A voice for peace after the tragic events at Ohio State University

A voice for peace after the tragic events at Ohio State University

Dr. Butalia, recipient of the 2016 Luminosa Award for Unity, sent us the following statement after the tragic events at Ohio State University, where he works. Thank you Dr. Butalia for your untiring work for peace even in the midst of so much pain.
What happened at The Ohio State University (OSU) today was horrendous. Let […]

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Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia received the 2016 Luminosa Award for Unity for his commitment to peace-building and dialogue

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia received the 2016 Luminosa Award for Unity for his commitment to peace-building and dialogue

“Unity, dialogue, communion” – these three words describe the heart of the mission of the Focolare, and these three words sum up the commitment  of  Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia, a faculty member at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Therefore, his nomination for the 2016 Luminosa Award, was a perfect match, as several speakers mentioned […]

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Solidarity with the people in Syria

Solidarity with the people in Syria

As every year, the Christmas Dinner at Luminosa was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the season. Everybody enjoyed the caroling, the games, the food, and above all the special family atmosphere of Christmas.
This year though, there was an additional reason for rejoicing, the fact that the proceeds from the dinner would have […]

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Nativity Scenes Display

Nativity Scenes Display

What will you find when you visit the Nativity Scenes in Luminosa?
Yes, there will be cresches from all over the world and that alone is worth the visit. But there is much more. 
A hand-quilted patchwork of the holy family. 
German crystal figurines. 
Christmas bread from Slovenia baked traditionally on Christmas in the shape of a cresche. 
An opportunity […]

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Earth, Faith and Peace: How religions can work together to care for the environment

Earth, Faith and Peace: How religions can work together to care for the environment

Twenty-nine young people from five different religions and several Christian denominations came together for an interreligious youth teach-in at the end of July at Mariapolis Luminosa. Co-sponsored by Religions for Peace USA, EcoOne (a Focolare environment group) and the Focolare Center for Education in Dialogue, the conference “Earth- Faith-Peace 2015” occurred just a few weeks […]

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2015 Mariapolis – Dialogue as a lifestyle

2015 Mariapolis – Dialogue as a lifestyle

From the 27th to the 29th of June Luminosa hosted a Mariapolis program entitled Discovering God in Today’s World, which was attended by 380 people mainly from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The program included presentations and experiences of the spirituality of unity in everyday life, as well as moments of prayer, recollection and […]

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Thank you Fr. Foresi

Thank you Fr. Foresi

Pasquale Foresi – more familiarly known as Chiaretto – the first focolarino priest and co-founder of the Focolare Movement, died on 14th June. Our memories of him are full of affection and gratitude.
He was a key figure in the history of the Focolare. In fact Chiara always saw Pasquale Foresi as someone with a unique […]

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Rabbi Silvina Chemen and Francisco Canzani visit Center for Education in Dialogue office

Rabbi Silvina Chemen and Francisco Canzani visit Center for Education in Dialogue office

Rabbi Silvina Chemen and Francisco Canzani recently visited the Focolare Center for Education in Dialogue office at Mariapolis Luminosa.
They took time from their busy schedule during their one week stay in New York City to visit Mariapolis Luminosa and become familiar with the interfaith work done through the Center.
New City Press, which offices they also […]

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

On January 18th 2015 the Hyde Park Association of Churches, in observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, sponsored an ecumenical prayer service held at Mariapolis Luminosa.
The week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed every year, is promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order […]

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