- Tel. + 39-0564-338243 (Nomadelfia - Grosseto)
- Cell. + 39-335-1373555 (Hospitality Grosseto)
- Tel. + 39-06-30600740 (Nomadelfia - Rome)
- Monday - Friday | 8 - 12.30 / 15 - 17
- Saturday | 8 - 12.30
via Nomadelfia, 1 - Grosseto GR
58100 - Italy
via Casale San Michele, 46 - Rome
00135 - Italy
Does Nomadelfia want to export its model to the whole of society?
Nomadelfia is a personal vocation, which has in itself the desire to be communicated, without impositions. Our intent is not to make the whole world become Nomadelfia, but to demonstrate with works that it is possible to live the Gospel socially in everyday life. Each one, according to his / her own abilities, possibilities and sensitivities, can accept and implement the Gospel values.
Nomadelfia is one of the different realities of the Church, with a specific vocation, like other Catholic realities. Within the Church, each of us has a different mission: the principles are the same and are found in the Gospel. Fraternity does not have a single expression, but can be lived in different ways, given that each charism responds to a call from God and has its own beauty.
Is a society based entirely on the Gospel a fundamentalist society?
No. Fundamentalism is the denial of a person's freedom before religion. Nomadelfia exists today because it is inserted in a context in which the state guarantees respect for the freedom of thought, expression and association of the person.
Furthermore, the evangelical logic of universal love excludes fundamentalism a priori: the Gospel is proposed and not imposed, since it is not possible to impose, through institutions, what by its nature must be freely accepted.
State institutions must respect the principle of freedom of personal choice. Don Zeno, in a letter to La Pira, wrote: "We must not make a Christian state, but for everyone", that is, the state is and must remain secular. Nomadelfia in fact does not deny the principle of secularism of the state, understood as neutrality of the state in the face of religions and the principle of subsidiarity. Just to fully realize the freedom of personal choice, Nomadelfia is in favor of a model of secularism that respects the freedom of thought, expression and religious profession, in which the person remains in the right to bring his own vision of justice and ethics also in the political life of the state.
What does Nomadelfia have to say to those who are atheists or to those of another religion?
The founding values of Nomadelfia are valid also outside the Church, as the principles of solidarity and fraternity can be accepted even by those who do not believe.
We ask those who are atheists or agnostics to value what unites us, taking from the experience of Nomadelfia those universal values that put man at the center; including love, fraternal union, justice, solidarity, equality, subsidiarity, which have a universal language and go beyond religion.
... And if a boy who comes of age decides to leave the community, or wants to go to university?
No one can be forced to choose a vocation if he does not feel it his own or if he wishes to have other experiences. The boys who left Nomadelfia have had many different experiences: university, mission, volunteering, traineeships, work, Erasmus ... And Nomadelfia will always be their family. Like all the guys who go to study or work away from home, they come back to us on the weekend or when they want or need to be with the family for a while.
What happens when a Nomadelfo wants to leave?
He is not required to give explanations but only to give reasonable notice, so that his duties are not discovered. The community gives him the time and the means to find a job and a home.
If there is no private property, can personal items such as photos, books, souvenirs, clothing, etc. be kept?
Yes of course. The ownership of houses, cars, electrical appliances, means of production, furniture is communal, but you cannot live without personal objects. The principle of sobriety and responsible administration always applies, in the sense that everyone regulates himself in assessing whether the objects in his possession really serve him or can make them available to those who need them most.
Can you listen to music and own CDs or Mp3 players?
Of course, respecting others and the educational lines of the parents of the community.
Is there a censorship in Nomadelfia?
No, there is free access to information and sport. Like many other parents, in Nomadelfia we decided to limit access to films and entertainment programs that can have rude or violent messages, also to encourage children to play, move and live outdoors. Adult programs are also chosen by mutual agreement, so that they can please everyone and not offend anyone's sensitivity.
Can you have a cell phone or use the internet, social networks, e-mail accounts?
By educational choice, access to social networks and mobile phone at the age of majority.
By what criteria are family groups formed?
Based on the size and availability of the bedrooms, first of all, but other elements may take over: mobility needs by elderly or disabled people, balance between families with small children and mature families, etc ...
When and how much do you pray in Nomadelfia?
There are two moments of community prayer: the evening before going to table, and Sunday mass. Being a population of families, we cannot ask ourselves and our children more than what is required of every lay Christian. Of course everyone is free to find moments of personal prayer, facilitated by the presence of the chapel in the family group. However, our spirituality urges us to live every moment of life as a prayer.
