This contemplative Order of papal enclosure came about through the work of Blessed Mother Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation (Caterina Sordini), born at Porto S. Stefano (Italy) on 16th April, 1770, of a good family which held in high esteem worship and adoration of Christ in the Eucharist. Before she was 18 she joined the Franciscans of Ischia di Castro.
During her novitiate she had an enlightenment from God to form a Religious Family exclusively dedicated to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; but many years were to pass, before this Order could be realized.
Mother M. Magdalene became Abbess of the Monastery of Ischia and worked to bring about the divine wish regarding the new foundation; with the help of her spiritual director Fr. G. A. Baldeschi and the Bishop of Acquapendente, she was able finally to leave Ischia in 1807 and go to Rome where she opened the first monastery of the Perpetual Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.
During the sad times of the French occupation, the Mother was exiled.
Only in 1814 was she able to return to Rome and reconstruct the little community and start the solemn and public exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Official approval of the Order by the Church with power to take solemn vows and observe enclosure, came in 1818. Mother Mary Magdalene lived on only few years after that. After having put the Order under the protection of Our Lady of Sorrows, as a Superior and Mother, she went to God on 29th November, 1824.
But in less than two centuries the little seed has flourished into a thriving tree.
At the present time there are about seventy Monasteries of Adorers spread over three continents: Europe (Italy, Austria, Spain), America (Mexico, Chile, USA), Africa (Kenya, Rwanda); and Israel.
Operating spiritually in the heart of the Church, attaining to the source of the Eucharist and inspired by the same spirit of their Foundress, the Adorers witness to all the Presence of God among mankind. And, with their Mother, invoke that He “be known to all, loved, worshiped and thanked in every moment in the most Blessed and Divine Sacrament”.
The vision of our Founder was to form a community of virgins who would be adorers of the Blessed Sacrament like the Seraphs who stand in attendance before the Lord of Hosts, incessantly singing hymns and praise to His glory.