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History of OLS

We are called to follow in Mary’s footsteps and respond to God’s call to serve others.

This priory was founded around the year 1250 on the very spot where the Seven Holy Founders began their life together. This spot was originally outside the city walls and was known as Cafaggio. Down through the centuries, this priory has been enlarged and embellished. The Priory of Annunciation (Convento Santissima Annunziata) has always been the seat of the Tuscan Province, the Mother province of the Servite Order. Through the centuries, the Arts and the Sciences were encouraged and flourished under the patronage of the friars. The Annunziata has created a parish in 1787 and was created a Minor Basilica in 1805 by Pope Pius VIII. The Annunziata is the Motherhouse of the Servite Order.

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