David Maria Turoldo (1916-1992), a member of the order of Friar Servants of Mary, a poet and a well-known preacher, played a leading role in Italy for the generation that, after the end of Fascism, worked to establish  new shapes in contemporary Church and society, in order to fulfil a demand for Gospel, justice and democracy.
The research about Turoldo’s life (1916-1964) focuses on its first period, with the purpose of providing documents on the stages of a path which, after the proper education within the Servite order, brought him to take part in some of the most significant episodes of Italian Catholicism over the 1940s and 50s. Such were for instance  the Resistance and the cultural activities of the
Milanese “Corsia dei Servi”; the Christian and social community of Nomadelfia, founded by don Zeno Saltini; the Florentine religious milieu, where Turoldo got acquainted and collaborated with Giorgio la Pira and Lorenzo Milani.
Turoldo participated to this ecclesial season with a passionate commitment, experiencing different languages (from poetry to essays, from drama to film direction) that favoured his becoming a central figure – either inspiring assent or provoking fractures  – not only within the Catholic circle.
The year 1964, defining the dead-line of the research, marks Turoldo’s arrival to Fontanella di Sotto il Monte (Bergamo) and the beginning of a community life where he could experience that ecclesial renewal he strongly had wished for, and then blossoming on the wave of John XXIII’s teaching and of the Second Vatican Council.