“A layman and a guide of laymen”. Back in 1986, this is how St John Paul II referred to our founder. This description has become more relevant than ever because of the increased desire of laymen to have a mission to complete in the world, and because of the belief of religious people that each for his own part helps keep alive the spirit of St Jerome. A “Council of the Somascan Laity” brings together all kinds of lay people who intend to walk the same path. Although local experiences may vary, the red thread of Somascan charisma brings together lay teachers, parishioners, and the workers and the volunteers of the homeless shelters. That highlights the fact that what unites them is far greater than what divides them.