Mother Gabrielle Marie, BDDW

February 10, 2023

Mother Superior and foundress of the Benedictine Daughters of Divine Will, Mother Gabrielle began her religious life as a Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration in the US. For thirty-three years she worked under the guidance of the late Abbess Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN. During that time she fell in love with the Divine Will writing of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta from a book received from her Grandmother.

In 2009, Mother Gabrielle received a sabbatical during which time she made a retreat at a Benedictine monastery with her friend and spiritual director, Fr. Jacques Daley, OSB.  While on retreat, they felt God placed a call on their hearts to found a new monastic community in Italy dedicated to Eucharistic Adoration and Luisa Piccarreta’s writings on how to live in God’s Most Holy and Divine Will.

In 2011, this became a reality when Msgr. Luigi Negri accepted the Benedictine Daughters of Divine Will in the Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro. The Benedictine Monks followed later under Bishop Andrea Turzaai. In 2016, the family was completed when their bishop gave permission to found the Third Order of Benedictine Oblates of Divine Will.

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