Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Nuns of the
PERPETUAL ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, NUNS OF THE
(AP, Official Catholic Directory #3190); a cloistered community of nuns with papal approbation, dedicated to an apostolate of contemplative prayer, primarily through the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The order was founded at Rome, Italy, on July 8, 1807, by Mother Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation (Catalina Sordini Movizzo, 1770–1824), a Franciscan sister from the convent on the island of Ischia in the bay of Naples. The nuns, who take solemn vows, are engaged in constant prayer, including the Divine Office, before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. In the U.S. they are located in El Paso, Texas (1925), and San Francisco, Calif. (1928). Worldwide, the congregation has houses in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Africa.
[j. h. mcneely]