History of Merici

A small group of parents met in the Summer of 2005 to discuss the development of a residential program for their adult children with developmental disabilities to discuss the question of  “Who will provide if I no longer can?”

The desire to have individuals and families come together as a community to support one another is our focus. 

The Village of Merici obtained  IRS 501 (c)(3) determination effective November 5 , 2007  as a public charity. The Village of Merici is a nondenominational organization who welcomes all.

Who was Angela Merici


Angela Merici, daughter of a pious, middle class farm family, was born in Desenzano, Italy, around 1474. Living most of her life in Brescia, a city in northern Italy, Angela became well known for her ministry of service to the marginalized:the displaced, the poor, the orphaned, the sick.

One of her quotes that stood out to us and spoke to us is, “If according to times and needs you should be obliged to make fresh rules and change current things, do it with prudence and good advice .”

In her Footsteps: Take a look around you. Instead of just driving or walking without paying attention today,open your eyes to the needs you see along the way.

  • What people do you notice who need help but who are not being helped
  •  What are their true needs?
  • Make a commitment to help them in some way.