• Focolare Center
  • Focolare Little Town
  • Social Center
  • Local community
  • Mariapolis Center

Chiara came again in 1968 to the United States for a brief private visit to New York and Chicago. It was the only time she ever traveled to the “windy city.” In the few but precious hours spent there, Chiara spoke about many things: impressions of the trip, her joy at how much things have grown, and new plans for the American regions.

Many people who are part of the Focolare Movement all over America met the spirituality of unity through a Scalabrinian priest Fr Joe Scopa. In the mid 1950’s Fr Joe participated in one of the Mariapolis’ in Trent. Afterwards he began giving classes on living the gospel to members of his parish in the Chicago area.  It was there that he was able to share his experience of the charism of unity.  Many people then wanted to get in touch with the focolare that had arrived in Chicago in December 1964.

From that first seed, the Ideal spread in the Midwest. Now it is in many other states: Minnesota, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, South Dakota, Illinois, Tennessee, Iowa, and Indiana.


Midwest Mariapolis 2016

Midwest Mariapolis 2016

July 14, 2016 – July 18, 2016
We hope to see you at this year’s Midwest Mariapolis!
Focolare Movement’s annual gathering offers youth and adults an experience of how life is transformed when love and unity are at its core.


Luminos-A-thon 2015

Luminos-A-thon 2015

October 10, 2015 4:00 am
Walk for a United World!
Join us in a Walkathon (people are pledging us per mile while we walk) to raise funds to support Mariapolis Luminosa!

Ty Warner Park
Westmont, Illinois 60559

Saturday, Oct 10
at 9:00am – 4:00pm

Registration form:…uc/viewform

For those who cannot come, you can contribute pledging someone through this link:
Pledge online:…w=1

Let’s help to build Mariapolis Luminosa!

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