Focolare Little Town
The Focolare Movement in Oceania
In 1967, Rita Muccio, an Italian focolarina, moved from New York to Melbourne for work reasons: in this way the Focolare silently started its development in Australia. A few months later the first focolare centre was opened.
The Ideal of unity penetrated among families, priests, and associations. Straight away the focolarini began travelling in order to meet the people who had had some contact with the charism of unity: already in 1969 they went to New Zealand where the focolare was later opened in 1981 with the support of Cardinal Thomas Williams; in 1973 to Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra; in 1974 to Tasmania; in 1976 to Wallis and Futuna, two small islands of the Polynesian Archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.