Economy of Communion: Let’s meet in San Antonio, TX on March 3-4, 2023

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We are happy to get together again for our first in-person meeting following the pandemic break. The Economy of Communion (EoC) is excited to be partnering with the Focolare Forum for Dialogue and Culture in organizing “A Hearth for the Human Family: Re-Imagining Dialogue in a Polarized World”. 

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, our world is marked by increasing social, economic, political, ethnic and religious divisions. Is it still possible to imagine paths for coming together even across profound differences? The EoC – together with the Focolare Movement and many other friends and partners – aims to rise to the challenge of re-imagining how to foster a spirit of mutual understanding, community, and commitment to justice, even amidst the tensions of our time. 

Join us for an interactive event that lifts up examples of these efforts in a variety of cultural, professional, social and religious settings. 

  • The EoC will animate two workshops on:
    • Business as a Place of Encounter and Dialogue
    • Re-thinking our Approach to Poverty
  • In addition, EOC entrepreneur John Mundell, recently nominated Director of the Laudato Si Action platform, will co-lead a session on Political Debate vs. Values-based Dialogue: Towards a More Holistic View of the Environment
  • We will also be holding meetings with existing and new participants in the EoC to share each other experiences, update one another on recent initiatives, and discuss possible future developments

The event is open to all. Consider inviting your friends and colleagues that share your passion for building a more fraternal world and for helping the poor – which is the EoC’s central mission – and who might be looking for new ways to make a difference in their communities and become more effective actors of dialogue and social development.

Space is limited, so register at your earliest convenience to secure your spot at the Forum.

We’re very much looking forward to meeting many of you in San Antonio,

Loretta Rauschuber
Nick Sanna
Christian Veldboer
Paul Catipon

(EoC Commission Members)

Join the Economy of Communion as we participate in the ‘A Heart for the Human Family: Re-Imagining Dialogue’ Forum

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The Economy of Communion will be featured in several sessions at the upcoming Forum “A Hearth for the Human Family: Re-Imaging Dialogue”. This event will serve as our annual meeting for the EoC in North America as well, and will provide opportunities for learning, for networking and exchange of experiences. We look forward to meeting many of you in person soon.

On behalf of EoC North America
Loretta Rauschuber, Nick Sanna, Paul Cation, Christian Veldboer

Webinar: EoC Startups Around the World

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If you are interested in learning about the development of new EoC businesses, this webinar is for you. Sophia University is hosting a webinar featuring the experience of three overseas EoC startups on:


Re-live the Celebrations for the 30 Years of the Economy of Communion

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The Economy of Communion (EoC) celebrates its 30 years of existence this year 2021. People from all over the world came together to celebrate this anniversary by remembering the original inspiration, by sharing reflections, lessons learned and experiences and by embracing new challenges.

You can join in the celebrations and learn more about the EoC through the videos of the international event that was broadcast live from Loppiano, Italy on May 29th, and through a North American get-together that was held on Sunday June 6th.

International celebration of the 30 years of the EoC
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North American get-together for the 30th anniversary
Start the video (1h15 min)

Join Us as we celebrate 30 years of the Economy of Communion

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Click here to join our zoom celebration on June 6th

Learn more about the international 30th anniversary on May 29 and register

[Video] Businesses for a Caring Economy

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On March 7th, 2021, the Economy of Communion sponsored a panel discussion that highlighted how businesses can help address economic injustice and promote inclusion. Representatives from several organizations presented their experience and engaged in a lively debate.

We work to harness the potential of the private sector, to create a capitalism that enables everyone economic participation, as well as economic dignity, while protecting the planet. (Meredith Sumpter)

Access the Video Here

The panel discussion was part of a larger event – A Hearth for the Human Family – that was organized by the Focolare Forum for Dialogue and Culture.

