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Centro Studi Gioachimiti – San Giovanni in Fiore (Cosenza)
IN the Casali del Manco and on their mountain territories the young Gioacchino di Celico, later Gioacchino da Fiore, lived his childhood, his adolescence and part of his very first youth, until he was introduced by his father to the Royal court of Palermo to operate with the notaries of the king. He also returned as an adult to these places, the first time he returned from his journey in the Peleponnese with the notaries Peregrino and Santoro, to cure himself of a contracted illness, and a second time to meet the Father who gave him up for dead, after he had made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He paid particular attention to these territories even in the last years of his life, when, as Abate of Fiore, he began to buy lands, mills, oaks, vineyards, etc., near the Cardone, Fiumicello and Ispica streams, to establish two new important Florentine foundations, the first in Vico Turzano (today Borgo Partenope), around the church of San Nicola dei Bottuli, and the second in Canale di Pietrafitta, around the church of San Martino di Iove. The religious progress imagined by Gioacchino was addressed to the whole society of Christians, which invited to live as Christians practicing by example, wherever they were and in particular in his institutes active in the oratories and in the Florensian religious houses, which were the fulcrums of the model a congregative proposed by him, where everyone could live as a single body and a single soul, helping each other, and charitably, invoking God’s mercy towards the future.
Gioacchino da Fiore developed his religious project along the ancient road that led from Fiumefreddo to Cosenza and from there it went up towards the springs of the river Crati and crossed over into the valley of the Arvo river, reaching Fiore, and from here it descended into the valley of the river Neto up to its mouth. To concretize his project, the Abbot Gioacchino da Fiore purchased and received donations from various inhabitants of the Casali del Manco, which take the form of places from his childhood. The same ones that the Abbot traveled as a Religious, preaching the construction of the kingdom of God on Earth, as a prelude to conquer eternal life, respecting the judgments of the God. Going through the earthly and spiritual paths of Joachim can help you immerse yourself in the light of his theology of history derived from the Gospels, the only lighthouse that leads to the Heavenly Jerusalem, a place where every Christian aspires to live for eternity.