Poor Servants of Divine Providence


     We are the religious brothers and priests Poor Servants of Divine Providence (PSDP), a catholic religious congregation, composed of Brothers and Priests, founded by St. John Calabria on 1907 in Verona, Italy.

     In the Philippines we are the Mission Mary Mother of the Poor, which is officially certificated as Filipino incorporation named Don Calabria Missions, Inc.

     According to the intuition of our Founder we form the Calabrian Family, composed by the PSDP Brothers-Priests/Sisters, Missionaries of the Poor Sisters, Alumni Association, lay collaborators and all  who live the spirituality of St. John Calabria.


“Seek first the Kingdom of God”


To revive in the world faith and trust in God, Father of all humans through the total abandonment to his divine providence, intensely lived and clearly witnessed in all personal and community events and in historical events of the world.


As Calabrian Family, our Charism is the seeking of the kingdom of God which, for us, becomes a reality in the commitment to revive in the world faith and trust in God, Father of all humans through the total abandonment to his Divine Providence.


Our charism, as our identity, commits us to live the way Fr. John Calabria has inspired us. This way of life is the Calabrian Spirituality with its foundation pillars:

  • Faith and total abandonment to God the Father and His Providence;
  • Without anxieties, without counting on human reasoning and without worries;
  • Being ‘living Gospels’;
  • Availability to any work in any place, especially where there is ‘nothing to be expect in return’;
  • Preference for the least of our brothers and Sisters;
  • Humility and simplicity in our life style;
  • Fraternity and communion in the Calabrian Family;
  • Love for the Church and Ecumenism.

What we do

We have a preference for the place and activities where ‘humanly nothing is to be expected in return’, and for the poorest of the poor in the society…

Our mission does not restrict itself to a particular form of apostolate; nor does it limit itself to a precise area, but in conformity with the indication from the Providence.
Here in the Philippines we do our apostolate in: Child protection and Inclusion, Education, Health Care, Pastoral, Vocation Promotion & Formation


Orientation Year – 1 Year (Preparation for College)

Aspirancy Years – 4 Years (Philosophy College)

Adult Vocation – 2 Years (Integration of our Communities)

Postulancy – 2 YEars (Living the Calabrian way of life by experiencing the community and various apostolate, and purify his motivation to continue in the novitiate stage of formation. (Sojourn Program)

Novitiate – 1 year (Canonical year of the novices being conscious living the spirituality, charism of the PSDP Congregation)

Annual Vows – 3 years (Living the religious virtues and assimilate the Congregation’s charism, spirituality and Calabrian way of life. (Theological Studies or other courses for the religious brothers)

On-going Formation – To love and deepened more his vocation as a Calabrian, and constant renewal on his spiritual life and mission in serving God and His people

Calabrian Timeline

1897 -November – John Calabria welcome the first ‘Good Boy’
1901 -March 23 – Diaconal Ordination of John Calabria
August, 11 – Priestly Ordination of John Calabria
1907– November, 26 – Foundation of the PSDP Brothers/ Priest
1910– April 17 – Foundation of the PSDP Sisters
1949– April, 25 – Pontifical Approval of the PSDP Brothers /Priest
1954– December , 4 – Death of Fr. John Calabria
1959– Beginning of the mission in Uruguay
1961– Beginning of the mission in Brazil
1962– Foundation of the Missionaries of the Poor
1969– Beginning of the Mission in Nigeria
1973– Beginning of the Mission in Argentina
1980– Beginning of the Mission in Colombia
1981– December , 25 – Pontifical Approval of the PSDP Sisters
1982– Beginning of the Mission in Angola
1985– Beginning of the Mission in Paraguay
1988– April, 17 – Beatification of Fr. John Calabria
1990– March, 26 – Beginning of the Mission in Philippines
1993– Beginning of the Mission in Russia
1994– November, 1 – Beginning of the Mission in India
1995– Beginning of the Mission in Chile
1997– Beginning of the Mission in Romania
1999– April, 18 – Canonization of Fr. John Calabria
2002– Beginning of the Mission in Kenya
2015– March 26 – Celebration of 25 years of PSDP in the Philippines
2019- September 6 – Beginning of the Mission in Papua New Guinea

Recent Posts

Calabrian Posts and Spirituality

“Listen to Him”

Friday of the 18th Week In Ordinary Time/ August 6, 2021 Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Gospel: Mark 9:2-10 Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus was transfigured before the apostles Peter, James, and John in a high mountain. Jesus’ clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. In the…

The Father of the Poor

Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time/ October 8, 2020/ Feast of St. John Calabria Gospel: Matthew 6:31-33 Friends, today we celebrate the Feast of St. John Calabria. He is the first ‘care taker’ of the congregation Poor Servants of Divine Providence. I will share with today a little about his biography. If you…

This is the Hour of Waking up from Sleep

By: St. John Calabria (Let us go back to the Gospel) This is precisely the hour of waking up from sleep; it is a terrible hour, the hour of Satan; for the love of God, let us prepare ourselves to resist the bow by making use of the weapons that the divine Captain has placed…

As the air penetrates your lungs and heals you and strengthens you, sso let the thought of God, of his Providence, of the greatness of the Opera, of your very special vocation, penetrate and pervade all your being Christian and religious and let this strengthen you in order to fight ‘usque ad sanguinem’ for the holy Kingdom of God and for the souls.

St. John Calabria (August 20, 1928)

Short life Story

JOHN CALABRIA (Original Name: Giovanni Maria Orestes Calabria) was born on October 8th 1873 in Verona, Italy. He was the seventh and last child of Luigi Calabria , a cobbler and of Angela Foschio, a maidservant to the upper-class.

      Poverty was John Calabria´s mistress right from his birth. After his father’s death (1886), he had to interrupt his 4th year of Elementary School in order to find a job.

     The Rector of San Lorenzo, Fr.  Pietro Scapini,  noticing his desire to become a Priest, prepared him privately for the entrance examination to the Lyceum at the Seminary.

     His studies were once again interrupted by a two-year military service. In September of 1896 he returned to the seminary.

     A very meaningful episode happened in November of 1897, late in the evening. Upon reaching the entrance gate he saw some rags on the ground and knelt down… among the rags was a boy.  It was the prelude of his work with orphaned and abandoned boys.

John became a Deacon on March 23, 1901 and was ordained priest on August 11 of the same year. After his ordination Fr. John was appointed confessor of the seminary and assistant at St. Stephen’s Church. In 1907, he became the Rector of St Benedetto del Monte.  

     On November 26th 1907 Fr. John Calabria founded the first “Casa Buoni Fanciulli” with six boys. Gradually the number of the boys increased and that made them move to San Zeno in Monte in November of 1908 which became the Mother House of the Congregation until today.  It was in 1910 that a new branch sprouted for Sisters with the same charism, spirituality and aim and bore the name Poor Servants of Divine Providence Sisters.

     Fr. Calabria entrusted the two Congregations to the same mission the Lord had inspired him since his early priesthood: which is that of seeking first and foremost the Kingdom of God and His justice.” (Mt. 6, 25-34). Afterwards both Congregations spread progressively to various countries.

     He died on December 4th 1954.

     Pope John Paul II beatified Fr. Calabria on April 17th 1988 and the Canonization took place in Rome on April 18th 1999.

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