Maria SS Addolorata


The Maria SS Addolorata Society is an organization based at Our Lady of the Rosary Church - San Diego, California.  We are Roman Catholics that believe Mary is the Mother of God. Moreover, because she is our Mother we turn to Her and pray with Her by celebrating and honoring Her. We continue our century old traditions by reflecting on the sorrowful phases of Her earthly life.

 Since 1941, the Lady of Sorrows statue has had Her place on the left side of the altar of Our Lady of Rosary Church. The statue presents the sadness in Her face with tears, and draping black cape indicating sorrow. On special dates, the statue is adorned with a decorated black cape and seven silver swords wedged into Her heart.

 "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." -  (Luke 2:34-35)


 The purpose of the society is to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, Addolorata – “Lady of Sorrows.” The Society exists to foster Her devotion, especially through the annual celebration of Her feast on the third Sunday of September. We celebrate a special Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother, and three days prior to the Sunday Mass, a Triduum (three days) rosary is prayed.

 Our society is cooperating with the other associations of Our Lady of the Rosary Church for the good of the Parish. We work in concert with other societies to organize, provide support, and administer the annual Our Lady of the Rosary Church Festa. Any Catholic parishioner or friend of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish may be a member of the Maria SS Addolorata Society.

 HISTORY – Addolorata Society – San Diego, CA

 The beautiful statue of Mary portrayed as the Addolorata “Lady of Sorrows” made its first entrance into our parish on March 16, 1941. Our Lady of Sorrow statue was commissioned, purchased, and shipped from Sicily in 1939 using funds collected from the Sicilian community in San Diego. The society was originally established by the immigrants of S’Elia, Sicily as they longed to continue their traditions. Additionally, immigrants from Aspra, Sicily have contributed a great deal of leadership, support, and devotion to the success of the society.

 Since that time, the statue has been the inspiration of great devotion and faith. The Madonna Addolorata Society represents over a half a century of devotion, community involvement, and memories for its past and present members, their families, and the Italian/Sicilian community in San Diego. The Lady of Sorrows has been an essential part in the success of Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

 Furthermore, Our Lady of Sorrows is the patron saint of Slovakia; the Congregation of Holy Cross; the village of Mola di Bari and the Molise region of Italy, Brooklyn, NY; the state of Mississippi; and in the Philippines, the cities of Dolores, Quezon; San Andres, Catanduanes; City of San Fernando, Pampanga, and so many other cities throughout the world.


 The Seven Sorrowful events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon over the Infant Jesus. (Luke 2:34)
  2. The Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family. (Matthew 2:13)
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days. (Luke 2:43)
  4. The Meeting of Jesus and Mary along the Way of the Cross. (Luke 23:26)
  5. The Crucifixion, where Mary stands at the foot of the cross. (John 19:25)
  6. The Descent from the Cross, where Mary receives the dead body of Jesus in her arms. (Matthew 27:57)
  7. The Burial of Jesus. (John 19:40)