On April 12, 1880, J. B. Scalabrini established the Saint Raphael Benevolent Society to extend to Italy the network of assistance and protection to emigrants already active in Europe, especially in the ports of departure and arrival during the massive exodus of the second half of the 1800s. The Saint Rapahel Society remained active until the early 1920s. In the following years there were other iniatives of organized laity who cooperated with the Scalabrinians.
In the early 1990s, there was a renewed interest for the involvement of the laity in the mission of the Scalabrinians.
The same missionary Charism
Lay Scalabrinians are men and women, both adults and young, who, following a period of Scalabrinian missionary formation, commit themselves to the work of evangelization in the local church in synergy with Scalabrinian Missionary Priests, Brothers and Sisters.
They are guided by the same prophetic Charism and by the same compassion for migrants and refugees regardless of culture, religion, language or administrative situation.
The laity have already organized some regional, national and world encounters, considered decisive for a return of the lay commitment in developing, updating and renewing the Scalabrinian service to the Church.
Lay volunteers and Lay Scalabrinian Missionaries spend a set amount of time with migrants and refugees in their own countries or abroad.
Region Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini (Europe/Africa)
Province of St. John the Baptist (North and Central America)
Province of St. Paul, now part of the Region Our Lady Mother the Migrants (South America)
Province of Saint Frances Cabrini (Asia/Australia)
Province of St. Charles Borromeo (North and South America and Caribbean Basin)