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A bit of History

When Bishop Scalabrini came to the United States in 1901, his missionaries prepared a gift for him, a bound set of watercolors of every mission the community had at the time of the bishop's visit. Today, the Saint Charles province has the book.

One of Bishop Scalabrini's tasks during his 1901 visit was to re-start the Saint Raphael Society for the Protection of Italian Immigrants.

The organization had been founded in 1891, when Father Pietro Bandini came to New York and opened the mission at 113 Waverly Place in Greenwich Village.

Father Bandini had only five-year vows with the Scalabrinians, and, at the end of his vows, he accepted another mission, as chaplain of a community of Italian immigrant sharecroppers in Arkansas. (When the owner of the plantation on which they worked died unexpectedly, Father Bandini led his parishioners to form Tontitown on the western side of Arkansas.) The Scalabrinians had no one else with the time and skills to minister to migrants on Ellis Island.

Finally, during his 1901 visit, Bishop Scalabrini appointed Father Giacomo Gambera to the job. Father Gambera had not yet arranged for the mission to work with the Pallottine Sisters at 8-10 Charlton Street when this watercolor was made, so, rather than a picture of the mission, we get this image of an angel guiding a ship full of immigrants to the Statue of Liberty.

saint ann providence painting

Saint Ann Providence, Rhode Island

st joachim

Saint Joachim, Manhattan NYC

holy ghost providence painting

Holy Ghost Providence, Rhode Island

holy ghost providence painting

Angel guiding a ship of immigrants to the Statue of Liberty, 1901


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