Now is the time for every people to go beyond its own borders, to look farther – words of the young Chiara Lubich during the Mariapolis of 1959, set in the Italian Dolomite mountains.
That call for unity between nations echoes as strongly today, but it also proposes a challenge for communities, neighbours and families.
How many borders exist around us, and within us – and how can we overcome them?
The Focolare Movement emerged from the crumbled ruins of war-ravaged Italy, sparked by the light of the Gospel lived amongst people of all ages and backgrounds. The Mariapolis began as a summer gathering to rest and reflect together, and it continues to this day in many countries across the world. Open to all people of goodwill, Mariapolis 2018 takes up this theme Beyond all borders.
Taking place in the days just after Easter, Mariapolis 2018 offers the chance to reflect on this journey against the backdrop of Ampleforth Abbey – a centre of prayer and community for centuries. This ‘retreat with a difference’ will also have many opportunities for dialogue, celebration, relaxation and fun!