“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matt 25:35)

Bienvenu Shelter

Scalabrinian Sisters

Scalabrinians for a world
without borders

The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinians (MSCS), founded in Italy in 1895, has as its specific purpose the Evangelical and Missionary service to Migrants and Refugees, especially to the poorest in situations of greater vulnerability.

In 2023, it carries out its mission in 27 countries around the world. The MSCS Sisters contemplate human mobility from the perspective of faith and see in Migrants/Refugees the image of the pilgrim Christ: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me”; they live their lives welcoming and in solidarity, they take on Apostolic Itinerance and witness to Communion in diversity. With their feminine strength and sign of hope in the world, they commit themselves to the proclamation of the Gospel, the witness of life, the inculturation of the Scalabrinian charism in different contexts and the welcome capable of strengthening people in mobility as protagonists of communion among peoples. The Scalabrinian Sisters have been present in South Africa since 1992 and in Johannesburg since 1998.


Sr. Neusa de Fátima Mariano

Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Saint Charles Borromeo – Scalabrinians