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

It is thanks to Sr. Mary Claude Gadd of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that the seed of the Ideal was brought to the Southwest in 1972. She met the Focolare in Rome and flying home, she stopped in New York to find the focolarine.

Sr. Mary Claude said: “I asked Sharry* to come to Texas.  She told me yes, that if there were just one person she would come, “Just for you,” she said.  “I felt so loved by that.”

Thus began Sharry’s many trips through Texas as she crisscrossed this immense state.

In 1977 the first Center was opened in San Antonio. Communities then developed in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and Austin, with its Mariapolis Center situated in Dallas.

* Sharry Silvi, a focolarina from Italy who lived in the Focolare Center in New York.

Mariapolis Luminosa, Midwest, Westcoast