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How is born Radio Sì?

RADIO SI is born from the belief that growing young people have the need to communicate: who they are, what they feel, what they experience, and even messages of great significance: the desire to grow, the desire for truth.

Our commitment as educators is to provide this space.

The radio is called RADIO SI, an affirmative adverb because it means the utmost adherence to a project, to a demand. Therefore, SI wants to remind us of how a young person could respond to our question, or perhaps SI is the “Yes” of the Virgin Mary who, faced with a project larger than herself but which was the project of humanity and salvation, said: “Yes, let Your will be done!”

la storia di radio si, la radio dei concettini creata per i giovani e gli adolescenti

The radio activity was born during difficult times such as the Covid period, along with other proposed activities as an educating community. All activities aimed to engage young people to pass the time without dwelling on the fact that they couldn’t return home and embrace their parents. The radio aims to embrace other communities scattered around the world that deal with minors and education.

The History of Conceptionist

“In the 19th century, against the prevailing agnosticism, the Holy Spirit stirred exceptional men and women, endowed with the charisma of ‘assistance’ and ‘hospitality,’ so that the love for one’s neighbor could still convince the skeptical and positivist man to believe in God-Love. In this assembly of faithful, filled with the Holy Spirit, Luigi Monti, blessed with charity, is venerated, having witnessed love for one’s neighbor in the sign of the Woman who knew no sin, a symbol of liberation from all evil: the Immaculate.

Luigi Monti, a lay religious called ‘father’ out of veneration by his disciples, was born in Bovisio, diocese of Milan, on July 24, 1825, the eighth of eleven children. Orphaned of his father at the age of 12, he became a woodworker to support his mother and younger siblings. A passionate youth, he gathered many peers, craftsmen, and farmers in his workshop to create an evening oratory. The group took the name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Company, but the people of Bovisio called it ‘The Company of the Friars.’

They stood out for their austere life, dedication to the sick and the poor, and zeal to evangelize the distant. Luigi, the group’s leader, at the age of 21 in 1846, consecrated himself to God by taking vows of chastity and obedience in the hands of his spiritual father. He was a faithful layman consecrated in the Church of God without a convent, without a habit. However, not everyone understood the gifts that the Spirit had infused in Luigi Monti. In fact, some people in the town, along with the parish priest, launched a subtle but overt opposition that culminated in a slanderous accusation of political conspiracy against the Austrian occupying authority. Despite the atmosphere of suspicion prevailing in Lombardy-Veneto in 1851, Luigi Monti and his companions were released during the investigation, but after 72 days of imprisonment.

Obedient to his spiritual father, he joined the Sons of Mary Immaculate, a congregation founded by Blessed Ludovico Pavoni only 5 years earlier. He remained there as a novice for six years. This time was a period of transition for Luigi Monti, during which he fell in love with Pavoni’s constitutions, gained experience as an educator, and learned the theory and practice of the nursing profession, which he served to the community and those affected by the cholera epidemic in 1855 in Brescia, voluntarily isolating himself in the local lazaretto.

At the age of 32, Luigi Monti was still searching for the concrete realization of his consecration. In a letter from 1896, four years before the end of his life, he recalled the night of the spirit during this period:

‘I spent hours before Jesus in the Sacrament, but they were all hours without a drop of heavenly dew; my heart remained dry, cold, and insensitive. I was about to give up everything when, in my room, I heard a clear and distinct inner voice saying, “Luigi, go to the choir of the church and expose your tribulations to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament again.” I listened to the inspiration and hurried to follow it. I knelt down, and after not much time — marvel! — I saw two figures in human form. I knew them. It was Jesus with His Blessed Mother, who approached me and, in a loud voice, said, “Luigi, you will have much more to suffer; you will encounter other greater and various struggles. Stand firm; you will emerge victorious from everything; our powerful help will never fail you. Continue the path you began.” They said this and disappeared.’

