International Spiritual Centre for Priests

“ The breath of communion is essential for the health of the body of the Church ” said Secretary of Vatican State  Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to a large group of priests, deacons and seminarians at the conclusion of the Year of the Priests 2010.


The main objective of the International Spiritual Centre for Priests at Mariapolis Piero is to experience authentic communion in priestly life, underpinned by the Spirituality of Unity of the Focolare Movement.

With the encouragement of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference, a school of formation for priests was inaugurated at Mariapolis Piero in 2001. Since then, more than 1000 priests and seminarians from all over Africa have attended the different courses.


They experience a “school of life”, with times for work interlaced with moments dedicated to getting to know better the spirituality of unity and understanding how to put it into practice on a personal, ecclesial and social level.


Many of them leave with great joy in their heart saying: “…I start again to live my priesthood with the enthusiasm of the first years…”




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