Cappella delle Figlie della Sapienza is a mid 20th century private convent chapel at Via dei Casali di Torrevecchia 16, in the Trionfale suburban zone.

History Edit

The Daughters of Wisdom are a French active religious sisterhood, founded by St Louis Grignion de Montfort and Bl Marie-Louise Trichet in 1707.

After the congregation had undergone its initial development, it established its mother house at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre. However, Pope Pius XII requested that all religious congregations recognised by the Holy See should establish their Generalates or headquarters at Rome. Many already had, some never did but there was a nowadays relatively unknown building campaign in the Fifties which provided such convents in the suburbs. This goes some way to explaining the amazing number of religious congregations in the DIocese -over a thousand (307 male and 751 female in 2018). Many of these convents had large chapels amounting to church edifices.

The Daughters of Wisdom provided a large Roman Generalate for themselves, with a substantial chapel.

Unfortunately, this convent building campaign proved badly mistaken. In the latter part of the 20th century, active religious sisterhoods suffered a serious drop in vocations and many of these Roman convents became white elephants. The problem was compounded by the increasing difficulty in obtaining chaplains, with diocesan clergy reluctant to celebrate private Masses for convent communities. Some of these mid 20th century convents are functioning as schools and others as pilgrim hotels, but some seem to have no future including this one.

The Daughters now (2018) number six in Rome, split between here and a community in the Via Merulana. The Generalate has been returned to France, to Paris,

Apperance Edit

The convent has two large three-storey wings, forming an L and standing in its own grounds. The chapel is attached to the outer angle of the L, with its major axis parallel to one of the wings which abuts the right hand side wall.

The edifice has a hexagonal plan stretched along the major axis, and matches the convent in having a reinforced concrete frame with pink brick infill. The roof is pitched and tiled, and has a thin window strip below its eaves all the way round. Two wider vertical window windows strips are in the left hand side wall. The frontage is occupied by a flat-roofed entrance lobby, containing an open portal leading to the main doors.

This chapel could easily function as a modern parish church, but sadly does not seem to be listed by the Diocese any more as a cultic centre.

External links Edit

Official diocesan web-page

Info.roma web-page

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