A JOURNEY THAT BECOMES A TRUE SCHOOL OF LIFE
Comunità Cenacolo America is part of the international Comunità Cenacolo (Community of the Cenacle) founded in Italy in 1983 by a dynamic, vibrant, and faith-filled religious sister named Elvira Petrozzi. Mother Elvira felt certain that God was calling her to serve the poor of the modern world: disillusioned young men and women who live in desperation and hopelessness, convinced that life has no meaning or value. Unable to find peace or joy in their lives, they seek to fill the emptiness with the illusory pleasures of the world, only to find themselves steeped in an intense interior isolation.
With unwavering trust in the direction of the Holy Spirit, Mother Elvira proclaims to all those who live in darkness that only Jesus Christ can heal and transform their shattered lives, changing despair into hope, sadness into joy, hatred into forgiveness, and death into life.
A TRUE WAY OF LIFE
To everyone we welcome, we propose a simple, disciplined, family style of life, based on the rediscovery of the essential gifts of prayer and true friendship, sacrifice, and faith in Jesus. The spirituality of the Community is centered on the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. The day is structured around times of prayer, which include Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary. Also filling our days are work, deep sharing about one’s own life in the light of the Word of God, recreation and times of celebration.
Comunità Cenacolo depends and lives totally on the Providence of God, who sustains us through the gifts and contributions of those who desire to help in this work of God’s mercy. We receive no government funds, diocesan funds, nor do we ask payment of anyone living in Community. We learn to live in gratitude, realizing that our joy does not depend on what we have or what we lack. We know and trust that the Father, who is rich in mercy, will give us all that we need.