«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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|Friday, July 11, 2008|
"The little city of the Focolare Movement for North America"
One of 32 Focolare little cities of the Focolare Movement around the world. Mariapolis Luminosa, the Focolare little city for North America, is located in Hyde Park, New York, in the beautiful surroundings of the Hudson Valley. In 1986, at its inauguration, Focolare founder Chiara Lubich wrote in a message: “This city of Mary could be the model of a new humanity where unity has become a reality.” Day after day this plan of unity is coming about. All year round, a great variety of gatherings is taking place at Luminosa for children, families, teenagers, youth, entrepreneurs, men and women religious and priests.
At Christmas time, Luminosa traditionally hosts a unique display of over 100 Nativity Scenes from all over the world.
Since 1988 the annual presentation of the Luminosa Award for Unity has been a means of recognizing a person or group whose life and works have given a significant contribution to unity, which is the Focolare’s goal.
In 1998, the Center for Education in Dialogue was inaugurated. It promotes seminars and interactive dialogue sessions that are held where experts in ecumenism, Christian-Jewish dialogue, Islam and Buddhism offer an in-depth look at various points.
Special events, such as the summer 3-day gathering called Mariapolis, offer families and people of all ages and walks of life an experience of how life can be transformed if love and unity are its foundation. When the Mariapolis ends, people find that it was not only a tremendous weekend, but they have experienced a way of living that they will be able to bring back home.