Our Beginnings

In 1914 Blessed Fr. James Alberione founded the Pauline Family.  The Pauline Family first started with The Society of St. Paul and then

grew into 10 distinct religious institutes within Fr. Alberione's lifetime:

The Society of St. Paul

The Daughters of St. Paul

The Sister Disciples of the Divine Master

The Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherd

The Queen of Apostles Sisters

Institute of Jesus Priest

Institute of St. Gabriel the Archangel

Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation

The Holy Family Institute

Association of Pauline Cooperators

Each and all of these institutes are charged with the mission of bringing Jesus Christ, Way, Truth and Life, to mankind by using all the modern means of Social Communications.


The Pauline Family was born in Italy, and became an international congregation that has spread throughout the entire world.


In 1958 Blessed Fr. James Alberione would give life to The Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation.  The Founder personally hand chose women to be the first "Annunciationists" in Italy, and thus the beginning of our Institute was born.  Anna Butani was one of the first Annunciationists personally chosen by the Founder in Rome.  She lived a simple, humble life and worked at the Vatican and also helped

The Society of St. Paul.


The Founder would state to them:

"You are lay persons, without any religious mark of distinction.  You shall live at home, work in schools, offices, factories and you shall carry out your witnessing within these institutions.  You, however, shall be consecrated persons... You shall be 'salt' and 'leaven' in the contemporary world... You shall be consecrated to God and dedicated to the apostolate in the world and with the means of the world...in order that to all men and women Christ may be proclaimed, and to give Jesus Christ to the world, totally as He defined Himself:  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life."

Herein are specified the vocation and the mission of these Pauline women of consecrated secular life.


So, our Founder, Fr. Alberione saw the realization of The Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation, for single women, who are called to live a consecrated life while remaining in the world and carrying out the Pauline Apostolate, become approved by the

Holy See on April 8th, 1960.


Fr. James Alberione