On 19 June, on a very hot day, but cooled in the shade of the trees of Central Park, the Community of Sant’Egidio in New York gathered with its friends on the street for our annual Summer Picnic.

After the difficult year the pandemic has caused, many joined in gratitude and joy for the opportunity to gather in a celebration again. Even though we have been supporting and at the side of our friends through it all, this moment marked a sort of conclusion, and was a symbol of a hope for better things to come.

Many people who met us for the first time during the pandemic came as well, enjoying a friendship without borders and a new language, one of friendship and love that crosses the many backgrounds from which we come. It was a joyful image of how we can rebuild our city in a human and common way.

The promise is to be together always!

To join our Community in prayer, service, and friendship, especially as we continue in the heat of summer, please contact santegidiousa@gmail.com.

Annual Summer Picnic 2021