Our Lady of the Garden
Imitating Jesus as Daughters of Mary
The Daughters of Our Lady of the Garden, founded by St. Anthony Gianelli in 1829, is a Religious Congregation of Pontifical rite, dedicated to apostolic activity.
When our Founder met with the first group of Sisters in Chiavari, Italy, he called them “Daughters of Mary,” and he added the words “of Our Lady of the Garden” as an act of homage to the miraculous image venerated in Chiavari.
Our Mission & Charism
Our mission has its origin in the mission of Christ, and follows our Founder’s inspiration of service in the Church. Attentive to the needs of the times, in creative fidelity to the founding Charism of vigilant evangelical charity, we do our best for the good of all persons, with a special love for the poor. In sisterly communion, we joyfully take up the challenge of becoming everything to everyone, with a commitment which knows no limit other than the impossible or the inopportune.
Serving the Church
Because our mission has its origin in the mission of Christ, our Institute’s apostolic action is universal: schools, hospitals, social services, parishes, youth and adult ministries, nursing home care, and missions.
Around the World
We serve the Church in 13 countries on 5 continents: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Italy, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Spain, United States, and Uruguay.
With Vigilant Evangelical Charity
In creative fidelity to the founding Charism of vigilant evangelical charity, we do our best for the good of all persons, with a special love for the poor.
Called to a Greater Love
— Starting Afresh from Christ, # 1
Sensitive to the needs of people and inflamed with charity, on January 12, 1829, St. Anthony Gianelli gathered together a group of thirteen women willing to dedicate themselves completely to the glory of God and the salvation of people. From then to this day, dedicated women have never failed to carry on his work by teaching, nursing, and helping all those in need.
Our Lady of the Garden
This miraculous image reveals Mary’s maternal love and the power of her intercession.
St. Anthony Gianelli
We follow in the footsteps of our Founder, St. Anthony Gianelli, a man of courageous faith, a tireless missionary, a vigilant shepherd.
Bl. Crescencia Perez
Sister Maria Crescencia Perez, beatified in 2012, is a Daughter of Our Lady of the Garden from Argentina who is in the process of canonization.
A Call that Continues
Open to the constant demands of the Spirit of God and aware that that we must never stop doing good until death, we venture beyond every boundary for the love of Christ, serving our needy brothers and sisters afflicted by old and new forms of poverty.