Being One

An international magazine of spirituality and ministry for diocesan priests, deacons and seminarians


Being One

is the English version of the Italian magazine “Gens” which is produced by the Priests’ Branch of the Focolare Movement and published by Città Nuova. The Gens magazine first started in 1971 as a way of connecting seminarians throughout the world who belonged to the Focolare and who had found in the life of the Gospel and in movement’s communitarian spirituality of unity a solid foundation for their own lives as well as a motivation for living as a “new generation of priests”.

As these first seminarians entered the ordained ministry as priests, some of whom would later become bishops and theologians, the magazine broadened its scope to become a forum to express life and ideas rooted in the ecclesial, ministerial and pastoral issues affecting the Church in the post-Vatican II era.

Each issue of the magazine deals with a specific theme, e.g. The Church in Outreach, The Parish, The Eucharist and its Social Impact, and has hosted a variety of writers and thinkers such as Chiara Lubich, Pasquale Foresi, Igino Giordani, German bishop and theologian Klaus Hemmerle, Italian theologian Piero Coda, Fr. Silvano Cola, Fr. Toni Weber and many others. As well as papal pronouncements, an essential element of each issue are the testimonies and interviews of people involved on the ground with pastoral work, dialogue and living out priestly ministry as a service for the Church and humanity.

The English print version began in 2000 and it is hoped to add more back issues to the archive over time.

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The Editors