The servant of God Domenica Caterina of the Holy Spirit (Mother Teresa Solari) is very dear to our Congregation, which began the process for her beatification. She founded the Dominican Sisters of the Little House of Divine Providence, who have been with us since 1990.
Teresa Solari was born at Nè, in the neighbourhood of Chiavari, Italy, in the year 1822 or 1823. She was left motherless at a very early age; and experienced at first hand the hard task of earning her bread.
Following a recovery in hospital, she came to know the young Antonietta Cervetto, and when they left hospital they put into action the project of charity to which they felt strongly God’s will was inspiring them: as Dominican religious to receive and educate orphaned and needy girls. Teresa dedicated forty years of her life to the exhausting task of questing for food for those she had taken into her care: the people of Genoa became co-operators in her charity, and Heaven itself often intervened directly with extraordinary answers to trustful prayers.
Very special spiritual graces and physical and moral trials alternated in her life, making this humble, illiterate creature an extraordinary participant in the mystery of divine Love, and compassionate towards her neighbour.
At her death on 7 May 1908, the Municipality, as a sign of gratitude for her prodigious charity, donated a burial place for her in the Staglieno cemetery. From that time on, her tomb has been the goal of incessant pilgrimage for those who pray to her, above all, for the solution of family problems. Innumerable ex-votos testify that she has come with solicitude to meet the needs of families.
The Cause for Mother Teresa Solari’s beatification and canonisation is at present lodged with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at Rome, where the process for recognition of her heroic virtue is in progress, also that for the recognition of the miracle attributed to the Servant of God in favour of the boy Stefano Tchamou Tetsopguim.
Biography (in Italian)