Santa Maria della Divina Provvidenza a Primavalle is a later 20th century convent chapel at Via della Pineta Sacchetti 261, in the Primavalle zone.

The dedication was to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her aspect of Our Lady of Divine Providence.


The Daughters of Divine Providence (Figlie della Divina Provvidenza) is a locally founded active religious sisterhood, founded by Maria Elena Bettini in 1832 for the purpose of educating poor girls. The foundation was with the help of the Barnabites at San Carlo ai Catinari, near which church the first convent school opened. The new congregation took the name of the famous miraculous icon in that church.

This first convent was transferred to Testaccio, when that formerly mostly uninhabited area was being populated by working-class people. There, the sisters had a convent complex built -see Santa Maria della Divina Provvidenza a Testaccio.

When the congregation started to develop, the Generalate (headquarters) was moved to here, in Primavalle, in the later 20th century. It occupied a four-storey villa building. Unfortunately, the road that this is on, the Via della Pineta Sacchetti, became a major orbital traffic route.

A new Generalate, with a school attached, was built at the end of the 20th century at Via Matteo Bartoli 255, in a developing neighbourhood near the Laurentina metro station. The old convent is still open, but one wonders why. Its future must surely be in doubt.

Appearance Edit

The convent chapel is apparently a plain, low rectangular building over to the right when facing the main convent block from the road. There is no architectural interest here, and no public ministry.

External links Edit

Info.roma web-page

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