The Centro Pro Unione is born from the ecumenical charism of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, a branch of the Franciscan family founded by Fr. Paul Wattson and Mother Lurana White at the end of the XIX century.
The Society of the Atonement, Brothers and Sisters, are founded in Graymoor, NY (USA). The community is present in North America, Europe, and Asia.
In Italy the friars conduct a franciscan youth vocational activity, which can be seen thru the related website their news and activities.