|Inspired at Site of St. Paul's Martyrdom
VATICAN CITY, 13 JUNE 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the
"Living In" Spirituality Movement which appears in the Directory of
International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical
Council for the Laity.
* * *
Official name: "Living In" Spirituality Movement
History: The "Living In" Spirituality Movement was founded by Father
Nicola Giordano after he was inspired by the place where the Apostle
Paul was martyred near the Tre Fontane in Rome.
It spread rapidly to various Italian cities and was canonically approved
by the archbishop of Trani in 1968. It has now spread to other
countries. On Dec. 8, 2001, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed
recognition of the Movimento di Spiritualità "Vivere In" as an
international association of the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: The movement promotes and animates Christian culture in every
area of human life, fostering the genuine humanism that is inspired at
all times by the only "new man," who is Christ. All its work revolves
around the two dimensions of man as the "imago Dei," and of human
society as the "corpus Christi."
The spiritual formation of the members, underpinned by a human
preparation based on justice, truth and honesty, lasts for three years
and sets out to seek total configuration with Christ through the loving
study of the Word of God, knowledge of Tradition, and the study of the
Fathers and the magisterium of the Church.
Participation in the life of the movement requires apostolic commitment
to bear witness to Gospel truths. The specific areas of activity are the
family, the school, politics and society.
Organization: The structure of the movement is pyramidal, with Christ as
the base and the peak, and comprises different groups, each with their
own educational and apostolic programs: children, teen-agers, young
adults, adults, families and the sick.
Membership of the movement is open to friends, sympathizers and members.
Friends are kept briefed on all the activities, but do not undertake any
particular obligations, and perform specific and coordinated tasks on a
Sympathizers are introduced for an initiation period of three years,
during which they deepen their understanding of Scripture, patristics
and Christian sociology, before being sent out on the apostolate of
animation of their respective life environments.
Members undertake specific Christian life commitments and forms of
participation in the life and the apostolate of the movement. Different
groups meet together in Cenacles, which can be established or
incorporated into existing ecclesial structures.
Membership: The movement has 15,000 members in 16 countries, in Africa,
Europe, North America and South America.
Works: The movement, which is linked to the secular institute lesus
Victima and the Priests' Association Gesù Nostro Signore, collaborates
in managing spirituality centers and a retirement home in Italy, a
Christian animation and formation center in San Jose, Costa Rica, and a
youth animation center in Panama City.
Publications: Vivere In, a spirituality and cultural review published
every two months; the In Luce newsletter
Web site: (www.viverein.it
Movimento di Spiritualità "Vivere In"
Via di Acque Salvie, l/A
Tel. and Fax (39) 065.943.323
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]