with Mother Assunta, we
may be able to enjoy a full life in God, the final aim of our
Sister Sonia Delforno, mscs 3
Scalabrinian Spirituality Center
THE POWER OF THE SERVANT
OF GOD MOTHER ASSUNTA
886. WHEN I NEED HELP, I ALWAYS TURN TO
At the beginning of this year I was having serious finan-
cial problems and I asked Mother Assunta to show me how I
could repay my large debts. And she found a solution. I was
about to sell my car, but I didn’t have to: I obtained a bank
loan so that I could pay off everything. And I am convinced
it was thanks to her help.
The following two paragraphs contain significant wit-
nesses sent in by the same person.
In August 2010 my son had a motorcycle accident and
his right foot was badly injured, so that it seemed he would
need a skin graft. I asked Mother Assunta to heal him ... and
she did. Now his foot is almost perfect again and the only
scars are from the stitches from the surgery carried out
immediately after the accident.
In September and October 2010, a friend of mine was
having problems obtaining the pension she had given up
some time before, when she gave up her job four years befo-
re the legal age. She was in a difficult situation now, having
in fact given up her job at the Bank of Brazil without
thinking about it properly, so that it was now very hard to
obtain a pension. I kept asking Mother Assunta to do
something to help my friend receive her pension, and once
again the Servant of God heard my prayer.
(Junara Ferraz, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil)
887. WE TURNED TO MOTHER ASSUNTA FOR HELP,
AND MY COUSIN IMMEDIATELY FELT ENCOURA-
GED AND HOPEFUL
My cousin had had complicated surgery on his back
and was very depressed because his recovery seemed so
slow. Then we remembered Mother Assunta and asked for
her intercession. My cousin very quickly felt encouraged
and hopeful. He and his wife became the Servant of God’s
ardent devotees, and were faithful in praying together
the novena for her beatification and for her to become
more widely known. We are today truly grateful and we
all give thanks to the Servant of God for obtaining for us
the grace we needed. We are also praying that we can
soon celebrate her beatification and see her more and
more widely known and called upon.
(Sister Zelia C. Ornaghi, Farroipilha, RS, Brazil)
888. I NEEDED MOTHER ASSUNTA’S HELP AGAIN
I was feeling desperate because I had to repay a debt
and had no idea how, seeing that I had no money. Since I
had received a grace through the Servant of God Mother
Assunta’s intercession some time before, I decided to ask
for her help again – and I received this grace, too. Now I
am very happy: I have been granted a loan that will allow
me to repay the debt over a period of as long as ten years.
(Carmen Costalonga Alves, PR, Brazil)
889. I THANK MOTHER ASSUNTA FOR HER
I want to thank Mother Assunta for the protection
and graces she grants me. I received the most recent
grace in September 2010 when, after I had taken part in
a shared trip, I had to return on my own by air. Because
of my age – 73 years – I was very worried, since I had
never traveled by air and knew nothing about what this
would entail. I therefore turned to Mother Assunta,
asking for her help. And everything went very
smoothly. I was completely relaxed during the journey,
so that I returned happily home.
(Mariângela Granja, Brooklin, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)
890. MY THANKS TO MOTHER ASSUNTA FOR THE
RECOVERY OF MY HEALTH
Last year I started to have health problems and was
eventually diagnosed with a serious kidney condition
requiring a transplant. I was in despair: I was only 49
years old, had never been sick and never been in the
hospital. I cried a great deal when the doctor told me I
had to have dialysis three times a week in Vitória da
Conquista (BA), where I spent five months, added to
the five months I spent in Botuporã (BA). My whole
life changed, from one spent working in the fields to
one where everything depended on my medical treat-
ment. The Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters came to see
me, taking the opportunity to give me Mother Assun-
ta’s prayer and tell me that I should ask her for protec-
tion and support in my sickness. I started the novena
with faith and hope that Mother Assunta would interce-
de for me with God. I at once started to feel relief and
was calmer and more sure that God’s grace would not
abandon me. On August 26, 2010, the doctor at Bruma-
do (BA) told me that I had to travel that same day to
São Paulo because there was a kidney waiting for me
there. I was stunned, because I had never thought this
day would really come. On the way to the airport, the
car broke down and we missed the flight. However,
with God’s mysterious grace and the help of the people
with me, I was able to get on another flight so that I
reached the main São Paulo airport early in the mor-
ning, where an ambulance was waiting to take me strai-
ght to the hospital. At seven in the morning the tran-
splant started. I stayed in the hospital for six days.
