The Oblate Sisters of Villa Maria: from Italy to the Youngstown Area

The Italian word “oblato” means “offered.” The Oblates of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have called the Diocese of Youngstown home for almost seven decades. They continue to dedicate their ministry, individually and collectively, as an offering to God. The Charism of their congregation is to pray for the sanctification of priests and to support them in their ministry. This religious order, founded in Rome, sent its first members to Youngstown shortly after WWII. Ever since then, the talented, white-habited sisters have left an important and lasting imprint on our area. Recently, Sister Teresina Rosa, a former Regional Superior and parochial school teacher in the Diocese of Youngstown, shared some of her order’s history in the Mahoning Valley with La Gazzetta Italiana.


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