The Rogationists

The congregation of Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus (RCJ) was founded at the end of the 19th century by St. Hannibal Maria Di Francia, who lived and operated in the Sicilian town of Messina. After his death his ideas spread to the rest of Italy and eventually to the whole world. Today the Rogationists operate not only in Italy, but also in Spain, Poland, Rwanda, Zaire, India, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines.

St. Hannibal found the name for his congregation in the text of one of the gospels: “The harvest is rich but the workers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest that He may send workers into His harvest” (Mark 9,37; Luke 10,2). The name “Rogationists” is taken from the Latin “rogate” (to pray).

The main charismata of St. Hannibal’s legacy are: the prayer for vocations, i.e. good labourers of the Lord’s harvest, spreading this prayer throughout the World and trying to be “good labourers” ourselves.

St. Hannibal also founded a women’s branch of the congregation – the Daughters of Divine Zeal, who have the same vocation as the Rogationists.


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