Chiara Lubich always saw Pasquale Foresi as someone with a particular design in the development of the Movement: the design of incarnating the charism of unity in concrete ways. And for this reason, she considered him, together with Giordani, a co-founder of the Movement.
In 1949, when he met Chiara and the Movement, Pasquale Foresi was a young man in search of something. He felt called to the priesthood and attended the Seminary in Pistoia, Italy, and the Collegio Capranica in Rome. He recalls: “I was happy, satisfied with my choice. At a certain moment, though, I had not a crisis of faith, but merely second thoughts (. . .) I began to doubt that I could go in the direction of the priesthood with this problem in my heart, and I suspended my studies, at least for the moment. It was during this time that I came to know the Focolare Movement (. . .) In the members of the Movement, I noted an absolute faith in the Catholic Church and, at the same time, a radically Gospel lifestyle. This made me realize that my place was here and soon the idea of the priesthood returned to me again.”