New York Encounter

Bumping into a Life

SchoolPeter Fields

A group of university students from North America worked together for a year on an exhibit on Fr. Luigi Giussani. The result was 21 panels showing how his experience continues to shape theirs today through an ongoing companionship.

Entrance of the Giussani exhibit.
(L-R) Joseph Weiler, John McCarthy, Cristophe Pierre and Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Kashmiri at the New York Encounter. Photo by Nick Erickson

Reaching Young People Who Have Left the Church

From the PressChristopher White

"In a time of deep tribalism in our country, this event managed to offer a rare glimpse of unity and an attractive alternative to the fragmentation that defines our present age." Christopher White reflects on his coverage of the 2018 New York Encounter.

The Brooklyn Bridge

New York Encounter: The Message of Pope Francis

Current EventsCardinal Pietro Paolin

From January 12-14 the tenth edition of the New York Encounter will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. This year the event is titled "An 'Impossible' Unity." Read the message of Pope Francis, sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Filmmaker Deniz Demirer and moderator Simonetta D'Italia. Photo by Migi Fabara Martinez

A Gaze in the Crowd

US & MoreJennifer Andersen

"Films not only show the beauty of the world, they express our longings--those we often don’t face or can’t understand in our everyday lives." Filmmaker Deniz Demirer wraps up the 2018 New York Encounter with a journey through movie scenes.

Audience member at A Gaze in the Crowd. Photo by Migi Fabrara Martinez
Tabla at the Amaradewa concert. Photo/Flickr

The Power of ... We!

US & MoreEllen Bauman

"I didn’t speak their language, I didn’t talk about religion with them, I don’t look like them but something I did with my instrument made them cry." A witness at the 2018 New York Encounter by tabla maestro Sandeep Das on music inspiring connections.

(L-R) Professor Joseph Weiler, Professor John McCarthy, Archbishop Christophe Pierre and Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Kashmiri. Photo by Nick Erickson

Abraham and the Birth of the "I"

US & MoreStephen Adubato

Representatives of the three main monotheistic religions shared their views at the 2018 New York Encounter on the relationship between God’s involvement in human history and the discovery of one’s own identity.

Audience in the main auditorium for Abraham and the Birth of the ''I.'' Photo by Nick Erickson
(L-R) Paige Sanchez, Dr. Margaret Laracy, Tom Cornell and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Photo by Felicia Di Salvo

On Pilgrimage Toward Unity

US & MoreOlivia Martin

"A religious odyssey and a journey." The life of Dorothy Day and its "impossible" unity at the 2018 New York Encounter with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Dr. Margaret Laracy and Tom Cornell.

Audience present at the panel. Photo by Felicia Di Salvo
(R-L) T.J. Berden, Patrick Tomassi and Joe Bowen backstage before the event. Photo by Maria Ramos

Let Me Feel the Lack

US & MoreClaire Vouk

A conversation at the 2018 New York Encounter examining the almost endless cycle of lack, desire and fulfillment in Terrence Malick's films. Participating were T.J. Berden, Joe Bowen and Patrick Tomassi.

Audience members at Let Me Feel the Lack. Photo by Maria Ramos
Luigi Giussani at the Portofino lighthouse with students. © Archivio CL / Lapresse

A Human Gaze, A History

US & MoreDavid Paradela

A presentation of Alberto Savorana's "The Life of Luigi Giussani" at the 2018 New York Encounter through eyewitness accounts by the Rev. Pigi Bernareggi, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Shodo Habukawa, Rose Busingye, Jonathan Fields and Margaret Stokman.

Molly Ronan (left) and Kenneth Genuard accompanied by an ensemble of strings, woodwinds and percussion. Photo by Elisa Zocchi

Fatherhood

US & MoreAndrew Hamm

Three dramatic stories of relationships with fathers that irrevocably changed the lives of their children accompanied by newly composed music by Jonathan Fields and Chris Vath at the 2018 New York Encounter.

Jonathan Fields directs the ensemble. Photo by Elisa Zocchi
Elizabeth Anderson backstage before her lecture. Photo by Migi Fabara Martinez

In the Middle of the Path of our Life

US & MoreJulia Bolzon

A commentary on the accessibility of "The Divine Comedy" by stay-at-home-mom Elizabeth Anderson, Ph.D., co-sponsored by the Well-Read Mom reading group at the 2018 New York Encounter.

