Alba: A Park in Memory of Thecla Merlo


The Town Council of Alba is planning to name a little park (officially called a “Green Area”) on Corso Europa (Europe Drive) after Sr. Tecla Merlo, widely regarded as an illustrious local personage, in remembrance of the significant role she played in the town’s history. The memorial is Alba’s homage to a person who made an important contribution to the town’s spiritual and civic growth.

The park, which is located not far from Corso Piave, was chosen because of its proximity to the community of the Daughters of St. Paul and the Church of the Divine Master. In explaining why it decided to confer this honor on Sr. Thecla Merlo, Alba’s Toponymy (name-assigning) Commission said that she was “the silent protagonist of an unprecedented adventure in the history of the Church” because of “the extraordinary role of mediation she carried out at the side of Fr. James Alberione, founder of the Daughters of St. Paul and of the whole the Pauline family.”

The memorial plaque will bear the inscription: Green Area dedicated to Sr. Thecla Merlo (1894-1964), Co-Foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul.