In The Beginning
In 1974-75, our founder, Fr. Ricardo Arganaraz had a powerful spiritual experience. In response, he and three others withdrew to a secluded, mountainous location in Northern Italy called Camparmò. There, they dedicated themselves to a life of prayer, work and study.
In the solitude of those early years, the founding elements of the new community were set in place: prayer; listening to the Word of God; experiencing the gifts of the Holy Spirit; brotherly friendship; accepting one another and trust in the providential hand of God.
On the occasion of a pilgrimage to Loreto (Italy) on January 1st 1979 Fr. Ricardo and his little community conclusively received from the Lord that they were founded as a community whose name was to be “Koinonia John the Baptist” (Koinonia Giovanni Battista).
After these early years, the community responded to local people eager to experience God and friendship by expanding its evangelization outreach.