Featuring EoC Businesses – Communion Properties: Rebuilding homes and work opportunities

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Economy of Communion (EoC). On this occasion, we are featuring the experience of EoC entrepreneurs around the world through a webinar series. A March 11, 2021 webinar featured the story of Andy Gustafson, from Omaha Nebraska who is not only a Professor of Philosophy and Business Ethics at Creighton University but also the owner of a real estate company called Communion Properties.

His company aims to renovate old buildings and provide job opportunities for people in need, that may struggle with unemployment or various forms of addiction, and rent them to families that may otherwise not be able to afford quality housing. This virtuous circle contributes to revitalization of the community in which these activities happen.

Watch the webinar to hear more about his story.

Video: Economy of Communion Business Network Growing in New York

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The Economy of Communion in North America held its first of a series of bi-monthly meetings in 2021 on January 16.

Paul Catipon of Netpro Communications

Paul Catipon, President of Netpro Communication, an innovative and rapidly growing full-service IT consulting firm based in New York City, shared how the inclusive business practices inspired by the Economy of Communion (EoC) are put in practice by a growing number of businesses and people in the city.

Catipon says: “Instead of running the EoC principles by myself, can we involve other companies?” He then explained the network of relationships formed and the various initiatives that became the answer to that question.

The meeting agenda also included a reflection on the meaning of ‘poverty’ in the EoC, a few experiences from current and former entrepreneurs, as well as introductions to ‘The Economy of Francesco‘ and ‘The Hearth of a Human Family’, of which the EoC is a contributing partner.

Watch the Video Here

Join Us For Our First Economy of Communion Meeting of 2021

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Dear friends of the Economy of Communion (EoC),

Happy New Year, with our best wishes of good health, happiness and prosperity in 2021. We hope that this will be a year of progressive, yet strong recovery from the pandemic and the economic, human and social challenges that came with it. May the year also bring renewal and growth to our relationships, within and around the businesses and the organizations that we are part of, so that they can be ever more authentic and fraternal.

Join us for our first online EoC meeting of the year on Saturday, January 16th, 2021 from 2-3 pm ET.


#7 Key to Business Survival: Cultivating”Communication” EoC Monthly Webinar November 4, 2020

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November 3 , 2020


Come join the Monthly EoC North America Webinar Wed, Nov. 4, 10am, EST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This time of ongoing pandemic uncertainty is the best time to return to the foundational principles and practices on “How to Be an EoC Business.”

Economy of Communion firms are committed to living by seven principles known by colors. This vision is articulated by Focolare/EoC founder Chiara Lubich:

Love is light, it is like a ray of light that passes through a drop of water and opens out to display a rainbow, whose seven colors we admire…. And just as the rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, love, the life of Jesus in us, is manifested in different colors; it is expressed in various ways, each one different from the others.

A New Way, p, 76

In November, we will be reflecting on the color “violet”, “Communication.” Rev. Jon Hokama , EoC Coordinator, Co-founder of Papa’s Home International and management consultant, will be our presenter.

Living with this pandemic has shown us that “Communication”–building relational capital– is not just a “nice to have” but essential to cultivate our businesses to help our people to counteract the anxiety, loneliness, and stresses of the pandemic, whether we are at working and schooling at home, working in the office, juggling jobs or unemployed.

This month Jon will walk you through this  “Communication” assessment to reflect on your own work situation and explore steps to improve it:

* What is relationship capital? How do you observe and measure it? 

* What can you do to create an environment to build relationship capital with internal stakeholders? 

* What can you do to create an environment to build relationship capital with external stakeholders? 

* What are examples of matching needs and benefits both locally and internationally?

* How might this “culture of communion” help you to find common projects to build unity in a divided country and a divided world?

We encourage you to see the full description and come ready to take an assessment of your workplace tomorrow using this “Communication”  assessment.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP to register for  our “Communication” webinar on Wed. Nov. 4, 10am EST.

FUTURE DATES: Here is the final dates for the remaining EoC webinar in 2020:

  • Wed., Dec. 2, 10am EST: “2020 Wrap-up/2021 Preview”


FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Email Jon Hokama at eocassoc@gmail.com or jon@jonhokama.net.