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The Lay Congregation of the Immaculate Conception was founded in 1685 and now has its seat in the Church of San Michele. It was granted unreserved use of the church on 10 June 1817 by King Ferdinand I of Naples.

The church is one of the Congregation's major commitments, providing entirely for its preservation and maintenance.

The Congregation is also involved in the following activities:

  • Organising the novena (29 November - 8 December of each year)
  • Organising festivities for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December)
  • Promoting constant devotion to the Virgin Mary
  • The celebration of the Presentation in the Temple on 2 February, known locally as the Festa della Candelora
  • Visits and vigils for its deceased members, and Holy Masses for their intentions
  • The provision of assistance to the families of the terminally ill

The Congregation is developing links with similar associations elsewhere to promote its religious and social activities.

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