In 1990 the ‘Abba School’, a Centre of interdisciplinary study made up of 30 experts, was established. Its development was greatly helped by a German Bishop, noted theologian and philosopher, Klaus Hemmerle, as well as some highly qualified focolarini.Scuola Abbà

The purpose of the Abba School is to explore and discover the effects of the charism of unity in a range of disciplines. Chiara Lubich spoke about it on 9th June 2000 during a congress held by the Movement in Castelgandolfo, Rome:

‘Since the early days of our Movement we’ve been aware that the charism of unity brings its own culture, which is at one and the same time a child of traditional Christianity and through the light brought by the charism, something new. The growth in the numbers of the people of unity and the spread of the Ideal beyond the confines of the Focolare Movement, has highlighted the specifics of this culture, and made deeper study necessary: theological, and philosophical, political, economic, psychological, artistic and so on. This is what we are doing within what we call the “Abba School”.’


  • Eu, partindo da suposição de que Jesus não podia revelar a divindade de Maria, por motivos óbvios de segurança, e tendo visto o que fizeram com Ele, o que fariam com uma mulher, que Se apresenta como Esposa de Deus, e Deus Mãe, numa sociedade machista como aquela… Mas, o Evangelho revela em diversas passagens que Maria é Deus Mãe Mulher, ao lado de Deus Pai Homem.

  • In avoiding world division, and individualism among people, a co-intelligentsia, a co-thinking, a co-operation are a light for the world towards a united world and universal fraternity. And it’s is possible with “Abbà School”, where experts experience the “becoming like children”, in becoming one for a sack of multidisciplinary challenges…and so the hidden details could be revealed to them, in the humility. It is a Co-Wisdom School

  • Aside from the slim volume edited by David L. Schindler, (which is very useful) are there any other publications of or about the Abba school available in English?
    I would be eager to read the proceedings of their meetings, learn more about the constitution of the membership of the various iterations of the school, what they worked on and their methodology.
    Many thanks

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