Fr. Fabio Ciardi, OMI, is professor of theology of consecrated life at the Claretianum Institute and at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. Born in Prato in 1948, he belongs to the Oblate Missionaries of Immaculate Mary. He is a consultant at the Institutes Congregation of the consecrated life and of the Societies of the apostolic life. Fr. Ciardi is a member of the Focolare's interdisciplinary school of thought, the Abba School.