International Centre of Farfa Order of the SS.Salvatore S.Brigida
In an era when religious denominations are overcoming old enmities and an increasingly visible approaching each other, in a historical moment in which you tend to break down political barriers and build a united Europe, the International Centre Brigidino will be a meeting place for people of different religious and cultural contexts.
From 6 October 1993 the International Centre of Farfa Order of SS. Savior of S. Bridget, constituted an Academic Committee in which it cultivates dialogue between men and women, priests and bishops, Catholics and Lutherans.
It 's a foundation in the service of unity born from an intuition of Mother Tekla, its cultural, religious and civil is the purpose of its presence to "... affect relationships between people with particular reference to the dialogue between cultures , different religions and churches ... ".
The center brigidino Farfa, blessed by the visit of John Paul II, is inspired by the spirituality and the action of St. Brigid and St. Benedict, in the certainty that prayer and dialogue are the preferred ways to get to be one fold one shepherd.
Since the publication of the acts of ecumenical conferences, held since 1995, the participants and all believers feel the invitation to overcome the barriers to speak with the Swedish Saint: "Lord, show me the way and dispose me to follow."
Under the inspiration brigidina, the building houses meetings at all levels between Catholicism and Protestantism, especially Lutheranism, providing an environment conducive to cultural exchange between the south of Europe, the vast majority of Catholic and predominantly Protestant Northern Europe.
The intent is to awaken the consciousness of Europeans in their common spiritual heritage, theological, philosophical and cultural heritage, and encourage better mutual understanding in this historical period in which the stronger the longing for unity that overcomes the isolation and autarky confessional and nationalistic, but this does not exhaust the purposes of the center and does not constitute the central point.
The Center is primarily motivated by the belief that Christianity is One and that the commitment of the Churches in the ecumenical movement, in an increasingly secularized world, it is crucial not only in view of their credibility, but also their survival in the Church. In other words, the ecumenical vision is the key principle of the International Centre of Farfa Sabina Brigidino.
The center is also open to researchers and writers who need a period of work undisturbed, to finish some studying. From the organizational point of view, the direction of the center and residence for guests is the responsibility of the Brigidine Sisters.
The ancient origins of Farfa date from the sixth century after Christ. The Saint Lawrence the Syrian monarch - because a native of Syria - who went into the land of the Sabine country to preach the Gospel to the pagan population still, after converting the entire region, built, along with his companions in the apostolate, a small monastery with a church dedicated Madonna at the spot where once stood the temple of the goddess Vacuna.
Later, after the Lombard invasion, to sec. VII, the same place monaco Thomas built the monastery and church dedicated to Our Lady ever. He changed the name of the place named in the Fundus Acutianus Farfanus Farfa River, which flowed into the area from which he had the revelation of Our Lady to stay in that land. Thus arose the Abbey of Farfa, destroyed several times and always risen, around which have followed major historical events in an alternation of splendor and decadence.
The Benedictine monks at Farfa played a major civil action, so as to make religious and cultural center in the history of relations between the people and the empire, especially from Charlemagne onwards.
In approximately 1351, St. Bridget of Sweden, pilgrim to Rome, went to Farfa, where she remained several months in order to suggest the Abbot a disciplinary reform of monastic life. After over 6 centuries, in a plan of Providence, the Sisters of St. Bridget are back at Farfa in the footsteps of the great Mother.