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Traditional Athenaeum of the Idente Family and Idente Youth in Javier (Pamplona, Spain)

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On Sunday, December 16, for another year, in the Diocesan Center of Xavier, the Idente missionaries and the Idente Youth of Javier and Pamplona celebrated the Christmas Athenaeum as a prelude to these festivities, assisted by around 100 people.

This Christmas Athenaeum, around the Birth of the Child Jesus, has become, year after year, an authentic meeting of families, friends of the Idente missionaries of Pamplona, ​​Yesa, Sangüesa and Javier. It is an encounter where friendship is renewed, while enjoying the different performances that the children prepare, led by the missionaries Identes Neema and Neethu, in order to make happy their parents and family.

The act began with the carol song “A Bethlehem in every home” and continued with the representation of the Birth of Jesus, realized by the children of Yesa; then several carols and performances accompanied by the flute, violin and accordion were sung. The protagonists of these activities were the children. Finally, the Ecuadorian colony of Sangüesa sang Christmas carols of their country. It is important to note how a friend of the missionaries Identes, Hipólito Rico, who was not well, made every effort to assist and accompany his grandchildren in the carol which he had rehearsed, so that they could offer chocolate to the Child Jesus. The athenaeum ended with an agape and it was the opportunity to talk among all and renew the friendship that is emerging between all the friends of the Idente community.

The atmosphere of this Christmas afternoon was of great joy and intimacy and was characterized by the simplicity and innocence of the children. While saying goodbye, the people expressed their gratitude for the afternoon so pleasant which they had spent.

Anniversary mass of Fernando Rielo in Zaragoza (Spain)

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On December 4, 2018, the territorial Delegation of Zaragoza of the Idente Missionaries commemorated the fourteenth anniversary of the Passing of our Father Founder.

It was with a Mass in the Chapel of the Virgin, in the Basilica of Pilar de Zaragoza, at 7 pm, being concelebrated by the Superior General of the Missionaries, our dear brother Luis and the Chaplain of the Virgin, D. José Mª Bordetas. The General Secretary, our beloved sister Mª Fernanda, the Missionaries of the Delegation, relatives and other members of the Idente Family and other persons who joined the Eucharistic celebration attended.

As the First Reading of the Mass spoke of the lack of peace, in the homily, the Superior General spoke of the Founder message about being faithful to Christ and living the beatitude of peace, imitating Mary, peace that is not ours but of Christ ; He also recalled that the founders and martyrs are ahead on the path of life as artisans of peace. He wished that Fernando Rielo, before Jesus and Mary, intercede and ask for peace for all of us. He mentioned Pope Francis and his advice to distribute the gifts we have. He remembered Ezequiel, father of the General Secretary and Pedro, godfather of the Superior General, recently deceased, with the desire of consolation for the relatives. He ended up asking that all the faithful believe in peace and promote it.

The Mass ended with a few words from the Chaplain of the Virgin, D. José Mª Bordetas, alluding to our Institution, emphasizing that it was a new form of consecrated life appropriate for the new evangelization.

The commemoration of the memory of the departure of our beloved Founder to eternal life, ended by depositing a bouquet of flowers under the mantle of the Virgin of Pillar, asking for her protection.

Berlin, the 14th transit of our founder.

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In Berlin, we celebrated the 14th transit of our founder, Fernando Rielo, in a familiar atmosphere together with the Idente Family from Berlin, Frankfurt/Oder and Fürstenwalde. Due to the renovation work in the Hedwig’s Cathedral, the Holy Mass took place in the parrish hall. Our friend and priest Arduino Marra celebrated the mass in a loving, joyful and enthusiastic manner. During the homily he focused on the closeness that Fernando Rielo had to the Divine Persons, contemplating everything from the heart of the Father. The anecdote of the Sacra Martirial served as an example to live like him the martyrdom of everyday by living the self abnegation to give yourself to others. Finally, parting from our name, Missionaries Identes, he invited all the people present to be an apostle continually. During the reception, after the eucharistic celebration, we talked about the mystical poetry of Fernando Rielo and showed a short video of the mission in Yaounde which everyone watched with great interest. This celebration, in which we felt the presence of our founder, reminded us again of the necessity to deepen and grow in our consagration with the sacrifice of our life and our reputation.

