Prayer, based on the listening of the Word of God, is the first deed of the Community: it accompanies and guides its life. In Rome and across the world, it is also a meeting and welcome place for whoever would like to listen to the Word of God and address their invocation to the Lord.


The poor are brothers and sisters, friends of the Community. Friendship with whoever is in a moment of need – elderly, homeless, migrants, disabled people, prisoners, street children – is the distinctive trait of the lives of whom is part of Sant’Egidio across the different continents.


Aware that war is mother of all poverty, Sant’Egidio actively works for peace – to protect it wherever it is threatened, to re-build it wherever needed, and aiding dialogue between parties when it has been lost. This is lived as a Christian responsibility, part of a bigger service of reconciliation.

Here in the United States the Community of Sant’Egidio has been present for more than 25 years and is currently in New York, Washington DC, Boston, South Bend, and Oxford. Across each community we serve those who are most vulnerable in our cities including the elderly, the homeless, and children. 

Every Community in the United States has begun with visits to local nursing homes.

Friendship with the elderly has been near the heart of Sant’Egidio since its early days. All these years have given Sant’Egidio a wealth of experience and insight that we want to share with others, seeking to build a culture of solidarity and hospitality toward older people. 

Each week, in cities across the country, members of the Community visit elders in their homes and in nursing homes. 

We invite you to join us in this effort to build bridges between generations! 

In all large cities, many people, for various reasons, are forced to live on the street. Contrary to popular belief, living on the streets is almost never by choice. The members of the Community of Sant’Egidio, following the example of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel parable, stop, and try to take care of people who live in these situations of great difficulty.


We invite you to join us in our regular preparation of food and distribution to those in need. 

The School of Peace is the continuation of Sant’Egidio’s first service, La Scuola Popolare. Each is a completely free program, built by a familial attitude, where members facilitate children’s integration into school and provide concrete support to families. It is a model of education open to others, sympathetic with the less fortunate, and dedicated to overcoming barriers and discriminations.


Please contact for more information or to start a School of Peace in your neighborhood.