Stories - 2018

Elisa Piscitelli

"Italian Tuesday" at MIT

US, UK and MorePaola Bergamini

In the midst of a highly competitive environment where it is best not to make contacts or “waste time,” Elisa proposed a dinner to the other graduate students at a prestigious university in Boston.

The 2017 GS winter vacation in Northern Florida.

The Students, the Fire, and Mrs. Smith

US, UK and MoreAnna Leonardi

Before class, students meet with their theology teacher to tackle homework and the big questions of life. This is the journey of GS in Miami, which has become a presence for both kids and parents.

"Magdalen with the Smoking Flame" by Georges de la Tour. Via Wikimedia Commons.

The Language of the Soul

EncountersMaurizio Vitali

Wounds, nostalgia, frailty, and hope: Psychiatrist Eugenio Borgna explains the modern man through painful yet beautiful words open “to change and salvation, to the risk of life.” In the era of performance, this is an ode to human frailty.

Falcon 9 first stage landing. Photo by Official SpaceX Photos. CC0

A Small Switch Leads to Mars

US, UK and MorePaola Bergamini

From Italy to Silicon Valley--this is the story of Mauro Prina and his daily adventure at work. “When you remain stuck on what you already think you know, you find yourself back on the margins.”

"Reality Check: Have You Seen Your Patient?" Courtesy of the MedConference

Healthcare and Humanity: the MedConference

EncountersAnnemarie Bacich

On the eve of the 2018 MedConference, an annual conference for students and workers in the healthcare profession, we publish an interview with Dr. Elvira Parravicini, its founder and chief organizer. The MedConference is in its tenth year.

Dr. Giancarlo Rastelli

Rastelli: The Great Heart of Doctor Gian

EncountersAnna Leonardi

His surgical procedure has saved many worldwide, but the young doctor wasn't just known for his contributions to the medical world. Here's how the Rastelli exhibit at the 2018 Rimini Meeting came about.

A Promise Wrapped in Fascination

US, UK and MoreCarie Boothe

In July, over one hundred people gathered in Georgia for the Southeast region's summer vacation. There, they encountered "a promise for the whole year."

Frank Simmonds carries the cross over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Way of the Cross in New York City

US, UK and MoreChris Vath

Chris' witness at the 2018 National Diaconia revolves around this year's Way of the Cross in New York and what this gesture has become for the city.

Lunch with Fr. Carrón before the presentation.

I Have Someone to Call "You"

US, UK and MoreMarcia Otto

Marcia's witness at the 2018 National Diaconia focused on the "Disarming Beauty" event in Houston in October.

The Canadian CLU on their summer vacation.

A Companionship Guided to Destiny

US, UK and MoreDominique Robb

Members of the Canadian CLU met for their summer vacation in the Thousand Islands region exploring how "friendship is a companionship guided to destiny."

Vacation group photo.

Is Christ Familiar to Me?

US, UK and MoreMeghan Berneking

Over 170 people from the Lower Midwest gathered in Indiana for their annual CL summer vacation, exploring the theme of education through presentations, a baptism, a concert, and more.

The Joy and Risk of Following

US, UK and MoreLetizia Mariani

On July 15, on the Minnesota Root River, a fraternity group embarked on a two-and-a-half-hour canoe outing and discovered the value in following another.

Friends on the Mountains and Plains vacation.

"By This, You Will Know that I am the Lord"

US, UK and MoreLorenzo Patelli

On July 5-8, 2018, 130 people gathered in Estes Park, Colorado, for the Mountains and Plains summer vacation. Through witnesses, music, games, and a hike, the discovery was that "He never stops flowing incessantly."

The fraternity vacation in Winona, Minnesota.

Fraternity Vacation: "Why Should I Follow a Cloud?"

US, UK and MoreFlora Carelli

A friendship born three years ago continues to grow. Over forty adults and thirty kids traveled from fourteen states to Minnesota for a few days of vacation with Fr. Julián Carrón on July 13-17, 2018.

Teddy Bongomin (left) and Sharon Akidi at European Development Days

Two Dragonflies from Kampala

US, UK and MoreMaria Laura Conte

At the AVSI stand at the most important European forum on development cooperation, two Ugandian women showed visitors how to make rolled paper bead necklaces and wove international relationships by telling the story of their lives.


The Search for Unity in the Face of Diversity

US, UK and MoreBrad Tretter

At the 2018 National Diaconia, Brad Tretter's witness focused on his community's experience bringing "Disarming Beauty" to the table in dialogue with their city.

Miriam's GS kids

Something Beautiful in Following Him

US, UK and MoreMiriam Smith

Miriam Smith's witness at the 2018 National Diaconia was centered around her experience taking over a GS group at the school where she teaches.

Courtesy of Prince of Peace Catholic Church

"Brewing Conversations" with Giussani

US, UK and MoreMarco Saccaggi

Marco Saccaggi's witness at the 2018 National Diaconia focused on his experience watching Fr. Branson introduce Giussani's writing in his parish.

Business meeting. CC0

Who You Are and Who You Belong To

US, UK and MoreAlberto Portolani

Alberto Portolani's witness at the 2018 National Diaconia revolves around his encounter with a woman that changed the way he works and the way he "makes space for Him."

Fr. John Rutten

Following the Ones God Has Given Me

US, UK and MoreJohn Rutten

Fr. John Rutten's witness from the 2018 National Diaconia revolves around his experience working on "Disarming Beauty" with new unexpected friends.