“Be of good heart: do not worry god will give you stength”
Maria De Mattias, founder of the congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Divine Blood was born in Italy on February 4, 1805 to Ottavia De Angeles and Giovanni De Mattias. Through the loving presence of her Father, at the age of eight, Maria’s heart was drawn to an ardent love of Jesus. Through dialog with her father, Maria learnt and internalized not only the truths of the faith, but also, and especially, episodes and persons of the Sacred Scriptures. Her father read the Scriptures to her when she was still very young, and she developed a great love for Jesus.
Under the guidance of one of St. Gaspar’s companions, (now Venerable) Fr. Giovanni Merlini, she founded the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Acuto (Frosinone) on 4 March 1834, at the age of twenty-nine. She had been called by the Administrator of Anagni, Bishop Giuseppe Maria Lais, to teach the young girls—she had learned to read and write on her own.
Maria De Mattias died at Rome on 20 August 1866 and was canonized on May 3, 2003. Today, Adorers of the Blood of Christ, is an international congregation and is present in many countries like Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Brazil, Korea, Germany Peru, etc and are committed in sharing Christ’s redeeming love to the wounded humanity. The Adorers live among people in a simple and hospitable lifestyle; travelling new roads of reconciliation and solidarity. They carry in their hearts the flavor of “new wine”, the newness of hope, the wine of celebration, of fraternity, of justice and dignity that all may experience the fullness of life, of which Christ’s Blood is a sign and pledge.