This morning had a different beginning for us as we started with breakfast at 7:3o am. As this was our last day of Project Mornese and we were going to spend it in Nizza Monferrato . The bus had arrived from Rome and we were on our way at 8:15 through the winding hills of Mornese and on to Lerma and Ovada.
|Nizza - Old Monastery and Chapel (Our Lady of Graces) bought by Don Bosco|
Sr. Máire told us about Nizza and the great sacrifice it was for St. Mary Mazzarello to move away from her beloved Mornese after spending 42 years of her 44 years there. Don Bosco had bought Nizza as he had seen the need to move the Mother House from Mornese for the following reasons if the young Institute was to survive and flourish:
- 1Mornese was isolated and difficult to reach.
- 2 Air was strong , young Sisters were dying.
- 3 Nizza was near Turin and more central for a Mother house.
|Maria Mazzarello's room|
It was from here that Sr. Mary Mazzarello wrote a lot of her letters. From here Sisters were moving further afield. Her own Sister left for Sicily.
Sr. Mary Mazzarello went with the third group of Missionaries to Marseilles. While in France, she visited the Sisters in St. Syr.
Sr. Mary Mazzarello health was failing and she developed pleurisy. She had three wishes and God granted all her wishes.
1. Sr. Mary Mazzarello lived to celebrate her birthday on May 9th.
2. Fr. Cagliero returned from America and she was able to speak to him.
3. She died on a Saturday, which was also the anniversary of Don Pesterino.
|Chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians at Nizza|
The Sisters were waiting and gave us a very warm welcome. We were treated to a welcome morning snack.
Afterwards we were invited to take a tour of this special house. We began in the Chapel which goes back to the fifteen hundreds.
This was the chapel Mother Mazzarello, Sisters and girls prayed in. Each year the local people come here on the 23rd and 24th of May to honor Mary Help of Christians and they call the house “La Madonna”. We had Mass here at 11:30.
|Welcome to lunch at Nizza|
We were warmly treated to a delicious lunch. Hospitality was exemplary. During lunch we were enjoying seeing the many children at recess.
We then visited the Memorabilia of St. Mary Mazzarello time and were amazed at what we saw.
Soon it was time to say good bye to the Sisters at Nizza and get on the bus. Our next stop was St. Joseph’s house for the elderly. M. Marinella and other Sisters were waiting to welcome us. M. Marinella spoke to us in the Community room and we visited the chapel. We were treated to beautiful refreshments and left very satisfied with our visit.
|Group photo with Mother Marinella at Nizza|