The school is one of the most interesting works of our Institute and as such we take it as a vocation.

st. Magdalena di Canossa
Opening of the school

Maddalena, illuminated by the Word of God, comprehend her mission and in 1799 edited “The Plan” which reveal grandity of her apostolic heart. She present her Plan to the Bishop Avogadro in Verona, who  – oposite to the inclination of Maddalena who desired cure the sick –  inspires her to open as soon as possible the School of the Charity in Verona.

At the beginning of 1799 Magdalene gathered two young girls exposed to the dangers of the street and housed them temporalily at her own expense with a companion.
In march 1802, she moved them to a house in the Filippini area of the city, along with a third girl, originally   from a noble family, who had ended up in “a place of evil repute”. She then managed to convince two others companions to place themselves at the service of the girls and bought a house in the parish of San Zeno, the filthiest and most infamous part of the town, with the intention of opening a school also for external pupils.
Unfortunately, Magdalene herself had to continue to lice a Canossa Palace. She was happy  to look after these children and did not disdain to wash them, comb their hair and remove the lice.

After some years Magdalena “freed from her ties” (the death of her uncles,  Carol, a small nephew of her brother was entrusted to the cure of one protector) and started looking for a suitable building for the girls. Her eyes fell on the monastery of Saints Joseph and Fidence that is in the rione of San Zeno and which had become State Property after the suppression of the Augustinian Sisters. She had to persevere tirelessly for two years before obtaining the Decree of Assignment, issued on April 1 , 1808.
The Marchiones had the most urgent repairs done immediately.

In the morning of 8 of May 1808, the third Sunday of the Easter and in the feast of patronage of saint Joseph, a great dream od Magdalena become reality:   she moved her girls and teachers into the house, ex-augustinian monastery. Magdalene reaches 34 years of age.

For some years her companion in this house is Leopoldina Naudet, who later become a foundress of the another religious institute of the Nuns of the Sacred Family.