Foundation Rosa Mystica -Fontanelle

On 22nd January 2014 in front of a notary in Bedizzole,  a long path came to an end. The path began in September 2013 together with the members of the Association Rosa Mystica Fontanelle and its aim was the establishment of a new legal reality, both in the civil and canonical order, which could take over the management of the moveable and immovable property  accumulated in the last decades near the place  of worship at  Fontanelle in Montichiari.

In this regard, following the indications of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and for making ever more evident the connection with the diocesan ecclesiastical authority,  the civil Association Rosa Mystica Fontanelle has been transformed into a civil Foundation, by modifying adequately  its Statute and the governing bodies;  at the same time, this new Foundation has been recognized also within the canonical order, by means of a special  Episcopal decree,  as a Foundation for Cult and Religion, under the supervision and custody of the Bishop of  Brescia. As a consequence, all the assets of the previous Association have been transferred  and registered in the name of the new Foundation, who has the same name of the ceased Association, that is, Foundation Rosa Mystica Fontanelle.

The aims and activities of the Foundation, separate from the direct management of cult and liturgy, entrusted to an Episcopal delegate according to the indications given by a special Directory approved in 2013, can be synthetically outlined as follows: in a spirit of cooperation with the priests taking care of the worship,  make all the necessary to give all pilgrims a dignified reception; grant that the worship can take place in a spirit of prayer, sacrifice and penitence; arrange suitable measures in order to prevent behaviours or actions against the public order and in the respect of the place and the persons; proceed with the storage and study of the devotional facts and testimonials which have made and make nowadays Località Fontanelle a place of Marian worship and prayer, recognizing that each final judgement in this regard is of exclusive competence of the Church, according to the canonical right and its Magistery; protect, without profit, the  existing environmental features and intended use of the place called ‘Fontanelle’.

The appointment of all the members of the governing bodies of the Foundation, in compliance with the Statute in force, is under the competence of the Bishop of Brescia; for the first two mandates, in these bodies will be granted a  fair representation of members who were part of the Governing Council of the  ceased civil Association, as a tangible sign of gratitude for the work done by a lot of them in these last years, in service of  Fontanelle in Montichiari.

The aim of this further and important step, carried out for a common desire of clearness, it is not only formal and legal, although much needed:  it is that of expressing even more clearly an attitude of trust and cooperation among the people involved, so that the service offered to the faithful reaching Fontanelle could concretely show the features of the ecclesiastical communion.

The Episcopal Delegate , Mons. Marco Alba


Decree on the constitution of the diocesan shrine
in Fontanelle di MONTICHIARI


Having acknowledged that the places and structures in our Diocese of Brescia in the Fontanelle area, in the territory of the parish of Santa Maria Immacolata in Borgosotto di Montichiari (BS), have become in recent decades an important spiritual reference point and a place of pilgrimage for thousands of faithful from Italy and abroad.

Considering that the historical origin of this imposing phenomenon of prayer and veneration towards the holy Mother of the Lord – invoked here as “Rosa Mystica – Mother of the Church” – is linked in a way that is not secondary to the spiritual experience of Pierina Gilli (1911-1991).

Noting that the historical origin of this phenomenon and its subsequent developments are currently the subject of a renewed phase of study and discernment on the part of the ecclesiastical authority, also in order to better understand if and how, in the present, it may favor and increase the Christian life of pilgrims, and considering its convinced affinity to the Church and the sharing of its evangelizing mission under the protection and inspiration of the One who has always been exalted for Her immaculate holiness, Her closeness to God and to men, and Her maternal mediation;

Considering that since 2001 my esteemed Predecessors, in strict agreement with the indications of the competent organs of the Apostolic See, constantly reaffirmed the importance of welcoming and recognizing the exercise of public worship in the aforementioned places, moderating it through the promulgation of special diocesan directories; 

Considering the importance of recognizing also on the canonical level the missionary potential of these sacred places, in order to consolidate, strengthen and increase the numerous spiritual fruits germinated here over time, as well as to offer the dutiful and ecclesial pastoral care of the pilgrims, especially through conscious, active and fruitful celebrations of the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist, in view of a life and a baptismal testimony that are more adherent of the demands of the Gospel and of fraternal love;

Considering canons 1230-1234 of the C.I.C., of my ordinary authority,




The approval of a new Statute of the new Sanctuary and the appointment of the Rector will be provided as soon as possible.


Effectuated in Brescia on December 7, 2019
At the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Place of Devotion

The places of devotion of Rosa Mystica in Montichiari. The old hospital, the Cathedral, Fontenelle, Pierina Gilli’s home, Pierina Gilli’s grave

Cathedral of Montichiari

The Cathedral of Montichiari is an estimable work of the Lombard eighteenth century .

Rich in history and art, dedicated to the Lady of the Assumption, it would have been the place of the presumed apparitions of  Rosa Mystica for four times in  1947, the most important on 8th December, feast of the Immaculate Conception, when the devotion of the Hour of Grace would have been asked.

The cathedral became an Abbey thanks to Pope Paolo VI, and represents one of the fundamental places for the development of the pity and faith of the town. Attracted by its beauty, by the charm of its harmonic architecture, by the several works of art and, above all, by the wooden statue of  Mary Rosa Mystica, engraved  on his  knees by the artist Perathoner from Upper Adige. The Virgin Mary descends the staircase strewn with roses, symbol of the graces She spread on the faithful.

In the heart of the historical centre, the cathedral is in an optimal position to be reached.

Duomo di Montichiari


Fontanelle is a place in open country, three kilometres far from  Montichiari. Its name comes from the  little springs  which flow in this place.

