Serenella Sharry Silvi grew up in Rome, graduated with a degree in Political Science, worked at the United Nations and was one of the small group of people who gave life to the first centers of the Focolare Movement in North America during the sixties. She followed the developments of the movement while assuming different roles including that of editor of Living City, the Focolare magazine in North America, from 1967 to 2001. In 2002, she returned to Italy where for 12 years she was responsible for the section of the women focolarine worldwide at the movement’s headquarters. She now resides in Rome.
The author is not a historian in the technical-scientific sense of the word, nor does she intend to offer us a historical essay, but she wants to share a personal account, a first-hand account of what ‘happened’ at specific times and places. It is a narrative therefore that is not without its historical touch.
She and many others became not only the protagonists but the witnesses of a great spiritual, human and social project anchored in the spirituality of unity which has its roots in the multifaceted and dynamic reality of America.