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Congregation of the Servants of Charity
Congregatio Servorum a Charitate (Latin)[1]
AbbreviationPost-nominal letters: S.C.[2]
Formation1908; 114 years ago (1908)[4]
FounderSaint Fr. Luigi Guanella [5]
Founded atComo, Lombardy, Italy
TypeClerical Religious Congregation of Pontifical Right (for Men)[6]
HeadquartersGeneral Motherhouse
Vicolo Clemente 41, 00148 Rome, Italy[7]
Coordinates41°54′4.9″N 12°27′38.2″E / 41.901361°N 12.460611°E / 41.901361; 12.460611Coordinates: 41°54′4.9″N 12°27′38.2″E / 41.901361°N 12.460611°E / 41.901361; 12.460611
Region served
Europe and the Americas
558 members (366 priests) as of 2018[8]
In Omnibus Charitas
In all things Love
Fr. Umberto Brugnoni, S.C.[9]
Patron saints
  • Blessed Virgin Mary
    (under the title Madonna Della Strada)
Education of the poor
AffiliationsRoman Catholic Church

The Servants of Charity (Latin: Congregatio Servorum a Charitate) is a Catholic clerical religious congregation of Pontifical Right for men. Members of this clerical congregation are popularly known as 'Guanelliani' (or Guanellians, in English). They add the nominal letters SC after their names to indicate their membership in the Congeagation.


The institute was founded in Como on March 24, 1908 by Italian priest Luigi Guanella, (1842 - 1915), a friend of David Albertario and Giuseppe Toniolo. He was sensitive to issues of social outcasts and the handicapped. This gave birth to a religious community to provide the needs of the poor. Their motto reads "In Omnibus Charitas" (In all things Love).

The congregation obtained the recognition of ecclesiastical institution of pontifical right with decree of praise, 1912 and was again approved in 1928.

There is also the female branch of Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence.

Activities and dissemination

These religious operate day and evening schools for workers, institutes for the education of youth and speakers. They also run facilities worldwide for the care of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As of December 31, 2018, the congregation had 103 houses and 558 religious, 366 of them priests.[10]


  1. ^ "Congregation of the Servants of Charity (S.C.)".
  2. ^ "Congregation of the Servants of Charity (S.C.)".
  3. ^ "Congregation of Servants of Charity (Institute of Consecrated Life - Men) [Catholic-Hierarchy]".
  4. ^ "Congregation of the Servants of Charity (S.C.)".
  5. ^ "Congregation of the Servants of Charity (S.C.)".
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  8. ^ "Congregation of the Servants of Charity (S.C.)".
  9. ^ "Congregation of the Servants of Charity (S.C.)".
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