Thanks to the intervention of the Diocese of Brescia and to the commitment of many lay volunteers, Fontanelle became a place of worship and Marian devotion, where the pilgrims can restore their souls and meet the God’s Grace.

Località Fontanelle


The events occurred in the Cathedral of Montichiari and in Fontanelle, and the messages witnessed by Pierina Gilli are currently to be considered as a pure personal experience..

History and places of worship

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Prior Considerations

After some ecclesiastical investigations into the events and the messages she witnessed,  with the decree dated 1st July 2013 the Bishop of Brescia once again confirmed the  substantial negative judgement  of the Church. See the Decree

Therefore, what is here reported  for information purposes only, remains under the sole examination of the Ecclesiastical Authority, without misleading the faithful into thinking that the judgement of the Church in relation to the events occurred had been modified in a positive way  by the Holy See.

Pierina Gilli

Pierina was born in Montichiari on 3rd August 1911, first of nine sons, in a humble family of farmers. She grew devoted to family, work and prayer, bearing with patience the poverty and the weak health.  Her father’s death intensified her sufferings and forced her to enter the orphanage in  Montichiari, run by the Sisters of the Handmaids of Charity.

Even if soon she matured a vocational thought, her desire of entering the religious institute founded by Crocifissa di Rosa never came true, due to the continuous delays caused by sudden illnesses and severe misunderstandings.

When she was about 30 years old, suddenly  Pierina Gilli became protagonist of deep spiritual experiences connected to the devotion to Mary Rosa Mystica, who at present is known all over the world, and in this faithful witnessing she received her definitive Cross, made of other several physical and moral sufferings.

Facts from 1946 until  1947

In the night between 23rd and 24th November 1946 – when her suffering reached her culmination due to a serious illness- Pierina had the grace to understand in depth the spiritual experience of Maria Crocifissa di Rosa, the blessed foundress of the Sisters of the Handmaids of Charity and her particular preference for the suffering.

Through the immersion in the spirituality of Maria Crocifissa di Rosa, Pierina understood she had to dedicate her life to the Virgin Mary, offering in particular “prayers, sacrifices and sufferings” to repair the sins of three categories of souls consecrated to God: the religious souls who betray their vocation; the religious souls in mortal sin; the souls of priests who betrayed becoming unworthy of their sacred ministry. Furthermore, Pierina understood she had to contribute to the sanctification of the priests through prayer, sacrifice and penitence of the faithful.

On 13th July 1947, during the night prayer together with the Sisters hosting her, Pierina had the intuition of the image of the Virgin Mary, dressed in white, with three roses on Her breast: the white rose would have indicated the spirit of prayer, the red one the spirit of sacrifice and the yellow one, with golden reflections, the spirit of penitence. In that circumstance Pierina had the intuition that the 13th of each month, a day of Marian prayer with a special solemnity had to be celebrated.

In the following months, Pierina continued to deepen her intuitions in the light of Fatima’s spirituality. On occasion of the solemnity of the Immaculate, on 8th December 1947, she understood that great spiritual fruits could come out from the celebration of what she called “hour of grace, penitence and prayer” in favour of conversions, especially for the religious souls.

During that very day, on 8th December 1947, in Cathedral of Montichiari, Pierina understood she had to dedicate herself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, founding her own spirituality on the Marian title of “Rosa Mystica”.

Facts from 1947 until1966

Due to the persisting Pierina’s fragile state of health, a group of charitable persons took care of the lodging of her and, at last, she was temporarily accommodated at the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Lily in Brescia on 20th May 1949. This temporariness lasted 19 years, during which Pierina deepened her Marian spirituality with particular attention to the devotion in the sanctuary of Lourdes, to the sick and to the intuitions had in 1947, with reference to Mary, Rosa Mystica.

This sensibility will lead her to find in Fontanelle a place suitable for developing initiatives of reception and prayers for the sick, to be dedicated to Mary, Rosa Mystica. On 17th April 1966, the first Sunday after Easter, called in albis, Pierina has the intuition to invite all the sick to go to the miraculous spring to receive mercy and consolation.

On 13th May 1966 Pierina thought that the source could be called “Spring of Grace” and to build a basin to receive the sick.

During the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, on 9th June 1966, in the fields of mature wheat, Pierina had the intuition of the deep connection between the Marian spirituality and the Eucharist: the Eucharistic Bread was nourishment for so many repairing Communions.

In the following Solemnity of the Transfiguration, on 6th August 1966, Pierina had the intuition that on 13th October the world-wide day of the Repairing Communion could be celebrated.

Last years

Pierina lived humble in her daily life and, even obeying always at the Ecclesiastical provisions, she remained a reference point for the more and more pilgrims arriving in Montichiari attracted by devotion to the Virgin Mary. Pierina welcomed them patiently in her small house near the new hospital, ready to intercede in favour of the persons who asked her prayers. She gave consolation and advices to many of them, and prepared a lot of hearts to conversion.

Pierina helped in particular the sick, for many years, until 1990 when her illness got worse and she was forced to remain on a wheelchair.

On 12th January 1991, Pierina died after a long purification of body and spirit. In the presence of a large crowd of faithful, arrived for the final farewell, her funeral was celebrated. She was accompanied outside the Church until the cemetery, where she is still buried, with the sweet words: «Oh Mary, our hope, you help us and think of us…». The same words that the little nurse assistant had dared to sing on 8th December 1947 at 12 o’clock, illuminated by Rosa Mystica, in the big Cathedral of Montichiari.