VASTO is a town of 40,579 inhabitants in the province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region. The town lies in a hilly area at 144 m about sea level, has an area of 70.65 km ² and is the fourth town in Abruzzo for territorial extension. Its coastline stretches for 7 miles of beach and 13 km of cliff. The promontory on which the city gives rise to the Gulf of Vasto.
The town center is situated on a hillside that slopes gently toward the Adriatic Sea. On a clear day you can see the gulf of Vasto and the Gargano promontory that juts out into the sea; Tremiti islands, the distant horizon. Discending slowly over the orchards, oranges, green vineyards and olive trees, one can distinguish the long, wide strip of sand washed by the sun, which extends as far as the eye, is the beach of Marina di Vasto, a town of most renowned beach of the Abruzzo coast.
SITUATION (SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND RELIGIOUS)
The strength of the economy is tourism; Vasto estimated 320,000 tourists every summer. Until the ’60s the economy of the zone was based primarily on agriculture, trade and fishing. The emigration rates were very high. The discovery of methane in the area, to give away to the process of industrialization. It was launched the Technical Institute of Vasto for the training of young people. The Industrial Consortium arranged a development plan that envisaged the creation of industrial clusters in the vicinity. It was appealing to the fact that there were financialoly for the South, labor supply and good roads (highway, rail, port). Within a few years around the SIVs, many small companies sprang up. But the big boost came in 1972 with the installation of the Magneti Marelli (now Denso), which determined the final take-off area. Today the District of Vasto – despite the reduction in employment – appears as one of the most successful models of industrialization.
belongs to the Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto. In the province of Chieti religiosity is enlivened by parties related to their patron saints and shrines and rituals of the folk tradition.
PRESENCE OF THE COMBONI MISSIONARY SISTERS
The first four Comboni Sisters arrived in Vasto Marina 1939, in response to the request of the pastor of Stella Maris to collaborate in the activities of the Parish: training-education for young people, catechetical and social. Our Institute took the opportunity to open a community for their dedication to the pastoral care of people who are humble and simple and also to have a residence in a healthy place for marine treatment. Initially opened a school work, an after-school and a kindergarten. The sisters then devoted to the papal colonies for needy children and later in the teaching of religion in State schools. In 1976 the house became a “retirement home” for elderly veterans of the Mission Sisters. Currently the community is made up of two sisters.
Purpose of our presence
– Welcome Sisters and family for summer holidays and volunteering in the Local Church.
– Collaboration in the Parish Pastoral
– Minister Extraordinary
– Volunteer at Caritas and Market Fair
– Missionary Animation.