Our community began in 1961 in Solothurn with Adelia Firetti, a young teacher from Piacenza. She arrived in Switzerland invited by the Scalabrinian Missionaries to teach the children of migrants, but also because she was moved by a deep search for faith. Due to difficulties which occurred with the institutions, the school was in fact not opened.
Facing a future which was not unfolding according to her expectations, Adelia perceived that the deeper choice that she had to make was to be rooted in a vertical relationship of faith with God, from whom she could receive that direction on how she desired to spend her life. In this experience she could feel the presence of the loving Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected, who was calling her to follow Him in an unconditional surrender of her life.
"It was July 25. A mixture of feelings, between fear and trust, were going through me. That God who had led me this far made me perceive the presence full of love of his crucified and risen Son. In that moment of prayer I spoke my yes to him, handing him over my life completely.
This secret vow became my reference point and my hope: no matter what would happen, and anything could happen, I was in the hands of God and this for ever. I entrusted myself to Him and this was my strength and my joy".