- 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 14 - Grosseto GR
58100 - Italy
via Casale San Michele, 46 - Rome
00135 - Italy
Does Nomadelfia want to export its model to the whole society?
Nomadelfia is a personal vocation, which has in it the desire to be communicated, without impositions. Our intent is not that the whole world becomes Nomadelfia, but to demonstrate with works that it is possible to live the Gospel socially in everyday life. Each one, according to his own abilities, possibilities and sensibilities, can understand and implement the evangelical 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, since each charism responds to a call from God and has its own beauty.
Is a society entirely based on the Gospel a fundamentalist society?
No. Fundamentalism is the denial of the freedom of the person in front of religion. Today Nomadelfia exists because it is inserted in a context in which the State guarantees respect for the freedoms of thought, expression and association of the person.
Furthermore, the evangelical logic of universal love excludes a priori fundamentalism: the Gospel proposes itself and does not impose itself, 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 secularity of the State, understood as neutrality of the state in the face of religions and the principle of subsidiarity. Precisely in order to more 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 those of another religion?
The founding values of Nomadelfia are also valid outside the Church, as the principles of solidarity and fraternity can be accepted even by those who do not believe.
To those who are atheists or agnostics we ask them to value what unites us, capturing 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 obliged to choose a vocation if he does not feel it is his own or if he wishes to have other experiences. The boys who left Nomadelfia have had many different experiences: university, mission, volunteer work, internships, work, Erasmus ... And Nomadelfia will always be their family. Like all the boys who go to study or work away from home, they come back to us on weekends or when they want or need to be with the family.
What happens when a Nomadelfo wants to leave?
He is not obliged to give explanations but only to give reasonable notice, so that his duties do not remain uncovered. The community gives him the time and the means to find a job and a home.
If there is no private property, can you keep personal items such as photos, books, memories, clothes, etc ...?
Yes of course. Ownership of houses, cars, appliances, means of production, furniture is community, but you cannot live without objects for personal use. The principle of sobriety and responsible administration is always valid, 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 most in need.
Can you listen to music and have CDs or MP3 players?
Of course, respecting the others and the educational lines of the parents of the community.
Is there censorship in Nomadelfia?
No, there is free access to information and sport. Like many other parents, in Nomadelfia we have decided to limit access to films and entertainment programs that can have educational or violent messages, also to encourage children to play, move and live outdoors. Even adult programs are chosen by mutual agreement, so that they can please everyone and not offend anyone's sensitivity.
Can you have a mobile phone or use the internet, social networks, e-mail accounts?
By educational choice, you can access social networks and mobile phones at the age of majority.
On the basis of what criteria are family groups formed?
Based on the size and availability of the bedrooms, first and foremost, but other elements can take over: mobility needs from elderly or disabled people, balance between families with small children and mature families, etc ...
When and how much do you pray to Nomadelfia?
There are two moments of community prayer: the evening before going to the table, and Sunday mass. Being a family population, we cannot ask ourselves and our children more than what is required of every lay Christian. Naturally 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 fundamentals 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 that is an integral part of this vocation.
Are the Nomadelfi required to pay all their assets to the mutual fund?
Yes, when you sign the constitution and become a Nomadelfi actual. The assets of the Postulants, on the other hand, are frozen until they have made a final decision regarding their vocation.
Is Nomadelfia an autarkic economy?
No, it is not, nor does it want to be. We must and we want to relate with the outside also from the economic point of view, buying the raw materials and selling the products.
The sale 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 necessity? Who can afford it and who is not?)
Nomadelfia and politics
Nomadelfia is not directly involved in 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. True politics is not what we see on TV, but consists in living for our ideals, through a concrete and coherent testimony, and this is what we do and propose, through unconventional but still effective channels.
Are the Nomadelfi qualified to raise children who have been abandoned, abused, mistreated or have other behavioral and relationship difficulties?
Minors arriving 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 additional support from external specialists.
Furthermore it must be recognized that the love of family and the serenity of an educating environment are the indispensable elements for raising a child, also and above all if this comes from difficult situations. Knowledge is not enough to educate children, as love is not only: 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.
Every child is his own, there is no equal intervention formula for everyone, but for each one you choose the most appropriate path, focusing on the good of the boy.
Do the children of Nomadelfia grow up indoors?
Some ask us if, by raising children in a closed environment with the same people who have embraced the same principles, there is no risk of them becoming social misfits. This thought arises from the fact that there is a tendency to give much value to the plurality of educational voices and, from this point of view, the homogeneity of values would be seen as a loss of wealth.
First of all, our eighty-year experience shows that children are generally able to enter 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 himself with adults with different characters, different ways of approaching, of behaving, of imposing rules, of manifesting his affection, etc. The change in family groups then ensures that this diversity is continuously enriched. And at school, when phenomena of bullying or bullying occur or when the insertion of a "new" creates some friction, these phenomena can be kept under control much better in an environment with a greater link between school and family.
Finally, it should be noted that a large number of guests pass through Nomadelfia, so our children do not lack opportunities to confront and compete with peers who live differently. The fact that contrasts can arise, differences of view, should not be seen as a limit, but as an educational opportunity, which is inevitable in life.
In this context, educational homogeneity becomes a richness, as it guarantees that children, while facing a certain diversity, grow with a strong identity. This prepares them to face the challenges that the 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 considerable effort, because it requires a continuous comparison, to find unitary lines and at the same time highlight the motivation of our choices.
It is important to emphasize that children are not educated to become Nomadelfi, because it is a vocational and free choice. Our educational aim is to train men capable of being protagonists of their own lives, critically approaching problems, and having their own values of the dignity of the person, of fraternity, of solidarity and of justice.
Are civil values neglected in the family school?
The family school of Nomadelfia welcomes the educational goals of public schools, especially the transmission of civil values such as solidarity, respect for institutions, legality, non-violence and respect for the different. 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 in any case part of the freedom to educate parents about children, a constitutionally guaranteed right.