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  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Christ is risen! Dear sister and dear brother, Once again the time has arrived that introduces us to and prepares us for Christmas. This year however has been especially meaningful and marked by events that have engaged the entire Federation. The memory of the pastors meeting in the sanctuary of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico at the beginning of the year is still very much alive in our hearts. Responding ... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear sisters and brothers, Fr. Alvaro Grammatica's book "Sul sentiero di Papa Francesco" (roughly translated as "In the footsteps of Pope Francis") was presented on Saturday the 9th of November in Padua, Italy. For the occasion cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio gave a talk about the pontiff. The journalist Gianluca Versace was the moderator of the event. The theme at the center of the conference was: "To understand Pope Francis and his teaching, it is necessary to understand... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! A year and a half ago, the brothers and sisters from Koinonia in Ireland had the 'crazy' idea of a youth project, bringing young people from different denominations together in for fun, faith and friendship. In a year we've brought together more than a hundred young people from the different communities in NI, together with volunteers from across the globe, and from across the generations. On 16th May the project "FEARLESS Youth" won first place in the Irish Youth Ministry Awa... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters of Koinonia John the Baptist, This year we celebrate the feast of the birth of the Precursor together with the fortieth anniversary of journeying together as a community. In the Bible, forty is a number that expresses fulfilment and maturity. On this occasion my hope for each one of us is this: that the blessing contained in the name “John”, that “God is gracious”, is fully experienced in our lives and in those most precarious situations for which we... [read more]
  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, We find an expression in the Gospels which is typical of biblical thematic development regarding retribution: that is, everyone bears the weight of his or her own sins. Because of this, you can’t shift the blame or responsibility on to others, something which is supported in a theology of retribution which is very in vogue today. This theology remains characterist... [read more]
  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Christ is risen!   This verse interprets very well for us what our attitude of faith should be: remembering what we were, and remembering what God has done for us. Our faithfulness depends on this memory. This is why the biblical text continuously invites us to observe the commands of the Lord and to walk in his ways with holy fear (cf. Dt 8:6). I think that faithfulness originates in this retroacti... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, We are happy to share with you the latest newsletter from our brothers and sisters in South Africa.
  • Christ is risen! Dear friends, On this day we remember the birth of John the Baptist, our patron saint. May each one of us be re-strengthened on our path, following the one who, in both words and witness of life, revealed and pointed out the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Happy Feast Day to each one of you, Fr. Alvaro Grammatica  
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, On Sunday 25th February, our brother Valér, from the Oasis of Camparmò, took his first vows in the presence of the whole Koinonia of Camparmò. Let us accompany Valér with our prayers so that the Lord may sustain his call with the gift of faithfulness and perseverance.
  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, We live in a time full of vitality; a time that I consider beautiful and exciting. We, as Koinonia, don’t take any part in negative, anguished visions, instead we have a serene expectation of the coming of the Lord. Certainly things aren’t easy, problems don’t have simple solutions and evil spreads rapidly, but the sun is always present despite the fleeting clouds... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! On 3rd December 2017, the Founder of Koinonia John the Baptist, Fr. Ricardo Argañaraz, inaugurated the new center of the reality of Prešov (Slovakia). A week later, on 10th December 2017, His Excellency Ján Babjak, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Prešov, consecrated the new chapel dedicated to John the Baptist, within that same center. Fr. Alvaro Grammatica, General Moderator, the coordinator of the reality of Prešov, Fr. Anton Pariľák and ot... [read more]
  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Advent - a time of expectation At a doctrinal level we know that Advent is a reminder of the Incarnation, but at an existential level can we still expect something new? It is a question that dwells in our hearts and often pops up in the various difficulties of daily life. We are so oppressed by the various demands of life that what we’re missing is the hope that something can still change. We are a little b... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, On Saturday 11th November, our brother Enrique took his final vows in Mexico City. Various leaders of Koinonia John the Baptist were there, as well as relatives and friends of the candidate and members of the local community. Let us accompany Enrique with our prayers so that the Lord may sustain his call with the gift of faithfulness. Here are a few pictures of the ceremony:
  • Cristo è risorto! Dear brothers and sisters, We are happy to share with you the news of the vows taken by our brothers and sisters during the Summer time: - on 25th June, our sister Anastasia took her first vows for three years in the Oasis of Biella, Italy; - on 30th July, Michele took vows for three years in the Oasis of Rome, Italy; - on 15th August, in the Oasis of Nowy Radzic, Poland, our brother Arek took his first vows for three years, Daniel renewed his vows for another three years ... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, On Tuesday 25th April, in our Oasis of Lourdes Mission (South Africa), our brother Franklin made his request to enter community for one year in the presence of our Pastor General. We are happy to share some pictures with you:
  • Christ is risen! Our Mexican community held a regional congress in Sabinas (Coahuila) on March 25-26. 1300 brothers and sisters participated in the event, in the presence of Bishop Alonso Garza (Bishop of Piedras Negras), and Fr. Ricardo Argañaraz (Founder of Koinonia John the Baptist). They were joined by Fr. Corrado (Pastor of the Oasis of Guadalajara) and Frs. Claudio and Artur from our American Oases. On March 27, the Centre of the School of Evangelisation was blessed in the... [read more]
