«That all may be one» (Jn. 17,21)
We were born for these words, for unity, to give a contribution to its realization in the world. Chiara Lubich
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|Southwest Mariapolis 2010|
|Written by Laura Kellerman|
|Thursday, July 08, 2010|
Though a strong spiritual experience, the Mariapolis wasn't just sitting, listening, and experiences -- it was also fun and games! Hundreds of people, young and old, participated in the Mariapolis game night. And the good times certainly didn't end there. Adults and youth hit the basketball court together and whipped out the board games each night while enjoying smoothies at the Mariapolis Cafe.
Another highlight of the event was learning more about the story of Chiara Luce Badano, a Focolare member who died of cancer at the age of 18. Chiara Luce is being beautified by Pope Benedict later this year and 17 youth from the Southwest zone will make the trip to Rome to be a part of the ceremony. Chiara Luce's story was shared during Youth Fest, n evening presentation put on by the youth. More than three dozen children sang, dance, acted, and share stories and experiences about their faith, concluding the Mariapolis.
Everyone in attendence at the Southwest Mariapolis wants to extend a special "thank you" to the staff at Concordia University for providing the backdrop for what was truly an amazing spiritual retreat!