Founder of the Focolare Movement
«a coexistence of people of every social category, of all ages, of both sexes, of the most varied vocations, which constituted, during the summer months, almost a temporary little city characterized by the practice, by all its inhabitants, of the new commandment of Jesus: “Love one another as I have loved you”. (cf. Jn 13:34), the central norm of Jesus’ teaching»
So, in 1963, this dream came true on a piece of land of the “Fattoria Loppiano,” an estate owned by a family of entrepreneurs from Brescia, the Folonari: 100 hectares (247 acres) of vineyards and olive trees, now in the municipality of Figline and Incisa Valdarno, in the province of Florence.
The property was brought “as a dowry” by Vincenzo (Eletto) and Camilla Folonari, two of the four Folonari who left their comforts and titles to give everything to God in the Focolare, the new way of lay consecration opened by Chiara Lubich.
This is the wish that Chiara Lubich gave to Rina Nembrini and Zaccaria among the first families who moved from Bergamo to Loppiano in the late 60s. The history of the pioneers of Loppiano continues.
That same morning, during Mass, they had all gone to Communion. Father Angelo Dragoni, the pastor of Saint Vito Martyr Church, had never seen so many people in his church, all men to boot. He thought he was in heaven.
The stories, memories and memoirs of those who helped to found the little city of Loppiano.
Discover the stories and lives of our citizens in Heaven.
Here is the synthesis of the last farewell to Fr. Mario Bodega in the words of Bishop Meini and Fr. Natale Monza, his lifelong friend. Watch thevideo.
Hers is a fascinating story. It began when her very young parents swam across the Mekong River to reach Thailand, leaving behind the regime of their country, Laos.
“Man of the Gospel”, is how he is described by one resident of Loppiano. A cultured, wise man. Someone who knew how to transform the many physical trials of his life, this “slow dying day by day”, into the plan of life given to him by Chiara, “He is risen, He is not here”.
“I have chosen God and absolutely no other thing.” At twenty years of age, or a little less, Vincenzo was the fourth of eight children. He seemingly had all it took to be in the society that matters, but…