Providence, in the world Anna Maria Andreani, was born in Cornale
of Pradalunga (BG) on 19 August 1933, of wise and religious
parents. She was a Foundress of numerous Religious Families.
her childhood she felt a strong vocation of donating herself to
the Lord for the salvation of souls. At the age of about twenty
she began to work as a teacher, either with the youth or with
was also a headmistress in a seaside holiday camp for
children in Varazze, in Liguria, and as an assistant in
others, where she helped poor children free. She was
mother of orphans in St. Vincent’s Work and taught
poliomyelitics, mongoloids and persons of unsound mind in
Bergamo and Varazze. She taught also in two preventive
sanatoriums in Selvino (BG) and Sovere (BG), and cured
sick children from close up.
worked in the Italian Catholic Movement as a propagandist.
her youth her vocation of losing the world and retiring
herself in a Carmelite cloister grew more and more.
ways are usually different from men’s.
the age of thirty, exactly on 22 February 1964, she
offered herself for the conversion of a Priest. The
following night was hit by a bilateral glaucoma, and lost
completely the light of her eyes.
many surgery operations, with no good results, she had the
joy of meeting His Holiness the Pope Paolo VI on 28 May
1969, thanks to Fr. Francesco Cellerino, a Carmelite.
After showing Him her intention of entering into a Carmel,
the Pope answered: “Go around as a pilgrim until you
find a Bishop who will accept you. Receive all those
children who go searching for a light”.
Holiness, I am blind!” she answered.
Pope added: “ Do not fear; the Providence will be
always with you”
Spiritual Father, Fr. Fernando D’Urbano, a Camillian
Missionary, now dead, said to her: “Obey the Pope;
let someone put you on a train… and even though you
cannot see, God sees… Do not bring any baggage or money
with you. Catch the first passing train without knowing
where it is directed. The Providence of God will guide you.
Do not ask anything of anyone, let others search for you”.
Then she remembered the Gospel: “The
harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray
you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send
forth labourers into His harvest. Go your ways; behold, I
send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse,
nor scrip nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.And into whatsoever house you enter, first say:
Peace be to this house”
(Lc 10, 2-5).
a train, she suddenly received the first Providence
through a military man who paid for her ticket to Rome.
a hand to another, from a town to another one, under the
guide of her Spiritual Father she often called by
telephone, she travelled for seven years like a pilgrim,
enriching her life with great experiences of every kind.
those years she also found the time to write, seated on a
stone, by the Lord’s eyes, the Love of God towards man
and the different answers of man towards God.
times she used to remember some events happened during her
night a homeless man shared his portion of bread with her
while sitting alone on a bench, without seeing his face; a
painful story of him who, even though he had a place to
take her in, didn’t do it.
other episodes can be remembered, for example: the poor
man who gave her a plate of supper soup; or when she was
staying under the sky with a broken leg, and suddenly
appeared a truck driver who picked her up and took to a
hotel and also paid the bill.
all that time, searching for her vocation, she realized
that God talks above all through the humble, the alone,
the abandoned, and the desperate.
was preparing for her the hard and painful way of the
the protection and guide of His Eminence the Cardinal
Joseph Siri, she had the joy of being called Mother of
many spiritual sons, together with a Priest, full of light
and given to her by God as a companion along her way.
Giuseppe Franciolini, Bishop of Cortona, with the consent
of His Eminence the Cardinal Siri, gave her the Carmelite
religious uniform. During that ceremony the Bishop said
that, as a foundress, she had to be called also as: Madre
twenty-five years of work in the Church and for the Church,
we have formed together, by God’s help, 150 priests who
were sent all over the world. They were not only Italian
but also priests coming from all Continents. Thus we
opened houses not only in Italy but also in many countries
in the world: in India, Philippines, Samoa, Angola, West
Indies, Colombia, Ecuador, Vietnam, Myanmar, Venezuela, Brazil,
missionary foundations were of different kind, both active and
contemplative life. The spirit
is particularly that of living and communicating a deep faith.
main finality is that of helping the Priests who are in difficulty
and that of taking care of the formation of numerous seminarists
by opening seminaries both in Italy and abroad. Anyway, the
Founder is always God: we have been only His supporters.
Eminence the Cardinal Siri wanted Mother Providence to dedicate
herself, like a real mother, to all the necessities of
the candidates, whether they were spiritual or material ones, such
as: the clothing, the feeding and the general order. He proposed
to her also to edit a booklet for lay friends called “Svegliarino”,
with the supplement “Missionarium”.
write and help were always a need for her soul. There had been
instituted, indeed, also another family, besides the religious
ones, called “Mother Providence’s sons”.
Mother always received many letters from a lot of people who asked
for help and prayers, and she always strived to help and comfort
is written in the Gospel indeed: “ Ask and you’ll be given;
search and you’ll find; knock and you’ll be opened” (Mt
after so much work for the building of numerous houses, also
overseas, despite her bad physical condition, after many
sufferings, she retired into her house in Pradalunga near Bergamo,
where she could find a little time to cure herself. She had spent
several years often traveling night and day to give the Church
numerous Priests and Nuns.
found sufficient time to dictate her spiritual daughters
who accompanied her, whatsoever she felt in her heart for
the benefit of the people.
is in short her story that stopped on 16 June 2002 after a
terrible breathing attack.
Mother suffered from different and many illnesses, such as:
diabetes, glaucoma, osteoporosis, …
funeral was held on last 19 June, at 16,30. Hundreds of
people were present at it and about sixty Priests
celebrated the Holy Mass.
we have alas a difficult task to achieve: to keep on the
work undertaken by the Mother for the benefit of all the
people who often met her and asked for help and prayers.
those who had known her cried, since they realized to have
lost a real friend and an infallible advisor.The Mother helped thousands of people. Now we are
sure she will help from Paradise.
Luigi Duilio Graziotti
with Mother Providence
be always together, forever, and we’ll sing with the Father and the Holy
Spirit, the Halleluiah of the Resurrection”