  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Christ is risen! “You are salt for the earth... You are light for the world…” (cf. Mt 5:13-16) This biblical passage from Matthew places us in the heart of the message of the Beatitudes. This is when Jesus, as the new Moses on the mountain of Gospel revelation, communicates the precepts of the New Law to his disciples. In reality, they are not actually precepts. It is more accurate to describe them as a new... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, We're happy to give you the following news: - On Thursday 12th January four brothers from the Oasis of Meghnagar (North India) took their first vows for three years, and two sisters made their request to enter community for one year. - On Sunday morning, 15th January, two brothers from the Oasis of Krishnagiri (India South) made their first vows for three years. On Sunday afternoon, the first stone of the future Oasis was laid in the presence of ... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, In a joyful celebration on Saturday 7th January in the Oasis of Los Angeles, our brother Janči (from Slovakia) made his perpetual vows, while our sister Itzel took her first vows for three years. José requested to be admitted in the internal community for the trial year. Both Itzel and Jose are vocations from California. The ceremony took place in the presence of Bishop David O’Connell, the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. May the Lord seal these vo... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear friends, On Saturday 10th December 2016, two brothers and two sisters took vows in the Parish of Saint Peter in Tiberias. They pronounced their vows in the presence of Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa (Apostolic Administrator of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem), our founder Fr. Ricardo and our Pastor General Fr. Alvaro, as well as Fr. Giuseppe (Pastor of the Oasis of Tiberias) members of the local community and numerous relatives and friends of those who made vows. Our L... [read more]
  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, We are about to begin the liturgical season of Advent, a time that calls us to focus on the anticipation and welcome of God’s gift in the person of Jesus. Advent is not merely about remembering. Instead it calls us to adopt an attitude of willingly welcoming what God has prepared for us. For us as the people of Koinonia John the Baptist, Advent signifies an antic... [read more]
  • Born on 21st August 1963 - Returned to the Father on 22nd November 2016 Coordinator of the Region of Krakow and National Coordinator of the School of New Evangelisation in Poland Before meeting our community, Andrzej Wójtowicz had some experiences with "Campus Crusade for Christ" and "Youth with a Mission" movements. He took part in a training led by Yonggi Cho. He was part of the National Coordination of the Charismatic Renewal, as well as being member the National Congregation of the Lead... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters, On Sunday 13th December 2016, 3 of our Mexican brothers, Pedro, Lalo and Cristian proclaimed their perpetual vows in the hands of our general pastor, Fr. Alvaro. The celebration took place during the regional Mexican congress in Patzcuaro, Michoacán, with 6500 participants. The respective pastors of the candidates, Fr. Sandro, Fr. Fabrizio and Fr. Adriano were present besides Fr. Corrado, pastor of the Oasis of Guadalajara and delegate for the whole ... [read more]
  • On Sunday July 10, our brother Esteban proclaimed his perpetual vows in our community in Guadalajara (Mexico). Our sisters Teresita and Liz made their first vows for a period of three years. Fr. Giuseppe and Fr. Corrado as well as many members of the community in Mexico and family members were present for the celebration. We are greatly thankful to the Lord and to all those who played their part in the celebration.
  • Dear friends, With joy, we would to share the news of two beautiful events with you. On 1st May, our sister Zuzka took the perpetual vows of virginity for the Kingdom of Heaven, evangelical poverty and docility. The event took place in our parish in Brooklyn (New York), in the presence of our Founder, Fr. Ricardo, and brothers and sisters of the community. On Pentecost Sunday (15th May) 4 brothers and sisters also committed to virginity for the Kingdom of Heaven, poverty and docility in Pil... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! Dear brothers and sisters! We would like to share this short video with you from our Childrens' Christmas Party, held here at Lourdes Mission in South Africa. It's now become an annual event and we have called it "Jabuland" which means "land of joy". Thank you for your support. Your friends in Lourdes Mission
  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Christ is Risen! “But when he came to himself he said… I will get up and go to my father” (Lk 15:17-18) The message of mercy resounds strongly during the Lent of this jubilee year. We can offer many definitions and many images to explain what it is, but for Koinonia what does the word “mercy” suggest to us? The Parable of the Prodigal Son (cf. Lk 15:11-32) offers us with a response. Mercy is to return to t... [read more]
  • Christ is risen! It is with great joy that we share with you some news from our realities in India: - On Wednesday 20th January our brother Rathin from the Oasis of Krishnagiri (South India) took vows for three years. - On Wednesday 27th January the new chapel of the reality of Bakrol (approx. 200km West from Jhabua) was consecrated by Archbishop Thomas Macwan, Archbishop of Gandhinagar, and in the presence of the Bishop of Udaipur and the new Bishop of Jhabua. - On Thursday 28th January, in... [read more]
  • To all the brothers and sisters of the Oases - Realities of Koinonia John the Baptist Christ is risen! While I write this letter for this forthcoming Advent, I find myself a pilgrim in Israel. I have just concluded a visit to Nazareth. Tomorrow visits to the Mount of the Beatitudes and Capernaum await me as I continue on my journey. As a result, my thoughts surround this spiritual latitude and I can be nothing other than deeply influenced by it. Here everything speaks of proclamation and wel... [read more]
  • Full of gratitude to the Lord for his faithfulness, I am pleased to share details with you of two recent events within the Koinonia: During a celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday 10th October 2015, our brother Fr. Gionata, pastor of the Oasis of Recanati, was installed as parish priest of the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Poggio di Bretta (Ascoli Piceno). The installation was presided over by Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole (Bishop of Ascoli) in the presence of many brothers and sisters of the... [read more]
  • (Testimony of a cancer healing - Lioba Radke, 20 years consecrated in the Catholic community ‘Koinonia John the Baptist’, has lived in Jerusalem since 2006) Until now I knew of cancer only by hearsay. It is true that we have had brothers and sisters who have suffered from this disease, in particular Fr. Emanuele. However, I had never experienced this serious illness first hand. But all this changed unexpectedly this year. Last autumn I began having some discomfort in my colon. Initially I blam... [read more]