Letters - 2019 - Page 2

At the De Loonse en Drunense Druinen National Park

Holland: A day with the Franken


The Franken, an experience for 11-14 year olds, named after the ancient Dutch peoples. The enthusiasm of those who have already participated has infected other friends. And this year we start with an adventure in a desert...

Rebirth in a hospital room


Luisa is admitted to hospital and finds herself sharing a room with another woman. It’s an encounter for both of them. From initial awkwardness to card games, advice and learning to pray. An accompanying friendship, even when they are no longer together.

Annamaria Chiarabini

From Rimini to the world


On 23rd September, Anna Maria Chiarabini, Memor Domini and long-time missionary in Nigeria, died. A friend remembers the passion and intelligence that characterized her presence in Lagos. They leave a mark on the lives of many.

A show at the Meeting

The Meeting: An unexpected beauty


A week in Rimini that began with expectations, dreams and fears. But that, among friendships, exhibitions and meetings, turned into wonder and amazement for a place that "guards and protects an immense treasure: the desires and passions of each of us".

The city of Chiclayo, in Northern Perù

Perù: "I was struck by the intensity of their lives"


Jessy, a university student in Chiclayo, in the north of the country, talks about how she met the university students of CL. Life, friendship, and a commitment to deepen their faith. A simple description of the experience of the movement.

Pope Francis in Port Louis

The Pope in Mauritius: “He wanted me right here”


Thirty years after John Paul II’s visit, Laura recounts Francis’ arrival on this island in the Indian Ocean. The welcome of people of every origin and faith. The messages of friends of the small CL community and a special gift…

Pope Francis during his visit to Mozambique's capital

Maputo: My “Here I am” in front of the Pope


The wait for Francis to arrive. The desire to follow him. The wonder of seeing, within herself, a new beginning. Marta recounts what happened to her, and those around her, during the Apostolic Visit to Mozambique.

Alejandro and Stella Maris with the Pope



The meeting with Francis during the General Audience. Just a few words, enough to tell him about an exhibition about him which is touring Latin America in order to make him truly known. In Alejandro’s account, we see the Pope’s gratitude.

"The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" by Caspar David Friedrich. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Freedom as Obedience


Jake writes about his discovery of a fuller freedom at the Midwest summer vacation.


The Band's Visit at the New York Vacation


After seeing the new Broadway musical The Band's Visit, some friends in the New York community decided to propose the show's music at their family vacation.

Scala: Life is Here and Now


José writes about his experience participating in the Scala Foundation's summer seminar, "Rediscovering Integral Humanism," with Princeton's Margarita Mooney who last spring presented The Life of Luigi Giussani in New York.

The View in Store for Me


During her last GS vacation, high school student Sofia discovered that the experience of the movement goes far beyond the friends in her community.

Courtesy of Miriam Smith.

The Beautiful Road


As the 2019 GS vacation unfolded, Miriam found that those days were as much for her as they were for her students.

Charitable Work with a New Openness


Monica sees something beautiful in singing to the elderly with some members of her community and, by being true to her desire, begins a charitable work.

A House Full of Saints


Zachary reflects on the meaning of sainthood as expressed in School of Community in light of his friendship with his own community.

The Blue Tent and the Heart of Sixth Graders


After attending a presentation at the New York Encounter, Carole shared her experience with her sixth grade students, opening their hearts others and fostering friendship among each other.