Celebrating St Annibale Feast Day 2016 - Thanks!

Celebrating St Annibale Feast Day 2016 - Thanks!

As indicated in our original post, 01 June is the Feast Day of St Annibale however a large congregation joined the FDZ Sisters, to mark the...

Canonical Visit by Mother Elna

Canonical Visit by Mother Elna

Mother Elna, the Superior of the Our Lady of Divine Zeal Province begins her Canonical Visit to our community today.  She will be with us in...

01 July: Eucharistic Day Invitation

01 July: Eucharistic Day Invitation

01 July is the Eucharistic Day for the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus and the Daughters of Divine Zeal.  On this day, we commemorate the first...

  • Celebrating St Annibale Feast Day 2016 - Thanks!

    Celebrating St Annibale Feast Day 2016 - Thanks!

    Wednesday, 08 June 2016 00:00
  • Canonical Visit by Mother Elna

    Canonical Visit by Mother Elna

    Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:00
  • 01 July: Eucharistic Day Invitation

    01 July: Eucharistic Day Invitation

    Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:43

St Annibale Maria Di Francia

Father Founder

Annibale was born in Messina on 05 July 1851. His parents were Francesco Di Francia and Anna Toscano. The third of four children, his father died when he was two years old.

"Zeal for your house consumes me like a fire" (Ps 68:10)

When he was eighteen he felt called by the Lord to the priesthood. "My calling was sudden, irresistible yet sure..." He was ordained priest on 16 March 1878 in the Church of the Holy Spirit.

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Madre Maria Nazarena Majone

Co-foundress

Maria Majone, the youngest of six children, was born on 21 June 1869 at Graniti, Messina, the daughter of Marta Falcone and Bruno Majone. At eleven years of age her father died.

As an adult she was actively engaged in the parish's Association of the Daughters of Mary. On 14 October 1889, aged twenty, she and her friend Carmela D'Amore arrived in Messina where Saint Annibale Maria Di Francia was waiting for them. In 1887 he had started the Institute of the Daughters of Divine Zeal in the Avignone district.

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A Vocation for All Vocations

The latest from our FDZ Vocations blog

  • The Rogate, “to pray”,  is born from the heart of Jesus.  So what is the zeal for Rogate? Praying for good and holy vocations for the Holy Church is the true zeal of His heart. This is the expression of His mercy and compassion –...

  • Maria Majone, the youngest of six children, was born on 21 June 1869 at Graniti, Messina, in Italy.  She was the daughter of Marta Falcone and Bruno Majone. At eleven years of age her father died. As an adult Maria was actively engaged in the...


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