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New Jersey Sister to Lead Global Community of Women Religious


MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Sr. Ascenza Tizzano, MPF is far from home and already at work in her new role as General Superior of the Religious Teachers Filippini, an order of more than 500 religious sisters worldwide. Tizzano most recently served as Provincial Superior for St. Lucy Province, leading the efforts and ministry of Filippini Sisters throughout the United States. Now her world is much larger encompassing convents, missions, and schools in eight countries.

“God has a way of keeping us humble, ” remarked Tizzano before leaving for her new home in Rome. “I pray I can meet the challenges to lead our global community in demanding times, but accept this call of the community in trust that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide me in making a difference.”

Tizzano, who will now answer to the name Mother General, was born in Cleveland and entered formation with the Filippini Sisters at a young age. After what seems a lifetime of service in convents and schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she looks back fondly.

“Twice I was called to lead our U.S. province and twice I accepted the call,” Tizzano recalls. “The years spent as teacher and principal were very rewarding. I never expected my life to move in any other direction, particularly in the Province’s leadership positions. One never aspires to these daunting roles.”

Tizzano served as teacher and administrator in Catholic schools throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, living her Order’s mission to regard the ministry of the Christian education of youth and adults, especially women, as principal duty. In 2001, she was elected Provincial Superior for a six-year term; then served in the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ as Delegate for Religious. In 2013, she returned to the role of Provincial Superior until her election to General Superior this summer.

Tizzano will serve a six-year term in Rome.

About the Religious Teachers Filippini

The Religious Teachers Filippini was founded by Saint Lucy Filippini, and Cardinal Mark Anthony Barbarigo in 1692 in Italy to promote the Christian education of youth, dignity of womanhood, and a healthy family life.

The Sisters continue to regard the ministry of the Christian education of youth and adults, especially women, as their principal duty. They proclaim the Good News of Christ, in order that the power of the Gospel message may transform the human person from within and so renew the family and society. The Filippini Sisters reconcile the duties of consecrated life with the commitments of mission, integrating contemplation and the service of our sisters and brothers in the spirit of docility and gentleness. They move forward “Rooted in Christ; strengthened in faith; overflowing with thankfulness” (Col 2:7) to accomplish the mission entrusted them.

The Religious Teachers Filippini continue the mission of Christ the teacher in many countries: Albania, Brazil, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Italy, and the United States.


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