Developing the Work of Mary
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December 7, 19443 is considered the day of the Focolare Movement’s birth, because on that day Chiara Lubich “married God” by consecrating herself to Him forever.

But the Focolare foundress had also been known to say that another date for celebrating the Movement’s birth was her October 1939 visit to Loreto where, according to a tradition, the house of Nazareth is preserved. The family atmosphere that was lived in that family was a “calling” for Chiara; a calling to silently relive the family of Nazareth, the greatest mystery in history, the life of God amongst His people.

Many exceptional discoveries followed upon that moment. But Chiara was never alone in these discoveries: Natalia Dallapiccola, Giosi Guella, Marilen Holzhauser, Graziella De Luca, Vale e Angelella Ronchetti, Dori Zamboni, Gis e Ginetta Calliari, Silvana Veronesi, Lia Brunet, Palmira Frizzera, Bruna Tomasi . . . and a few years later, Marco Tecilla, Aldo Stedile, Antonio Petrilli, Enzo M. Fondi, Pasquale Foresi, Giulio Marchesi, Piero Pasolini, Oreste Basso, Vittorio Sabbione . . . these were the first of many other who would follow Chiara. The personal lives of these men and women who followed the path opened by Chiara show how necessary each of them was to God’s plan in bringing about the Movement and its structures, as the charism took flesh. It couldn’t have happened in any other way for a charism characterized by a unity that is an expression of life of the Trinity. These companions were people from very diverse backgrounds and professions, all guided by the same voice to place their talents at the service of others.

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Oreste Basso: a Focolarino with a sense of humour
Monday, April 15, 2013 |
The funeral of Oreste Basso, focolarino and priest, was held at Rocca di Papa in the presence of hundreds of people as well as telecast live via internet. A huge number of testimonies, messages and thanks arrived from all over the world including the Vatican Secretary of State.
Oreste Basso: a life spent turning the world into a family
Sunday, April 14, 2013 |
On the night of 14 April, Oreste Basso left this world. He was among the first focolarini who were with Chiara Lubich in the development and spread of the Focolare Movement. We remember his cheeky smile and the perpetual twinkle in his eyes, but most of all we remember the warmth of his welcome.
Ginetta Calliari
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 |
The closing phase of the beatification process for Ginetta Calliari was held on March 8, 2013 in San Paulo, Brazil. (5th October 1918- 8th March 2001)