Indianapolis Community Retreat

On Saturday, November 12th, members of the Midwest Region of the Focolare Movement met in Indianapolis at the Indiana Interchurch Center. A close-knit group of 50 members including Muslim community members shared this important day together.

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Thanksgiving Feast Enjoyed by People of Many Nationalities

Thanksgiving Feast Enjoyed by People of Many Nationalities

After emigrating to the US, newcomers may not be familiar with customs involving Thanksgiving and turkey.  To help a recently arrived Congolese family enjoy these new traditions, people from the Chicago area Focolare Centers prepared a typical holiday buffet for them.

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Chicago Community Retreat

Chicago Community Retreat

Many from the Detroit, Appleton, Indianapolis, and St. Louis Focolare communities joined the Chicago community to share a day of exploring experiences and future plans, while embarking on this year’s theme, Jesus Forsaken – Key to Unity: Window to God, Window to Humanity

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Children and the real Christmas story

Children and the real Christmas story

“Jesus is the greatest gift of all”: with this spirit, thousands of children throughout the world remind us that “Jesus has been dislodged,” and invite us to make him once again the focus of Christmas. In St. Peter’s Square on 20 December, there will be a Children’s Jubilee with the blessing of their statues of Baby Jesus.

Joelma and the Wall of Tiles

Joelma and the Wall of Tiles

An exhibition held in support of victims in war-torn countries. It consists of a wall composed of handmade tiles which can be lifted off and taken home. Joelma Regis, the project creator, explains: “We are all connected and together we can help tear down the walls of indifference in our everyday lives.”

We have a dream, hope in Atlanta

We have a dream, hope in Atlanta

Small but constant steps towards giving our typical contribution—unity—where division due to racial tensions pose a continual challenge. The experience of the local Focolare community.

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2016 Luminosa Award to Sikh Leader

2016 Luminosa Award to Sikh Leader

Conferred on Dr Butalia from Ohio State University for his commitment to peace-building and dialogue. The award spotlights people who are dedicated to building bridges of unity

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WYD – JASNA Experiences

WYD – JASNA Experiences

Teenagers and young adults, who traveled to Poland and Slovakia for World Youth Day and the Jasna Youth School, spent time praying, praising God, and immersing themselves in a crowd of their peers. This experience was a true pilgrimage experience in the sense that many such sacrifices were made, from walking for hours, to spending a day or night completely drenched from pouring rain; from waiting for hours for a bus that never came, to taking cold showers, etc… But these experiences created solidarity and a supernatural atmosphere among the Midwest Focolare youth.

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