August 7, 2016
Indianapolis held an annual Post Mariapolis picnic at Millie and Jim Komro’s with over 40 in attendance. Young and not so young joined the fun. Members of local Christian, Unitarian, Hindu and Muslim communities were all in attendance. The day attracted not only those who attended the Midwest Mariapolis, but also those learning of the Focolare for the first time, many of whom asked to stay in contact for future events .
- 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.
August 7, 2016
From July 22 to August 6, twenty-one Midwest Focolare youth, along with five chaperones, attended the festivities and activities of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, which included a one week youth school entitled, You Got Me. The post WYD school was held in Jasna, Slovakia, sponsored by the Youth for a United World of the Focolare Movement.[more]
Four days. Four hundred participants. Christians from many denominations. Faithful of varied religions. Young. Old. Newly arrived immigrants. Some for the first time. Others over many years. Coming together to live and share messages of hope and communion in a world so in need of Unity. These would describe the 2016 Midwest Mariapolis, as would be true for so many other locations around the world where local Mariapolis gatherings are held.[more]