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The Servites also known as the Annunziata first religious order of this kind was instituted in 1232 by seven Florentine merchants. These are also called , i.e. servants.
The Annunciates of Lombardy also known as the Ambrosians, the Sisters of St. Ambrose, or the Sisters of St. Marcellina, were organized at Pavia in 1408 by young women from Venice and Pavia, under the direction of Father Beccaria, O.S.B., for the care of the sick.
The Celestian Annunciades was also a convent of sisters, founded by in Genoa by Bl. Maria Vittoria Fornari (b. 1562; d. 15 December 1617) in 1602.
The Order of the Most Holy Annunciation was a military order instituted in 1350, by Amadeus, duke of Savoy. It was at first called the Order of the True Lover's Knots, in memory of a bracelet of hair presented to the founder by a Lady, but upon the election of Amadeus VIII to the pontificate in 1439, it changed its name for that of the Annunciation of the angel Gabriel.
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