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[more]
Many summer Mariapolises are held in a variety of settings, with different programs, yet each of these temporary “Cities of Mary” (hence the name Mariapolis) is a portion of society renewed by evangelical love. Cultural, racial, religious and generational differences disappear in this mosaic of humanity made one family by a common desire to live out the Golden Rule “Do to others as you would want done to you”.
Mariapolis is an occasion to gather with many and, in a dialogue of true openness, learn to be a gift for one another.
Mariapolises are held yearly in New York, Virginia, Florida, Indiana, Texas and California.
“We take home the courage and tools to live and communicate the language of love to everyone we meet.”
“The Mariapolis is ‘total immersion’ in learning the language of love for others!”
“I no longer feel alone – I am united with brothers and sisters all over the world who share my dream of universal brotherhood.”
“The experiences of young adults and married couples gave me the push to believe in God’s masterplan for me and my family.”
Three 1-day Mariapolis-style retreats and 1 vacation mariapolis in the Southwest cities of El Paso, Austin, Houston and San Antonio (in Spanish) Texas. Over 465 participants total.[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]