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First of all, we have to share the conviction that there is more need of witnesses than teachers, and that to evangelize does not mean only to bring the Gospel to others, but especially to make our lives evangelical. We are apostolic not because we carry out an Apostolate, but because we live in the way the apostles did, we go back to the sanctity of the apostles' times and to the blessed life of the Holy Gospel.”
The Somascan Fathers continue the legacy of St. Jerome's commitment in serving the poor and taking care of the orphans and abandoned youth
Critical studies on our traditions: saint Jerome and the beginning of our Religious Order In their introduction, our most antique Constitutions invite us to look at the foundations of the Congregation, which were resplendent of holiness, and offer us the early disciples of Miani as models, because they distinguished themselves for holiness and fidelity to the charismof their Founder. 
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Miani, "as a lamp placed on the lamp-stand, sent out so much light of good example that he drew many to run after the odor of his virtues and join him."(l) In less than five years he had established institutions for orphans; boys and girls, and for redeemed women in different cities of Lombardy, stirring up admiration but also• distrust and criticism. With his charitable work, our Founder launched in the society of his times the upsetting message of transforming the Church in order to bring her back to the holiness of the Apostolic times. At his appeal, answered priests and lay people, noble and learnt ones, merchants and humble people, and even those who were helped by being taken from the streets, where would roam miserably "losing their souls and bodies," and "becoming scoundrels," in order to be raised and educated, "so that they may always live in the fear of God." (2)  
They were thus born the Congregation of the Orphan Boys, the Congregation of the Virgin Orphans, the Congregation of the Redeemed Women, the Congregation of the Procurators, and the Company of the Servants of the Poor, or better, "of the Poor Derelict," commonly pointed out as "the Miani's Poor" and, later on, "the Poor of Somasca." The Company used to gather in Bergamo, at the Maddalena's Hospital, since 1532. The proposal for its disciples was to literally fulfill Christ's word: "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, give it to the poor and then come and follow me," which was concretely implemented in the notary deed of the donation "among the alive (inter vivos)" of one's goods to his family members, and in living and dying at the service of the orphans.  
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© Copyright of Order of St.Jerome Aemilian,Inc.
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First of all, we have to share the conviction that there is more need of witnesses than teachers, and that to evangelize does not mean only to bring the Gospel to others, but especially to make our lives evangelical. We are apostolic not because we carry out an Apostolate, but because we live in the way the apostles did, we go back to the sanctity of the apostles' times and to the blessed life of the Holy Gospel.”
The Somascan Fathers, taking care of orphans and abandoned youth
Critical studies on our traditions: saint Jerome and the beginning of our Religious Order In their introduction, our most antique Constitutions invite us to look at the foundations of the Congregation, which were resplendent of holiness, and offer us the early disciples of Miani as models, because they distinguished themselves for holiness and fidelity to the charismof their Founder. 
Miani, "as a lamp placed on the lamp-stand, sent out so much light of good example that he drew many to run after the odor of his virtues and join him."(l) In less than five years he had established institutions for orphans; boys and girls, and for redeemed women in different cities of Lombardy, stirring up admiration but also• distrust and criticism. With his charitable work, our Founder launched in the society of his times the upsetting message of transforming the Church in order to bring her back to the holiness of the Apostolic times. At his appeal, answered priests and lay people, noble and learnt ones, merchants and humble people, and even those who were helped by being taken from the streets, where would roam miserably "losing their souls and bodies," and "becoming scoundrels," in order to be raised and educated, "so that they may always live in the fear of God." (2)  
They were thus born the Congregation of the Orphan Boys, the Congregation of the Virgin Orphans, the Congregation of the Redeemed Women, the Congregation of the Procurators, and the Company of the Servants of the Poor, or better, "of the Poor Derelict," commonly pointed out as "the Miani's Poor" and, later on, "the Poor of Somasca." The Company used to gather in Bergamo, at the Maddalena's Hospital, since 1532. The proposal for its disciples was to literally fulfill Christ's word: "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, give it to the poor and then come and follow me," which was concretely implemented in the notary deed of the donation "among the alive (inter vivos)" of one's goods to his family members, and in living and dying at the service of the orphans.  
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