Twenty years from the historic speech of Chiara Lubich in the Mosque of Harlem, the friendship between the African-American Muslim community and the Focolare Movement continues to grow and renew itself.[more]
- Focolare Center
- Focolare Little Town
- Social Center
- Local community
- Mariapolis Center
The Focolare arrived in the US on September 14, 1961. Giovanna Vernuccio, Sharry Silvi and Antonio Petrilli* landed in New York City. The 2 women found an apartment in downtown Manhattan while Antonio and his companion, Joseph Patron who came a few months later, settled in Queens.
The Focolare grew and spread in many other cities such as Boston, in 1964, and then South Jersey and Philadelphia. Then toward the south to Washington D.C. (the women’s Focolare opened in 1983, and the men’s in 1995), North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and all the way to the tip of Florida.
The East Coast includes parts of the Caribbean, with lively and mature local communities. The spirituality arrived first to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and from there the community helped to form the community of Santo Domingo.
* Men and women focolarini from Italy who were the first to arrive in New York and live in the Focolare Centers
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers across the globe led a worldwide relay race. Boys and girls from different ethnic groups, cultures and religions race together to bear witness to their commitment to peace and to promote a way to reach this peace : the Golden Rule.
The race was promoted by the Teens for Unity of […]
Held in a variety of settings, with different programs, Mariapolis, is an occasion to gather with many and, in a dialogue of true openness, learn to be a gift for one another. Here are the locations and dates for the 2017 Mariapolises.[more]