History of Our Order
The "Company of the Servants of the Poor" was founded in 1534 when Jerome Emiliani called together his collaborators and companions for a general assembly. This handful of laymen and priests adopted an organized structure for the movement of religious and social reform started by Jerome in 1529 in Venice. Their goal was to dedicate themselves to the care, assistance, promotion of poor, orphans, abandoned youth, sick, etc, to any kind of works of mercy, and to any pastoral ministry according to the instructions of the Bishops.
First the Company was recognized by
the Papal Nuncio to the Republic of Venice in 1535 and then approved by Pope Paul III in
1540, and finally constituted as a Religious Order by Pius V in 1568 with the name of Somascan Regular Clerics. At this time the first Constitutions were issued to define a
common lifestyle for all its members, both lay and clergy.
The Somascan Fathers and Brothers continue St. Jerome's mission by: living in communities pursuing holiness by prayer and ministry to the poor living in humility and kindness loving poverty and work praying to the Crucified Jesus and Mary Mother of the Orphans being either priests or brothers. Performing different ministries in the Church, such as: care of orphans, disadvantaged and poor treatment of at-risk-youth rehabilitation of drug addicts education pastoral care and spiritual guidance pastoral care of minorities foreign missions youth formation. Working in: group homes treatment and rehabilitation centers retreat houses schools youth centers parishes. Somascan efforts are in the following countries: Europe: Italy, Spain, Poland, Romania, Americas: USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil Asia: Philippines, India, Sri-Lanka, Australia.
SOMASCAN FATHERS AND BROTHERS
Continue St. Jerome Mission by:
Perform different ministries in the Church, such as: