Living In Spirituality Movement

Inspired at Site of St. Paul's Martyrdom


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.

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Official name: "Living In" Spirituality Movement

Established: 1958

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 voluntary basis.

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
00142 Roma — Italy

Tel. and Fax (39) 065.943.323

E-mail: viverein@tin.it-viverein@libero.it

© Copyright 2006 — Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]

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