Thanks be to God, the post-surgery period was very
positive. Once I left the hospital, I went to stay with my
sister Augusta, who lives in São Paulo, so that I could
go back to the hospital for check-ups twice a week.
Then I had to spend three weeks in the hospital for a
full check-up, after which I was finally allowed to lea-
ve. I was moved to Vitória da Conquista, where I could
have a monthly check-up. On February 21, 2011, I had
another full check-up in the São Paulo hospital. Now I
feel fine and am already looking forward to the joy of
spending Christmas with my family in Bahia. I offer
my heartfelt thanks to God also for the opportunity to
visit the place where Mother Assunta lived and worked
– the Vila Prudente Orphanage in São Paulo.
6 (Emílio Oliveira dos Santos, Botuporã-Bahia, Brazil)
Our thanks to those who sent in these impor-
tant witnesses and our assurance that we will
constantly remember them in our prayers to
Mother Assunta Marchetti
THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE
ASK FOR THE SERVANT OF
-Andréia F. M. Martins, Fernando Prestes, SP, Brazil,
gives thanks for a grace received.
-Maria Aparecida C. A. Fogaça, Sorocaba, SP, Brazil,
entrusts the health of her family members to the Servant of God.
-Venina Rosa Bilibio, Joaçaba, Brazil, gives thanks for
being helped to recover her health.
-Lúcia de Fátima Fonseca, Pouso Alegre, MG, Brazil,
asks for prayers for herself and her family, but especially
for her brother’s health and work.
-Malvina Feleti de Souza, Arapongas, PR, Brazil, asks
for prayers for her health and for the needs of people who
ask for her prayers.
-Idalina Angelucci Barbieri, PR, Brazil, asks for prayers
for her whole family, especially her son, who is in Portugal
at the moment.
-Maria Antônia Orselli, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, asks for
-Osvalda Tabarrani, Lombrici, Camaiore, Lucca, Italy,
commends her friend Antonella to Mother Assunta’s inter-
-Wilmen Simoni, Sarcedo, Vicenza, Italy, commends his
children and their present difficult situation to Mother
-A.B. and her family, Parma, Italy, thank Mother Assunta
for the protection she gave them last year and once more
commend themselves to her.
-Anna Sandolini, Valmozzola Stazione, Parma, Italy,
gives heartfelt thanks to Mother Assunta, whose motherly
concern she has felt on a number of occasions.
-Anonymous, Berceto, Parma, Italy, thanks Mother
Assunta for the fact that he has often felt her motherly and
caring hand in recent times, showing that she is truly “the
solace of those in need”.
-Sister Leocadia Mezzomo, Brasilia, DF, Brazil, thanks
the Servant of God Mother Assunta for her constant protec-
tion, which has allowed her to carry out her mission well.
DONATIONS AND THANKS
1283-Nilce Spina, SP, Brazil
1284- Mariângela Grana, SP, Brazil
1285-Maria Apparecida C. A., Fogaça, SP, Brazil
1286-Junara Ferraz, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil
1287-Venina Rosa Bilibio, Joaçaba, SC, Brazil
1288-Carmem Costalonga Alves, PR, Brazil
1289- Lúcia de Fátima Fonseca, Pouso Alegre MG, Brazil
1290- Maria Antônia Orselli, San Paolo, SP, Brazil
1291- Malvina Feleti de Souza, Arapongas, PR, Brazil
1292- Some residents of Lombrici, Camaiore, Lucca, Italy
1293-M. Paola Bevilacqua, Caracas, Venezuela
1294-Elena Malinverni, Pizzighettone, Cremona, Italy
1295-Anna Sandolfini, Valmozzola Stazione, Parma, Italy, has,
in gratitude, asked for a Mass in honor of Mother Assunta
Our sincere thanks go to all those who have sent
in donations or stamps, and we are certain that
Mother Assunta will know how to reward you!
O Jesus who said, “Come unto me all you who
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” I
give you thanks for making the Servant of God Mother
Assunta Marchetti the comfort of migrants, the mother
of orphans, and the solace of those in need.
Through your infinite merits and the interces-
sion of Mary, our Most Holy Mother, glorify your hum-
ble servant Mother Assunta on earth, and let her obtain
from you the grace I so need. Amen.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)
(With ecclesiastical approval)
Please spread this prayer!
Jesus Christ is risen
and his resurrection reveals that God
is on the side of life.
Rising again also means becoming better
and more understanding,
and having greater solidarity with others
Rising again means looking ahead
and being messengers of hope.
A serene and holy Easter to all of you, dear
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Address: Via di Monte del Gallo, 68
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Telephone: (+39) 06 3936 6007
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