A Little History of Our Convent

The Foundation - 1481

The Sieur Giovan Paolo de Leca founded, in 1481, the Convent at a place called "Paratella", located 500m east of the hamlet of Nesa, territory of Vico. Culminating at 410m altitude, this nipple, advanced north-east flank of the mountain "La Cuma", is located on the same contour as the agglomeration of Vico ...

From 1481 to 1515, date the death of Giovan Paolo in Rome

The son of Giovan Paolo, Vincente, is a priest and canon of Ajaccio cathedral ... If Giovan Paolo favored the Convent, he was able to do so only during the first five years after its foundation. From 1486, the political worries and the military reverses will persecute on the lord entered the war against the Office of Saint Georges ...

The Italian Convent (1627-1789)

1627: the construction of the new Convent begins

     Fra Paolo Olivesi, provincial from 1662 to 1665, mentioned in the "Raguali della provincia minore osservante di Corsica", published in 1671, the destruction of the old Convent in 1627 and the beginning of the reconstruction ...

1710: The conventual church of St. Francis, completed before 1710

During the reconstruction of the Convent, the liturgical life in the church seems to have never been interrupted ...

1710 - 1785: the second wing

the convent church of Vico knew early transformations and embellishments and around 1710 began a new construction: the construction of a second wing perpendicular to that of the seventeenth century ...

The closing of the Convent (1789-1828)

During these good hours, the Convent housed a dozen brothers. In 1770, he counted 13 including 7 brother priests. What about in 1789? The documentation remains silent ... On December 14, 1826, an inventory of the movable objects is drawn up, before their auction, in the presence of the Sieurs Simon Antonni (said Padre Simonellu) and Antoine Leca, "former religious". These seem to have been the last occupants of the Convent ...

Acquisition of the "former Saint Francis Convent" of Vico by Monsignor Casanelli d'Istria and installation of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

To save from ruin the old establishment of the Friars Minor of Vico, with which the family of Mgr Casanelli had maintained privileged relations, and to remake a high-place of spiritual life ... On July 4, 1836, the reverend fathers Albini and Telmon, taking advantage of the seminarians' holidays, went to the Convent of Vico ... to take possession of the places ...

Until today

The Convent is inhabited by the community of Oblates of Mary Immaculate and is led by a team of laity ...