Academic Trip to Verona, Trent and Primiero

An anticipation of Easter

From Incisa to Trent, passing through Verona and going all the way to Fiera di Primiero: this was the itinerary of the trip that the group from the Sophia University Institute took on 2 – 4 April, in a certain sense, an anticipation of the Easter celebration. They were three days lived in the peculiar style of Sophia, where research and cultural inquiry are in close relationship with the daily experience shared within the academic community.
There were many points of cultural value: the visit to some precious works of art that adorn the two cities on the Adige River (especially the Basilica of San Zeno in Verona); the captivating musical performance given by the students from the Conservatory of Music of Trent, already a partner of the IUS for two former interdisciplinary seminars; the meeting with the Federation of the Cooperatives in the Trent Region and their social charism, emphatically expressed by the Director, Carlo Dellasega.
Along the way, it was no less interesting “to go to the source of Sophia” – as one of the students expressed it – by following the footsteps  of Chiara Lubich in Trent, her native city, and revisiting some of the places of great inspiration in the nearby valley of Primiero, which marked the birth of the Focolare Movement. It was precisely in that mountain environment, in fact, that at the end of the ’50s Lubich was able for the first time to mention the design of a little “city” inspired from the discovery of the Gospel and also the development of a real academic community.  Today, those visions are progressively realized in Loppiano, the small town of the Focolare Movement born near Florence, and the IUS.
It is impossible to recall all the moments that ensued, the many encounters with friends of Sophia…. There was even the affectionate and warm greeting of the Archbishop of Trent, Luigi Bressan, and that of the Vice-president of the Province of Trent, Alberto Pacher.
Among the fifty participants, between students, professors and other staff, those who have come from foreign countries had the chance to get to know some places of the peninsula that generally are not publicized, while the IUS group was once again able to bear witness, with its internationality, to the fruitful experience that characterizes it, which emerges from the encounter between different cultures, generations, and life plans.

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