 

Cardinal Carlos Osoro presides the Eucharist in Madrid for the 14th anniversary of the Passing of Fernando Rielo

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It’s been already fourteen years since the passing into heaven of Fernando Rielo Pardal, founder of the Institute Id of Christ the Redeemer Missionaries and Idente Missionaries, on December 6, 2004 in New York. Today all over the world, this day is celebrated with joy and gratitude, celebrating Thanksgiving masses for the life of Fernando Rielo, as well as commemorative events about his work.

As could not have been otherwise, in the Crypt of the Cathedral of La Almudena in Madrid, where his remains rest, a Eucharist was celebrated that was presided over by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, His Grace Carlos Osoro, and concelebrated by several priests friends of the institution and idente priests from various parts of Spain.

With this motive, idente missionaries from all over Spain gathered together with friends, family members and Idente family members to this celebration in which the Cardinal of Madrid thanked the work of Fernando Rielo as well as reminding his children of the mission they have inherited and that they must move forward for the good of the whole Church.

At the end of the Eucharist, both the celebrants and the audience went to the chapel where rest the remains of our Father Founder to pray a response. The scene was of a great solemnity when seeing in procession more than twelve priests presided by Cardinal Osoro and followed by all the assistants who after receiving the blessing recited the trisagio idente.

Before leaving D. Carlos agreed to a small interview in which he was asked about the contribution of Fernando Rielo and his words were:

“I believe that he does not have something, he has a lot to say, because his own mysticism, everything that he talks about … today we need that mysticism, which is what God gives in the encounter with Him, makes us leave ourselves and makes us be artists in life and poets of life; who are not beings that do not do anything in life, on the contrary, we give what this world needs. Because what this world needs most is art, it is sensitivity, it is knowing how to reach the heart. Poets and artists always reached the hearts of men. Today we marvel at their works; be pictorial, sculptural, be literary, we marvel because they continue to touch our hearts in their works despite the centuries that have passed or the years that have passed. It seems to me that Fernando Rielo has to say a lot because he in his writings, in his own personal life, in the very institution that he has made, he does not want simple strollers on this earth, he wants mystics to walk. Men and women who are able to give a face to God with their lives. ”

After the Eucharistic celebration and visit to the tomb of Fernando Rielo, an agape was offered in the facilities of the Information Office of the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, during which the coexistence was enjoyed and a video was projected about one of the idente missions: the reconstruction of the Monastery of Santa Cruz (Tenerife), and then were heard the testimonies of three idente missionaries who resided there in the years of splendor of that place so emblematic for the Idente Institution and that were formed by Fernando Rielo. In order of intervention: Fr. José Mª López, Juana Sánchez-Gey and Fr. José Mª Sierra.

Nave central de la cripta llena de asistentes a la misa

Procesión de inicio de la Eucaristía

Procesión de entrada

Liturgia de la Palabra – Alexis Gaona, misionero idente

Liturgia de la Palabra – Belén Carreras, misionera idente

D. Carlos Osoro, cardenal arzobispo de Madrid, durante su homilía

Oración de los fieles por parte de Akemi Ponce, misionera idente

Oración de los fieles por parte de Felipe Roca, misionero idente

Momento del ofertorio realizado por varias misioneras identes de India

Durante la celebración eucarística.

Uno de los momentos de la celebración.

