Parco San Josemaría Escrivá (Marina di Massa, Italy)
The Magliano Park, in the Tuscan town of Marina di Massa, is now called Parco San Josemaría Escrivá since December 10. It consists of a three-hectare public space with a children’s playground, a bar and a restaurant. It has two entrances; one overlooks the sea and the other looks out to the nearby hills. The initiative to give the park its new name came from a group of friends who have been meeting for some years to learn about the teachings of St. Josemaría and to try to practice and spread them.
Taking part in the inauguration of the park were the Bishop of Massa, Fra Mario Vaccari, the Vicar of Opus Dei in Italy, Fr. Normann Insam, the mayor, Franesco Persiani, and other civil authorities. After the ceremony, the parish of San Giuseppe ai Ronchi hosted a meeting in which Roberta and Salvo Maccarone, both doctors from Pisa, the actress Giorgia Morese from Pietrasanta, the priest Michele Dolz and other people from neighboring cities such as Lucca and Pistoia, described the work of Opus Dei in Tuscany and in Italy through their own lived experience. At the end Fra Mario Vaccari again took the floor to express his personal debt of gratitude to The Way, a book he discovered when he was a university student, and his joy at the “pearl” found in the commitment of so many faithful to live the charism of St. Josemaría in the diocese of Massa.
Romana, n. 75, July-December 2022, p. 215.