Scalabrini Mission Office

About us

The Scalabrini Mission Office has the responsibility of seeking funds for the support of the Scalabrini Missionaries in the Province of St. John the Baptist. These funds are gathered in order to aid the various ministries and missions, which include: Shelters for Migrants in transit, Retirement center that also cares for the retired Scalabrinian missionaries, Seminaries and Volunteer formation programs, Advocacy for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees, Parish work and community centers with immigrant communities… among many other ministries.

The Scalabrini Mission office accomplishes this by conducting the following:

  • Direct mail appeals
  • Promotion of the Scalabrini Perpetual Mass League
  • Encouragement of Scalabrini Day events
  • Diocesan Mission appeal participation
  • Encouragement of Scholarships for our Seminarians and Formation Programs
  • Major Gift acquisition
  • Planned Gift Giving opportunities and Bequests
  • Migration Phenomenon education and awareness

We are grateful to all Scalabrinians who, by their daily ministry, remind us that there are migrants and refugees among us and that they, too, are to receive the Word of God, our prayers, support and welcome.

Contact Us

Mr. Alexander Sánchez
Scalabrini Mission Office
546. N. East Ave
Oak Park IL 60302-2207

Phone: (708) 848-1616
Fax: (708) 848-2525
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Our missions and shelters in Mexico, Guatemala & El Salvador

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Our Seminaries in Mexico and Guatemala for the formation of our future missionaries

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Retired / Infirmed

Our retirement center in Sun Valley, CA

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The Center of Migration Studies of NY

Saint John Baptist Scalabrini

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John Scalabrini was born at Como in northern Italy on July 8, 1839. He studied for the diocesan priesthood and was ordained in 1863. His first assignment was to teach in Como's diocesan seminary where he soon became rector. Soon after, he was appointed pastor of one of Como's largest parishes. When John Scalabrini was only 36 years old, he was named bishop of Piacenza.

In his less than 30 years as bishop of the city of Piacenza in northern Italy, he had become an international figure. His episcopacy was marked by innovative approaches to religious education, relief services to the victims of epidemics and disasters, political and social involvement for human rights, an abiding concern for migrants of all nationalities and the founding of the Scalabrinian Community.

During his time as bishop he realized that large numbers of Italians were leaving their home country each year in search of a better life in non-European countries. Between 1880 and 1914, some 13 million of Italy's 30 million population were to sail west to North and South America; 28,000 of these came from the Diocese of Piacenza alone. Little or nothing was being done in America to guide and comfort these exiles.

Knowing the needs of the people who had left Italy, Bishop Scalabrini was determined to help them. In 1887 he founded the Missionaries of St. Charles, more commonly known as the Scalabrini Fathers and Brothers, to work among the Italian immigrants of the Americas. In 1895 he founded the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles. By 1904 the Scalabrini priests, brothers and sisters were actively and successfully working among the immigrants in both North and South America. During those years, Bishop Scalabrini was a champion for the Italian immigrants even going so far as to discuss with President Theodore Roosevelt the inhumane treatment of some of the immigrants (which he had witnessed himself).

Bishop Scalabrini died on June 1, 1905. Three weeks before his death he submitted a historic plan to the pope which dealt with immigration policies to be followed regarding immigrants from every country. He begged the Holy Father to set up a department devoted to the needs of all those uprooted. His advice was heeded. Today Scalabrinian priests and brothers and sisters are at work in 30 countries throughout the world.

Bishop Scalabrini was a devout man who had three favorite devotions; the Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin and the popes. He also wrote extensively on the reform of clerical studies and catechetical methods.

Bishop John Scalabrini was proclaimed Blessed by Pope John Paul II in Rome on November 9, 1997, and was canonized by Pope Francis, in Rome on October 9, 2022.

If you want to know more about Saint Scalabrini click on the icons below:

Scalabrini Perpetual Mass League

In memory of - In Honor of - A healing prayer for

Memorial gifts are a meaningful way to express sympathy on the loss of a friend or loved one. Memorials are also a dignified way to remember a loved one, friend or neighbor on their birthday, anniversary, in time of sickness or grieving, as well as on Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, a special occasion or any day.

Those enrolled in the Scalabrini Perpetual Mass League are remembered by the Scalabrini priests, brothers and seminarians in their daily prayers, at Mass and in all their good works.

The cards are in a booklet format, 6 inches by 8 inches when closed, hard cover and soft cover with a variety of holy pictures. See a sample of card by clicking on the images below.

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Preview of a card

To order cards please call the Scalabrini Mission Office:

(708) 848-1616

Download order form here

Contact us

Phone: (708) 848-1616
Fax: (708) 848-2525

Scalabrini Mission Office
546. N. East Ave
Oak Park IL 60302-2207