ASSOCIATION FOR CHRISTIAN ACTION
Books on a
prophetic work risen in Assisi more than
thirty years ago, which is involving the world.
( International Association for Christian Action), began at
the end of the 70's, when Marcello
Ciai, a business-man from Assisi, decided to dedicate his life
to comprehending and living the message of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, renouncing the love for money and success. Marcello Ciai
succeeded in forming a small community of people who shared his
choice; the inspiration of his life is the Benedictine rule
"orat et labora". IACA originates thus from the desire
to spread the spiritual principles which animate Marcello Ciai's
choice, and to extend the community.
3000 people are associated to the IACA, which enters in the
Register of Associations of Voluntary-service and has two
locations, one in Assisi and the
other one in Gaiche of Piegaro, where
besides the reception of the associates they also take care of foreigners, needy
and handicapped people or those afflicted by particular
diseases, offering the first-aid of board and lodging in
emergency-cases and giving hospitality to whoever wants to restore
himself physically and spiritually. Moreover IACA collaborates for the environmental protection and safeguard and for
the security-service of fire-fighting.
the various jobs the associates do in the category of
agricultural-, handicraft- and zootechnical activities, are the
care of the breeding of the
dogs, a breed, it is said, which is particularly suited to
and people with psychological problems, and also the breeding
of Chinchillas for
project IACA actually
is trying to realize, concerns a construction, at Gaiche (a hamlet
of Piegaro on the hills above Lake Trasimeno, in the province of
Perugia), to be assigned for a center of research and
assistance for patients afflicted by the Alzheimer-disease.
This is a project tor which the founder, Marcello Ciai, is
particularly committed, because his mother, Rina Ricciarelli Ciai,
who died at the age of 84 years, was afflicted for the last 15
years of her life with this awful disease.
information on the association, the story, organisation, aims and
protagonists you can find on: www.iacaassisi.org