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San Giuseppe a Tor de’ Cenci

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San Giuseppe a Tor de’ Cenci is a 20th century convent and public chapel located at Via Santi Savarino 50. This is in the Tor de' Cenci suburban zone.

The convent is named after St Joseph, but the Diocese seems to regard the dedication as informal.

History Edit

The convent was founded by the Suore Maestre di Santa Dorotea di Santa Paola Frassinetti in Tor de’ Cenci, which is the southern limit of the suburban built-up area on the Via Pontina. The buildings look late Sixties, and apparently housed a school. The importance of this chapel lies in the fact that it was the first Mass centre in the developing suburb. The parish church was some distance away, being the present Sant’Andrea Apostolo in Castel di Decima.

However, in 1995 the new parish church of Gesù Divin Salvatore was built fairly close by. The chapel is still a public Mass centre for the time being, but it remains to be seen if this continues.

The school was closed down some years ago, and the Diocese lists only one sister permanently resident here.

Appearance Edit

Look for a gateway with a pair of stone pineapple finials. The latter is the only architectural item of interest -the complex is very boring modernist architecture. The chapel has no separate identity.

Liturgy Edit

The parish website advises that Mass is celebrated here at 8:00 on Sundays and Solemnities (8:30 from the second Sunday in June to that in September).

The Diocese advertises a weekday Mass at 7:30, but the parish does not and this facility might have been withdrawn.

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