Nave central de la Cripta de La Almudena durante la misa

Momento en que el P. José María López Sevillano agradece al Cardenal D. Carlos Osoro

Sacerdotes asistentes ante la tumba de Fernando Rielo

D. Carlos Osoro, rezando un responso ante la tumba de Fernando Rielo

D. Carlos Osoro, rezando un responso ante la tumba de Fernando Rielo

Asistentes rezando el trisagio idente ante la tumba de Fernando Rielo

Entrevista a D. Carlos Osoro

Parte de los asistentes al ágape en la UTPL (Madrid)

Momento del testimonio de misioneros identes; al micrófono P. José Mª López

Testimonio de Juana Sánchez-Gey, misionera idente

Testimonio del P. José Mª Sierra, misionero Idente

Ecumenic encounter in Görlitz, Germany

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During the weekend 27th/28th of October 2018, an ecumenical encounter of prayer took place in Görlitz, Saxony, in the eastern part of Germany. This occured due to the invitation of our friend Ludwig, director of the Youth ministry of the protestant church in that area, who had participated with a group of young adults in our Pilgrimage to Santiago in 2017. The aim of this meeting was to go on pilgrimage to the Holy Grave in Görlitz which is a reproduction from 1504 of the original in Jerusalem.

Besides ourselves Idente Missionaries and Ludwig, also participated Janet(responsable of the protestant cultural foundation of Görlitz), Marko (Catholic Youth Minister of the diocesis of Görlitz), Theresa (cantor in the protestant region of Schlesische Oberlausitz), Sebastian (responsable for the protestant youth int in the region Hoyerswerda), Uli (Protestant Youth Minister in Görlitz), 2 participants of the St. James way in 2017 and one young woman from Görlitz.

On Saturday, we all pilgrimaged the the grave. There the responsable gave an explanation fo the place and the sympols that adorn it. Finally, we prayed together in the chapel of the grave which is called ‘Holy Cross’. Later, after the typical Kaffee-Kuchen (coffe and cake), there was an exchange of experiences in the development of the Youth Ministry in the different churches and possible forms of improvement. We also talked about creating ways to work together and also to widen the ecumenic circle of participation churches. There was also a talk given by us Idente Missionaries about sanctity.

Then we celebrated the Protestant liturgy, had dinner together and finished the day with a walk through the town.

The next day, Sunday, we assisted the mass in the church St. James, which is the Bishop’s church. Afterwards, we were offered a tour through the church.

After lunch all groups returned to there homes mit the hope and desire having started something beautiful and important.

Do I need a spiritual guidance? Motus Christi in Berlin

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Saturday, October 20th, a Motus Christi took place in Berlin. The topic was parting from the gospel quote “Stay with us, it’s nearly evening (Lk 24:29)” asking ourselves: Do I need a spiritual guidance?

Participated quite a few members of the Idente Family but also new students that were interested in the Charism, and especially the before mentioned spirtiual guidance.

The prayer time we did for the first in a meditation room of the parrish since the St. Hedwig’s Cathedral where we usually went for prayer, is closed due to renovation.

The communions provoked in the participants a spiritual opening as a unique occasion to deepen their relationships with Christ.

As always, sharing lives during lunch, left in everyone a feeling of a loving family of brothers and sisters what our founder always transmitted to us.

The Motus ended with the charismatic touch, in which in different ways the same impression of the vivid presence of Christ in each and everyone, was shared and to live the miracle as an answer of the personal effort of openness to the divine.

I Exhibition of School of Painting of the Idente Monastery of Constantina (Seville)

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The past July 25 was inaugurated the I Exhibition of the School of painting of the Idente Monastery The Victory of San José, in Constantina (Seville), which is in charge of the artist and teacher Carmen Meléndez, member of the Idente Family. This school, which has been based in the monastery for seven years, has already become a benchmark for the beautiful Sierra Norte de Sevilla. The success of this exhibition is guaranteed by the large audience that attended the event and which these days does not stop visiting it. The paintings of the children and adults that make up the school can be found in the auditorium that the Town Hall of the town has for this kind of events.
Congratulations Carmen Meléndez and thank you very much. We know well that at the origin of this project was to fulfill the dream that our Father Founder Fernando Rielo had for our monasteries, as cradles of spirituality, art and culture. That commitment of yours has already borne fruit.

The “yes” is like an arrow directed to the heart of the Father. Vows at the Cathedral of Berlin

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On Saturday, June 16, the German idente missionary Rebecca Sattler made her temporary vows at the Cathedral of Berlin. The ceremony was presided by the prelate Dr. Stefan Dybowski, in charge of the religious orders of women for the Archdiocese of Berlin. The President of the Institution, Fr. Jesús Fernández Hernández, concelebrated together with other idente brothers.

