#100Testimonies

Davide Prosperi during the dialogue with Rafael Gerez (Photo: EncuentroMadrid)

“Passion for the person, passion for Christ”

Current Events

The text of the dialogue with Davide Prosperi about Fr. Luigi Giussani, on the occasion of the Centenary that has just ended. The conversation took place at the EncuentroMadrid, on November 12, 2022.

The monument to Giussani in Mutuati (Kenya)

Kenya: "A new horizon in my life"

Letters

Cyprian, a teacher nearing retirement, recounts his encounter with Fr. Giussani more than 30 years ago. And all that came out of it, right down to a monument in his village north of Nairobi.

The presentation to the parents
Aaron Richies, born in 1974, teaches at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

United States: Discovering life

US, UK and MoreAaron Richies

A theologian who met Fr. Giussani’s thought and then met a young boy, both of them shaking his faith and life. Leading to a proposal of a university course on Giussani. From the October issue of Traces.

Ramziya with her husband Dima (left) and some alumni

Kazakhstan: an increasingly better friend

WorldRamziya Saleyeva

Ramziya was born into a Muslim family and encountered the movement 25 years ago through two teachers. Today, the beginning is happening again for her in the eyes of her pupils. From the October issue of Tracce.

Paolo Palamara

Canada: "My illogical choices”

US, UK and MorePaolo Palamara

Paul had money, friends, fabulous vacations, but an emptiness in life that tormented him. In one of his darkest moments, he was reminded of one of his school teachers, and his adventure began… From the October issue of Tracce.

Fr. Giussani (© Fraternità CL)

Fr. Giussani, reformer or revolutionary?

Current EventsMassimo Camisasca

A whole life dedicated to showing " the freshness and original fascination of the Christian life." Monsignor Camisasca remembers the founder of CL on the centenary of his birth.

Federica Irene Falomi in Cappadocia

Turkey: A new desire

WorldFederica Irene Falomi

Seven years ago, she made an encounter that changed her life. Then she had to move to a distant country. A testimony from Istanbul.

Tomoko Sadahiro "Sako"

Japan: Like lava from a volcano

WorldPaola Ronconi

From her passion for music to meeting Fr. Giussani and choosing to join Memores Domini. Sako from Hiroshima recounts her story.

Fr. Giussani at a Student Week in 1964

"What happened to me keeps happening again"

Letters

Her first encounter with GS happened sixty years ago in Rimini. The surprise of the beginning, her friendship with Fr. Giancarlo Ugolini and Fr. Giussani’s fiery response. Emilia tells her story.

Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the World Muslim League, with the President of the Meeting Bernhard Scholz (©Archivio Meeting)

At the source of the human

Encounters

From the September issue of Tracce, excerpts from the dialogue at the Meeting dedicated to Fr. Giussani with Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Islamic World League.

Fr. Stefano Alberto, Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and Wael Farouq at the Meeting (©Archivio Meeting)
Víctor Pérez-Díaz, a sociologist at Harvard University and Complutense University in Madrid, at the presentation of Fr. Giussani's biography in Madrid.

Giussani and Leopardi: Beacons in the fog

EncountersJuan Carlos Hernández

He is one of the great scholars of our society, a place under construction whose questions are still wide-open. And where there is still an "impulse to reach the sublime", which he recognizes in two men. A conversation with Víctor Pérez-Díaz.

Margaret and Mauro

Dublin: The seed of a story

EncountersPaolo Perego

Their encounter with Fr. Giussani, marriage, their yes to mission. "By always remaining attached to this story, things began to happen…. The testimony of Margaret and Mauro Biondi.

Fr. Giussani with Wakako Saito (Photo: Fraternità CL/Francesco Gargioni)

The boundless embrace of the Mystery

WorldWakako Saito

Fr. Giussani's bond with the Buddhist monks of Mount Koya. Saito Wakako recounts how she was born and raised: Fr. Ricci, the Cascinazza, the Rimini Meeting. And the tragedy of the tsunami. A friendship that is the sign of authentic religiosity.

Emilia Guarnieri, then President of the Meeting, with Shodo Habukawa
Fr Giussani with Pope John Paul II (© Fraternità di CL)

“How will it be to be touched by Being!

EncountersJone Echarri

Jone Echarri is the physical therapist who worked with Fr. Giussani during his illness. We offer here an extract from her testimony at the International Days dedicated to the founder of CL (Madrid, March 31–April 2, 2022). From August Traces.

Jone Echarri and her husband, Jesús Carrascosa, on Fr. Giussani's 78th birthday
Madre Geltrude Arioli

“That harmony with St. Benedict"

EncountersPaola Bergamini

Clausura in 1962 and the GS Raggios that Fr. Giussani held in the monastery on Via Bellotti in Milan. Mother Geltrude Arioli speaks of the encounter that marked her and her sisters' history and vocation.

Kerrie with her children

"Grateful, even for my weakness"

World

From Ireland to Korea to rediscover the faith she had abandoned over the years. Kerrie recounts her story and her dramas, and about that "door" that opened in her encounter with Fr. Giussani and the movement.

Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori

“Something I had never seen before”

EncountersAnna Leonardi

In the June issue of Traces, Fr. Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori shares his encounter with the Movement at the age of seventeen, what has happened since then, and the gazes that have fostered his growth.

Sister Benedetta, born Maria Adele Carugati

Armenia: Mission and the stars

EncountersPaola Bergamini

"I was looking for a friendship that would help me live my faith.” From her years at university to her vocation. From the February issue of Tracce, the story of Sister Benedetta, head of Mother Teresa of Calcutta's Missionaries of Charity in Spitak.

New York, 1986. Fr. Giussani visits the CL community (©Fraternità di CL)

Where life happens

US, UK and MoreAnna Leonardi

Vanessa's search from Silicon Valley to Italy to Los Angeles. And that day at Giussani’s funeral…”The experience I was having was enough for me to understand that the faith he was witnessing was something reasonable.” From February Tracce.

Vanessa with her family
Cardinal Matteo Zuppi (© Catholic press Photo)

Zuppi: “The charism, an open window"

ChurchPaola Bergamini

“The search for truth within experience, without wanting to defend anything. For him, every encounter was a discovery.” In the April Tracce, the Archbishop of Bologna recounts what impressed him the first time he saw Fr. Giussani.