In 1822, the Austrian government issued her a teacher’s diploma and she began teaching first grade girls. A couple years later, she returned home to teach at the local school. It was then that she first met Vincenza Gerosa and they became very close. The two co-founded their own religious order (the Italian Sisters of Charity of Lovere) to teach children and nurse the sick. One the Feast of the Presentation in 1832, they dedicated themselves to God and began to live a communal life according to their rule. Their formal founding was on November 21, 1832.
Bartolomea’s short life is a testament to the power and grace of friendship and of the genius of women in the work of the Church.
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