Santa Maria Consolatrice a Labaro is a 20th century public chapel at Via Francesco Torfanini 27 in the suburb of Labaro, north-west of the junction between the Via Flaminia and the Grande Raccordo Anulare (Circonvallazione Settentrionale).

The dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of "Our Lady, Consoler".

History Edit

The Sisters of Holy Mary the Consoler (Suore di Maria Santissima Consolatrice) were founded in Turin in 1893.

Their convent with its chapel was founded in 1954, and was the original place of worship in the suburb of Labaro. The parish of San Melchiade was set up in 1959, but was provided with a new church of its own in 1976. The chapel remains an external Mass centre for the parish.

The sisters run a refuge for vulnerable women and their children, called the Istituto Maria Consolatrice.

Appearance Edit

The chapel is part of the convent building, but has its own façade. The pitched roof forms a low gable, below which is a blank wall in a dirty white render. The entire façade, including the gable, has a slightly raised border in dull orange.

The single entrance has a single-pitched tiled canopy supported on a pair of wooden struts. Above is a small rectangular window inserted into a diapered square recess (that is, a square standing on its corner). This also has an orange frame, and is covered with a decorative metal grille incorporating a cross.

Liturgy Edit

Mass is celebrated daily at 8:30 (parish website, June 2018).

External links Edit

Official diocesan web-page

Congregation's website

Convent's web-page

Info.roma web-page

Roman Despatches blog

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