Inspired by the testimony of charity from Saint Crucified of Rosa, Father Luigi Dossi, proposed to Monti the idea of establishing a ‘Congregation for the service of the sick’ in Rome. Luigi Monti accepted and suggested calling it the ‘Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception.’ The idea was shared by several friends from the time of the ‘Company’ and by a very enthusiastic young expert nurse, Cipriano Pezzini. Establishing a foundation in the shadow of the Cupolone (the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica) was not an easy task, especially in one of Europe’s most famous hospitals: Santo Spirito Hospital. In the meantime, the Capuchin chaplains of that famous hospital initiated an association of Franciscan tertiaries for the bodily assistance of the sick. When Luigi Monti arrived in Rome in 1858, he found a reality different from what he and his friend Pezzini had planned, who had preceded him to negotiate with the Commendatore, the highest authority of the hospital.”

“He understood that, at that moment, God wanted him to be ‘Brother Luigi from Milan,’ a nurse at Santo Spirito Hospital, and humbly requested to be included. Initially assigned to all the services reserved today for auxiliary healthcare staff, he later performed specific interventions related to the duties of a phlebotomist, as described in the diploma granted to him by the University La Sapienza of Rome.

In 1877, by unanimous designation of his confreres, Pius IX appointed him head of ‘his’ Congregation, a position he held for twenty-three years until his death. Pius IX had favored the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception from its inception, both for his great desire to see the sick in Roman hospitals well cared for and because they bore the name of the Immaculate.

Placed at the head of ‘his’ family, Luigi Monti prepared a code of life reflecting the experiences through which the Spirit of God had led him. Through his guidance, the community of Santo Spirito lived the ‘apostolic vivendi forma’ of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception. Nourished by the Eucharist and meditation on the privilege of the ‘All Pure,’ the Brothers dedicated themselves to assistance heroically. In mass shelters during malaria or typhoid epidemics or following wartime incidents, the Brothers did not hesitate to spontaneously offer even their mattresses. They declared themselves available to assist patients with all forms of illness, wherever they were sent. Luigi Monti established other small communities in the upper Lazio region, where he had previously worked as a hospital worker with various roles and as a traveling nurse for the scattered farmhouses around Orte (VT).

One day (in 1882), he received a visit at Santo Spirito from a Carthusian monk who claimed to have been inspired by the Immaculate Virgin to present himself. He came from Desio (Milan). The Carthusian presented him with a compassionate case: four orphans, the children of his recently deceased widowed brother, the oldest of whom was eleven.

A sign of the Spirit of God, and Luigi Monti expanded the assistance work to minors, orphans of both parents. For them, he opened a welcoming house in Saronno. His fundamental pedagogical principle was based on the educator’s fatherhood. The orphan had to find in the religious community a new family to ‘live the day together,’ to create together the prospects for integration into society with human and Christian training as the basis for all vocations: to the family, to the state of special consecration, and to the ministerial priesthood.

Luigi Monti, a consecrated layman, conceived the community of ‘Brothers’ as non-priests and priests with equal rights and duties, where the most suitable brother had to be elected as the community’s superior. Death caught up with him in Saronno, weakened, almost blind, at the age of 75 in 1900. His project had not yet received ecclesiastical approval. However, Saint Pius X, in 1904, approved the new community model envisioned by the founder, granting ministerial priesthood as an essential complement to carry out an apostolic mission directed to the whole person, both in the service of the sick and in the reception of marginalized youth.

In 1941, Blessed Ildefonso Schuster, Archbishop of Milan, opened the informative process, which lasted until 1951. In 2001, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the decree on the heroism of virtues, and in 2003, the decree defining the miraculous healing that occurred in 1961 in Bosa (Sardinia) of the farmer Giovanni Luigi Iecle. To this day, the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate is spread worldwide, manifesting in charitable works the charisma of paternal welcome and professional assistance performed with utmost dedication by the founder Luigi Monti.

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 9, 2003. The date of commemoration indicated in the Roman Martyrology is October 1. The Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception and the diocese of Milan remember him on September 22.”


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