In the spirit of Christmas, with our typical aim at loving one another, we gathered for our annual Christmas Party. 85 adults and kids came together for the day which included a cello and piano duet performed by 2 young ladies which set the tone for a Christmas meditation. Experiences of living our Gospel-based spirituality […][more]
“Mercy and dialogue: pathways to unity” was the title of this year’s Men’s Retreat held in Belton, Texas. It gave the almost 30 men the opportunity to reflect on some of the Pope’s texts on mercy and how it can be lived through the spirituality of unity. There was an insight into how unity with […][more]
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.[more]
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[more]
“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.
A video produced by the Gen 4 International Centre in Rome.
16 year old Caitlin Rowley from Houston, Texas, shares how she lives with Crohn’s Disease, overcoming her fears. An experience which emanates strength and light.
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.”
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.[more]
Members of the Focolare movement in the Chicago area participated in the liturgy and reception on the Greek Orthodox feast of the Great Vespers for the Feast of the Induction and the Protection of the Environment. The celebration was held for the Chicago area at the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Glenview. Sts. Peter and Paul is a very beautiful, colorful, icon-filled, bright and welcoming structure and was a perfect setting for such a majestic ceremony. The ceremony manifested the majesty of God, as shared by the Focolare members in attendance.[more]
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]