The Community of Sant’Egidio is a Christian community born in 1968, right after the Second Vatican Council. An initiative of Andrea Riccardi, it was born in a high school in the centre of Rome. With the years, it has become a network of communities in more than 70 countries of the world. The Community pays attention to the periphery and peripheral people, gathering men and women of all ages and conditions, united by a fraternal tie through the listening of the Gospel and the voluntary and free commitment for the poor and peace.
Prayer, poor and peace are its fundamentals points of reference.
Prayer, based on the listening of the Word of God, is the first deed of the Community: it accompanies and guides life. In Rome and across the world, it is also a meeting and welcome point 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 in the different continents. In so doing, the Community communicates the Gospel, which is truly good news.
The awareness and understanding that war is the mother of all poverties has driven the Community to work for peace: to protect it wherever it is threatened and to help re-build it wherever needed, aiding dialogue between parties when it has been lost. The work to foster peace is lived as a Christian responsibility, part of a bigger service of reconciliation. It is also part of the fraternity lived through ecumenical commitment and interreligious dialogue, in the “Spirit of Assisi”.
Sant’Egidio has been present in the United States since the early 1990s and is now in cities across the country.