In the forty years since it was born in 1967, New Families has concentrated its activity on a new emphasis in family life and a new culture of the family, based on four principles: education, formation, sociality, and solidarity.
A commitment by its members to live the Focolare spirituality of unity in a radical way is the basis of this life. It is a “vocation” that lived in a family is also formation. The deep unity that parents build day after day is a powerful example for children, and provides a framework where the generation gap is not a clash of opposites, but a positive exchange of gifts.
“The family is not closed within itself”, said Iginio Giordani, considered by Chiara Lubich a cofounder of New Families, “but grows like a cell that lives as much for others as for itself. A new society is born, as if from a natural sacred well, from families that live the Gospel”.