|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1838|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1885|
Born in 1839, Adelaide was hardly 18 years old when she went to knock at the door of the Convent of St. Catherine in Valletta. The pious Sister Giuseppa Baldacchino who met her at the barred familiar window was impressed to see this thin weak daughter of the wealthy pasta factory owner of Ħamrun in front of her asking to be accepted as a postulant nun. Later Sister Giuseppa was convinced of Adelaide's religious background, but as the young girl was then under a psychological strain following a marriage proposition to which her parents objected, the good Sister could only consider her request with sympathy. She advised her to return to her home and wait for God to show her the real nature of her vocation.
Young Adelaide may not have understood the message but she certainly remembered it some time later when by accident she came across a young Sicilian prostitute who was becoming known for her activities among the more affluent sectors of society. Her efforts to befriend her were successful and Adelaide soon persuaded her to live with her at her parent's home.
Adelaide's strange friendship proved providential. The Sicilian redeemed herself in no time and this miraculous change urged the enterprising Adelaide to start on a new missionary movement among the numerous abandoned girls from the poorer classes of the Maltese society. With the financial help of John Aspen and his wife Angelica she opened the first home for unmarried mothers.
After the death of her father, she turned his pasta factory into a conservatory for the more needy girls.
Adelaide died on March 28, 1885. Originally interred at the Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery in Paola, on October 15, 1919, her remains were exhumed and transferred to her Institute, known for many years as Ta' Cini. A primary school in Ħamrun was named after her, while an informative process about her life was opened by the then Diocese of Malta in 1907. Pope Pius X declared her Venerable on February 23, 1910.
Ta' Cini Institute
Northern Harbour, Malta
Plot: Institute Chapel.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Aug 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94939970
Strieħ Fis-Sliem, Għażiża Adelaide!|
Added: Aug. 6, 2012