In 1857, Luigi Maria Monti, a consecrated laymen and a brother, founded small communities throughout the region of Rome, Italy where men served in hospitals and as traveling nurses to scattered, impoverished farmers of the area. In 1882 they expanded their mission and founded orphanages with attached schools.
Eventually the Sons of the Immaculate Conception (CFIC) was established within the Church as a Congregation of Religious Brothers and Priests dedicated to the care and medical assistance of the sick and to the shelter and education of needy young people.
Today members of this Congregation include brothers, priests, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, lab technicians and nurses. The CFIC is present in over 20 countries all around the world including Italy, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, India, Cameroon, the Philippines where their facilities work alongside existing agencies and other religious orders in places such as leper colonies, institutes for the handicapped, community centers for the mentally ill, shelters for families and children in need, secondary schools, assistance for homeless and street children, inhabitants of squatter settlements, hospital facilities and counseling for the sick.
Here in North America, the Congregation serves parishes in Canada in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary, as well as parishes in Columbus, Ohio; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Merida, Mexico. Click on the map to the left to enlarge!