In the homily the prelate addressed some precious words to the professing sister, which made a deep impression on all the guests. He highlighted three aspects of the charism and life of the founder Fernando Rielo: 1) the freedom to live on earth without belonging to the earth, 2) the strength to persist in moments of aridity and 3) to live and transmit holiness seeing the earth from heaven and not heaven from the earth.

At the end of the Mass, the President addressed some words to those attending the event:

The yes is like an arrow directed to the heart of the Father. And the Father’s heart does not bleed. The only thing that it produces is mercy, forgiveness, the desire to be with us. And every time a person says to Christ “yes!”, and to the Father and to the Holy Spirit, “yes!”, enormous blessings are shed upon mankind. With our narrow minds, we would like heaven to be the same as the earth. That heaven that we carry here within us, will open more and more thanks to our ever renewed “yes!” There are young people here. A yes is just one syllable. But it changes a person’s life. Then, when a man or a woman says “yes!” to Christ, who truly loves them, soon afterwards fruits are produced.”

It was a day full of graces. Many of the guests -among them some unbaptized persons, some Muslims and Buddhists- were attending a mass for the first time. After it a reception took place, in which the President and the idente women’s General Superior, taking advantage of the presence of many young people, spoke about the life of prayer and holiness. Everyone was deeply moved by the ceremony as well as the words they heard.

We can already witness the fruits that this special moment in the history of our Institution in Germany is bringing to our life of holiness.

Young Germans discover among the trees the call to holiness. Zinnowitz

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“Do you want to be a saint?” “Yes!” Was the spontaneous and determined response of one of the 250 youth who discovered the “country of the idente missionaries” during their journey throughthe paths of justice; theme of the annual meeting of the youth of the diocese of Berlin-Germany, that took place from 15 to 17 June on the island of Zinnowitz.

Through a great gymkhana, these youth came to know different realities of the local church that, after an introduction, introduced the young people to the proper way of living justice and sanctity. The forest in which the activity was carried out was perfect for the idente missionaries, because it was very similar to Valsaín, a forest in which the Heavenly Father invited Fernando Rielo to be a saint, when he was 16 years old. Through a game, the idente missionaries invited the young people who passed by to “decipher” this same message among the trees: “be perfect as the Father who is in heaven is perfect” (Mt 5,48).

During this tour the boys also looked for a wooden stick as straight as possible (their own justice), which in the end was transformed into a “more” by another stick. Letting Christ cross his human measure of justice, they formed a cross that they could take home. The idente missionaries exhorted them, in concrete things that each of them wrote before the search, to transform their own form of rigid justice, in the justice of the Father, which goes much further: it is “more” than our little justice.

Beautiful sign of a Church in departure was the group of young immigrants, largely Muslim, who participated in the whole meeting. A young Iranian was very touched by the proposed dynamic and, before leaving the “country of the missionaries” said: I am not a Christian, I am a Muslim, but I carry this cross as a souvenir. Thank you!

An amazing unity. Pentecost Motus Christi, Bad Lautenberg, Alemania.

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Every year for the weekend of Pentecost takes place a Motus Christi in our center St. Benno in Bad Lauterberg, Germany. The participants came from Frankfurt Oder and Berlin. For the first time we also had children participants. The topic of the Motus was the sentence from the gospel: I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me (John 14:6).

The parish priest of Bad Lauterberg, P. Paul Chodor, had invited us beforehand to actively participate in the mass. One of our sisters and two girls helped as altar servants; in the moment of the sermon, one sister read the comment of that Sunday’s gospel from our General Superior Luis Casasus, and we prepared and read the petitions and played some songs during communion.

Sunday evening, we had a barbecue that was followed by a small atheneo with dance and poetry.

In the charismatic touch some expressed their surprised because of the unity and helpfulness with each other during the weekend. Everyone returned to their home with lots of hope to put into action what they’d heard and lived in these days.