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The Sons of Divine Providence is a Roman Catholic religious congregation founded in Italy in 1893 by St. Luigi Orione. The Congregation takes its inspiration from its founder whose motto was:
"Do good to all; harm no one".
Luigi Orione is remembered for his commitment to social justice and the service of those in need, a service guided and inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church. Don Orione began his work with orphans and street children in the city of Tortona in north-west Italy while he was still a student. He was a man of enormous energy and enterprise and by the time of his death in 1940 Don Orione and his followers had established services for the care of elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people all over Italy, as well as in Poland, Brazil, Argentina and Palestine. Today over a thousand priests and brothers of the Congregation are working in thirty two countries around the world providing services for more than 200,000 people in a variety of health and social care projects. The Sons of Divine Providence came to England in 1949 when Fr. Paul Bidone arrived from Italy. He spoke no English and carried only a ten shilling note and the name of one British contact. However, three years later he had opened his first home, Fatima House in south London, for homeless elderly men. When Fatima House was opened in 1952 the Congregation established a charitable trust as the vehicle for its work in England. By 2001 the trust was managing seven residential care homes, a day centre, a holiday home and 80 units of independent accommodation. In 2001 the Congregation restructured its affairs and founded a charitable limited company to manage and develop its care and housing services. The company, also called The Sons of Divine Providence, is managed by a board of trustees, the majority of whom are members of the Congregation. Modern Britain is very different from nineteenth century Italy, but, in seeking always to respond to the needs of the times, The Sons of Divine Providence strives to live up to the ideals of St Luigi Orione.
St. Luigi Orione had a great love for Poland and the Polish people. He would be proud to hear that a new pastoral initiative led by Fr. Henryk Halman is gathering momentum in Hampton Wick. Mass is celebrated weekly on Sundays, at 11.00, in the Westminster House Chapel. If you wish to know more write to firstname.lastname@example.org