Are there non-Catholics or mixed couples in Nomadelfia?
They may be present as guests, but to become part of Nomadelfia as effective members it is necessary to share the foundations of life, which for us are represented by the Catholic faith.
Are all spouses obliged to take foster children?
Yes. Welcoming abandoned children is considered an act of justice and fraternity which is an integral part of this vocation.
Are Nomadelfi required to pay all their assets to the common fund?
Yes, the moment you sign the constitution and you become an actual Nomadelfi. The assets of the Postulants, however, are frozen until they have made a definitive decision regarding their vocation.
Is Nomadelfia an autarchic economy?
No, it is not and does not want to be. We must and want to relate to the outside also from an economic point of view, buying raw materials and selling products.
Selling is a means, not the end of our life, and the principle of universal destination of goods remains firm, as part of our production is given to those in need. In determining the price we try to avoid speculation by adhering to some fundamental principles: the dignity of the worker, his family and respect for the laws; the quality of the product, the workforce, the material used, respect for the environment, competition, the local economy and the destination of the goods sold (is it a basic necessity? Who can afford it and who cannot?)
Nomadelfia and politics
Nomadelfia did not directly fall into politics, it does not rely on any party or movement. However, politics is always of interest to us, as it is an activity aimed at satisfying everyone's needs. The real politics is not what you see on TV, but consists in living for your ideals, through a concrete and coherent testimony and this is what we do and propose, through unconventional, but still effective channels.
Are Nomadelfi qualified to raise children who have suffered abandonment, abuse, mistreatment or other difficulties in behavior and relationships?
Minors who arrive in Nomadelfia are entrusted by the juvenile court after an evaluation of the case and are followed by social services, which assist us with specific skills when needed. If the situation requires it, we can also resort to further support from external specialists.
Furthermore, it must be recognized that family love and the serenity of an educating environment are the indispensable elements for raising a child, even and especially if this comes from difficult situations. Knowledge is not enough to educate children, just as love is not: both are indispensable, but in the first place there must always be love and Nomadelfia can count on a rather long experience in this field.
Each child is his or her own, there is no formula of intervention that is the same for everyone, but for each one the most appropriate path is chosen, placing the boy's good at the center.
Do Nomadelfia children grow up indoors?
Some ask us if, by raising children in a closed environment with the same people who married the same principles, there is no risk that they become social misfits. This thought arises from the fact that there is a tendency to give a lot of value to the plurality of educational voices and, in this perspective, the homogeneity of values would be seen as a loss of wealth.
First of all, our experience of eighty years shows that children generally manage to insert themselves in society in a serene way and that sharing the educational model does not cancel out the diversity of each member of the community.
In the family group, the child continually confronts adults with different characters, different ways of approaching, behaving, imposing rules, expressing their affection, etc. The change in family groups also ensures that this diversity is continually enriched. And at school, when bullying, bullying or when the insertion of a "new" creates some friction, these phenomena can be better controlled in an environment with a greater link between school and family.
Finally, it should be noted that a lot of guests pass through Nomadelfia, so our children do not lack the opportunities to compare and measure themselves with peers who live differently. The fact that contrasts, differences of views may arise, should not be seen as a limit, but as a training opportunity, which is inevitable in life.
In this context, educational homogeneity becomes a wealth, in that it guarantees that children, while facing a certain diversity, grow up with a strong identity. This prepares them to face the challenges that external society asks them to live as protagonists and not misfits.
And to make them see this we try to show that in the world there are different currents of thought, gradually and according to age. This is a not indifferent effort, because it requires a continuous comparison, to find uniform lines and at the same time to highlight the motivation of our choices.
It is important to underline that children are not educated to become Nomadelfi, because it is a vocational and free choice. Our educational purpose is to train men who are capable of being protagonists of their lives, approaching problems critically, and who have made their own the values of the dignity of the person, fraternity, solidarity and justice.
Are civil values neglected in family school?
The family school of Nomadelfia welcomes the educational objectives of the public school, in particular the transmission of civil values such as solidarity, respect for institutions, legality, non-violence and respect for diversity. These values are enriched by those typical of the Christian message, including forgiveness and love of neighbor. The possibility of enriching this teaching by transmitting other values is however part of the parents' freedom to educate their children, a constitutionally guaranteed right.