MILANO – Via Magistretti

Suore Missionarie Comboniane

fondazione 03/07/2009

Comunità apostolica-formativa; il Noviziato è interrotto a marzo 2014; rimane la comunità, con attività pastorali nella parrocchia di S. Basilio.


MILAN is a city of 1,334,077 inhabitants, the capital of the province of  the Lombardy region. It is the second Italian city by population, after Rome, and is the center of the largest metropolitan area in Italy and one of the most populous in Europe. The foreign population of 34,770 inhabitants to 31/12/2010. Milan occupies an area of 181.76 km ² in the west of Lombardy, 25 miles east of the Ticino River, 25 km west of the Adda, 35 miles north of the Po and 50 miles south of Lake Como along the “line of springs,” where there is a meeting, in the subsurface, including geological layers with different permeability, which allows the deep sea to resurface.

In this area the land slopes gently from north-west to south-east by measuring an average of 122 m.


Milan became “Italian economic capital” during the industrial revolution that affected Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century, constituting Turin and Genoa, the “Industrial Triangle”. From this period onwards, and especially since the war, underwent a strong process of urbanization related industrial expansion that also involved the neighboring cities, and was the main goal during the period of internal emigration.

The last century has stabilized its economic role and production, becoming the largest Italian financial market, and is one of the world capitals of fashion and industrial design.  At the gates of Milan, RHO, the seat of the Milan Fair, the largest exhibition center in Europe.  Nearby there are three airports in Milan dedicated to normal civilian traffic (Malpensa and Linate, Orio al Serio airport and the small tourist Bresso).   Milan has five public universities and seven private.

The first religious denomination is Roman Catholic in Milan. Milan follows its own liturgical rite, called the Ambrosian rite, deriving from the tradition that has been stratified into the Milanese liturgy. The second largest religious community is Muslim, which is found in mosques as that of Viale Jenner and that of  Segrate.  In  Milan there are the buildings of worship for Protestants, as the Waldensian Church, Orthodox, such as the Romanian church, the temple which belongs to the Patriarchate of Moscow, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.  Milan is also home to the second Italian Jewish community for many  of their believers.

In Milan there is the most  important  Armenian community of Italy.

GORLA, where is our community, is a district of north-eastern outskirts of town along Viale Monza, which is part of Zone 2, is a village attached to Milan in 1923. His notoriety is due to the tragic bombing of the elementary school. Nearby, in memory of this tragedy, was established the Peace Museum.

The district is crossed by Martesana, once navigable channel that carried water from the Adda to the circle of the Navigli of Milan. Already a rural area with villas, Gorla was reached by the end of 800 building development, becoming a dedicated area for industries and services, especially for large industrial factories that were springing up in the nearby town of Sesto San Giovanni.


The house we live  is part of the structure of the Parish of St. Basil the Great, where there was, in previous years,  the nursery of the parish.

We are present in this context since July 3, 2009, as the seat of the European Novitiate of the Congregation.


Being home to the novitiate, the main purpose of the community is that “training” combined with a commitment to the parish pastoral, of missionary animation  and pastoral for the migrants.



– Ministry in collaboration with: the deanery / CMD groups to support the presence of missionaries groups and missionary animation;

– following the rules  of the Parish  we help  in  / CPP, Caritas in the Listening Center, catechesis  children / adolescents, visit households

– With immigrants in the commitment of the Italian school.