Luigi Orione is remembered for his commitment to social justice and the service of those in need, a service guided and inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Don Orione began his work with orphans and street children in the city of Tortona in north-west Italy while he was still a student. He was a man of enormous energy and enterprise and by the time of his death in 1940 Don Orione and his followers had established services for the care of elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people all over Italy, as well as in Poland, Brazil, Argentina and Palestine.
Today over a thousand priests and brothers of the Congregation are working in thirty-two countries around the world providing services for more than 200,000 people in a variety of health and social care projects.
In 1972 Father Paul Bidone came to Dublin and with the support of Archbishop Mc Quaid and Dublin City Councity, the Sons of Divine Providence began their charitable work in Ireland, with firstly a Hostel for young men which was later reopened in 2002 to provide extra space for our Day Centre for Senior Citzens which was formly run in the Common Room of Fr. Bidone Court.
In the 1990s Fr. Bindone Court opened, which is an apartment complex for people over 55. More Recently in 2017 in partnership with the Dublin City Council/Dublin Regional Homeless Executive we opend our Family Hub which is short term temporary accommodation for families experiencing Homelessness.
We have further plans to Develop the land at Sarsfield House for Senior Citizens and Social Housing. The work of the Sons of Divine Providence is carried out within the teachings of the Roman Chatholic Church, however, we welcome people of all denominations and none to use our services. We also welcome people of goodwill from all religious, cultural and ethinc background to work with us.