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The Rosminian Fathers and the Ascribed

After six hundred years of Benedictine life, the Sacra remained almost abandoned for over two centuries!
In 1836 King Charles Albert of Savoy was seeking to install a stable religious congregation, in his desire for the rehabilitation of the monument which had been the jewel of both the Piedmont Church and of his family. He offered the work to Antonio Rosmini, the young founder of the Institute of Charity, who accepted it, finding the task consistent with the spirit of his congregation.
Pope Gregory XVI, in a  Brief of August 1836, appointed the Rosminians administrators of the Sacra and of the remaining revenues of the abbey. At the same time, the king entrusted to their custody the bodies of twenty-four members of the Royal House of  Savoy, brought from the Cathedral of Turin, now entombed in the sanctuary within heavy stone sarcophagi.
The choice of this ancient abbey highlights Antonio Rosmini’s perspective of spirituality: in his Ascetical writings, he constantly reminds  his religious brethren of the priority of the contemplative life as the catalyst that gives meaning and quality to any external activity; in participating in the active life, the consecrated brothers respond only to the voice of Providence, and all works of charity, at any place or in any time, are of benefit if they perfect him in the love of God. The Rosminian Fathers remained at the Sacra even after the law of forfeiture of ecclesiastical property which, in 1867, stripped the religious community of the few goods needed for a dignified subsistence and of the minimum income required for maintenance of the building.
The Rosminians are still present and the walls of the Sacra echo with a flurry of diverse  initiatives. The visit of Pope John Paul II (14/7/91) was a great source of encouragement. Activities at the Sacra are planned and promoted by the presence of co-workers together with many volunteers, supported by public and private institutions, especially the Regional Government, following the special decree dated 21/12/1994 which adopted The Sacra as “the  monumental symbol of Piedmont”.

Close to the Rosminian Fathers is a group of Rosminian Ascribed who have shared in the work for some years. Who are they? They are also full members of the Institute of Charity, the religious Congregation founded by Antonio Rosmini on Mount Calvary in Domodossola in 1828. Although they do not take the religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, they ask to join the Congregation, living its rich spirituality in everyday life. Therefore, Ascription fulfils the desire of many Christians – priests, clerics and laity, who, living in the world, wish to achieve Christian perfection in spiritual communion with the Institute of Charity.
In the Book of Constitutions, Rosmini foresaw Ascription as a brotherhood established between the consecrated members and non-consecrated laity to help mutually in their  and in the exercise of charity. The shared aim is to seek Christian perfection through evangelical charity lived out in all its possible forms. The Ascribed group of the Sacra meets every third Saturday of the month to deepen their Rosminian spirituality and to celebrate the Eucharist.

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