Well-Read-Mom founder Marcie Stokman. Photo by Migi Fabara Martinez
(R-L) John Poch, 2018 Poetry Contest runner-up, James Davis May and Edward Hirsch. Photo by Kara Hand

How to Fall in Love with Poetry

US & MoreKaylana Sareen

“Poetry offers an alternative to the brutal discourse.” Poets Edward Hirsch and James Davis May discuss poetry as a medium capable of creating unity in this polarized world at the 2018 New York Encounter.

Poets Edward Hirsch (left) and James Davis May. Photo by Kara Hand
(L-R) Anujeet Sareen, Professor Amitai Etzioni Professor and Mark Lilla. Photo by Patrycja Janowski

Out of Many, One: Really?

US & MoreElena Neuzil

A dialogue with professors Mark Lilla and Amitai Etzioni at the 2018 New York Encounter on the state of American society. How has it gotten here? Where and how can it move forward?

Audience members at the event. Photo by Patrycja Janowski
(L-R) Rose Tomassi, Efrain Hernandez, Jim O’Shea, C.P. Photo by Felicia Di Salvo

Reconnecting Through Work and Education

US & MoreBrittany Higdon

"If you don’t want to leave the corner, we can change the corner." Witnesses at the 2018 New York Encounter by Efrain Hernandez and the Rev. Jim O'Shea, C.P., on ReConnect Brooklyn, an entrepreneurship program to help at-risk youths.

Jim O'Shea. Photo by Felicia Di Salvo
Dr. Michael Brescia. Photo by Sarah Rivas

Drawn Near to a Hidden Divine Presence

US & MoreAnnemarie Bacich

Dr. Michael J. Brescia, physician and inventor of the Brescia-Cimino fistula, recounts his encounters with the divine through his work at the 2018 New York Encounter.

Dr. Michael Brescia (right) and moderator, Dr. Molly Poole. Photo by Sarah Rivas
(R-L) Etsuro Sotoo, translator Damian Bacich and John Waters. Photo by Migi Fabara Martinez

An "Impossible" Beauty

US & MoreSuzanne Tanzi

“Beauty is the Splendour of the Truth” -- Antoni Gaudí Sculptor Etsuro Sotoo and journalist John Waters explored the bond between beauty and unity at the 2018 New York Encounter.

Audience members at the conversation. Photo by Migi Fabara Martinez
New York Encounter audience members give a warm round of applause to the panelists of A Love Without Boundaries. Photo by Kara Hand

Love Without Boundaries

US & MoreClare Chiodini

The Rev. Pigi Bernareggi, Rose Busingye and the Rev. Solanus Benfatti, C.F.R., recounted their works for the poor and the sick in Brazil and Uganda at the 2018 New York Encounter.

Pigi Bernareggi and friends. Photo by Kara Hand
(L-R) Steven Brown, Dominic Aquila, Camil Martinez and Paul Vitz. Photo by Emily Green

The Father: Who is He?

US & MoreBruno Cassará

Reflections on fatherhood in a time of social fragmentation at the 2018 New York Encounter by panelists Steven Brown, Dominic Aquia, Camil Martinez and Paul Vitz.

(L-R) Brown, Aquila, Martinez and Vitz. Photo by Emily Green
(L-R) Holly Peterson, Christopher Barrett, Sara Sievers and Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomassi. Photo by Sarah Rivas

The Fundamental Economic Resource: The Human Person

US & MoreBrittany Higdon

"You cannot have a solid economy without respect of the person." Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi at the 2018 New York Encounter discussion on the relationship between integral human development and economy.

Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi. Photo by Sarah Rivas
Pianist Andrea Domenici (left) and guitarist Philip Faconti (right) accompany Grammy-nominated Jonathan Hoard in gospel hymn. Photo by Mary Sarah Ivers

A Single Garment of Destiny

US & MoreStephen Adubato

Pianist Andrea Domenici and guitarist Philip Faconti accompanied Grammy-nominated Jonathan Hoard in gospel hymns commemorating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 2018 New York Encounter.

St. Joseph High School's step team. Photo by Mary Sarah Ivers