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From Alba to Rome

Written by Sr. M. Joseph Oberto pddm
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On March 24 1987 the remains of Sister M. Scholastica Rivata, the first Superior General of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master were transferred to Rome


On March 24, 1987, the eve of the Annunciation of the Lord, a day which marked the anniversary of the religious vestition of the first eight Sister Disciples, Mother M. Scholastica crossed the threshold of eternity.

Soon after her death, the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, brothers and sisters of the Pauline Family and several people who knew her expressed a desire to open the cause for her canonization process. They were aware that the waiting time for this process was a period of five years before the application.

The cause for the canonization of Mother Mary Scholastica - Ursula Rivata, opened on March 13 1993, in the Temple of St. Paul in Alba. The diocesan phase ended on March 25 1994. It continued its normal procedure at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In 2007 the ecclesiastical and civil authorities approved the transfer of the mortal remains of Mother M. Scholastica Rivata from the cemetery of Alba to the Church of Jesus Master, Rome.

On October 23, 2007 the Pauline community accompanied the body in procession amidst songs and flowers, from the Cemetery chapel in Alba to Sanfrè. There was a touching farewell from the community members where Mother Scholastica had spent the last years of her life.

On the evening of that same day the Pauline Family in Rome gathered to welcome the body of Mother Scholastica with songs and prayers. Sr. M. Regina Cesarato, Superior General of the Sister Disciples, stated lovingly that she had received her final community transfer.

On April 3 2008, the urn that contained the remains of Mother M. Scholastica Rivata, was placed in the Church of Jesus Master in Rome.

When a person reverently approaches this urn, it is not to touch bronze or marble but to seek a dialogue with her who was the first of the Disciples of the Divine Master.

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