Idente news

Children, young people and adults receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil in our parishes on Long Island (NY)

By | EE.UU., Idente news, North America | No Comments

 After a year of spiritual preparation, students throughout our Idente parishes joyfully received the holy sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation on April 20 during Holy Saturday of the Easter Vigil. This included kids, teens, and adults from our Long Island churches: Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead and St. Luke’s in Brentwood, where for the first time two young adults with disabilities were given their First Holy Communion. Likewise, the sacraments were celebrated at our churches in the Bronx: Our Lady of Solace and St. Dominic’s.

Families came together in great numbers to share in this great celebration of union with our Heavenly Father. With gladness in our hearts, we rejoice in gratitude for the wonderful gifts conferred on them this Easter season and we look forward to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation with more of our students next month.

Fr. Luis Casasús carries out two Motus Christi in Cameroon for more than 130 young university students in Soa (Cameroon)

By | Africa, Cameroon, General See, Idente news | No Comments

Two Motus Christi took place at the S. Peters and S. Paul’s  university parish SOA, one on  April 4th  and the other on April 10th. The talks were given by the Superior General of the Idente missionaries, Father Luis Casasús and by the Provincial Superior of the missionaries, Anne Daban. In total, more than 130 young people where present.

The themes were on prayer and they  invited us  to be aware that the Holy Spirit is the one who always takes the first initiative in prayer. Then they presented some psychological defense mechanisms like; justification, projection, which prevents our convertion … and the importance of discovering every day the face of the person that God presents to us so that we can take care of him or her.

The superiors equally emphasized on the importance of  apostolic mission saying that the best service we can render is in sharing the best of my life with others, that is, my experience with  God.

There were beautiful testimonies about trust in Christ, who always listens to us and about the strength of prayer, which is always effective. The program previewed  conferences, personal prayer, confessions, communities, lunch all together, two testimonies, charismatic touch and final Eucharistic Celebration.

New communities are being created to allow the grace received to be lasting and growing.

Fr. Jesus Fernandez’s visit to New York

By | EE.UU., Idente news, Presidency | No Comments

At the end of February of this year, we received Fr. Jesus Fernandez President of our community, with the same strong and hopeful spirit with which the apostle St. Paul manifested in the various walks, visits and trips he made to the diverse Christian communities. In turn, the president spent these few days with great apostolic fervor with all the Idente sisters and brothers of New York.

This meaningful step in our mission of New York has signified, under various important meetings, the development and expansion of our Institution. One of these meetings has been with Dr. Manuel Trujillo, a psychiatrist, for the initiation of a symposium in psychiatry, psychology and spirituality in Manhattan.

Another Project with great relevance is the re-initiation of the society of “Friends of Fernando Rielo”, formerly active during the 80’s in the United States. This past month, Annalisa Saccà, a professor at St. John’s University, along with Dr. José María López Sevillano and other friends, have implemented the first session of proposals for the study of Fernando Rielo’s thought, the organization of conferences, and outings, as well as discuss ways to promote the society in other cities.

Finally, was the encounter with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in his visit to our parish of the Bronx, which included visiting the Magi Residence of the Idente sisters, the common residence of the Idente brothers, and the Faith Formation Center. Idente sisters and brothers had lunch with the cardinal, who with great affection, joy and tenderness demonstrated his support and joy for the work carried out in the Archdioceses.

“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.” (Mt. 18:20)

Spiritual renewal and fraternal convivience during the visit to Chile of the President of the Id Institute and of the Superior General

By | Chili, Idente news, South America | No Comments

The Province of Chile had the joy of receiving the visit of our President and Superior General from March 8-19, 2019, being days of true joy and grace for our Province.

On the 9th, our Superior General gave a spiritual lesson in which she referred to the living of fidelity in our vocation, telling us that it is time to accept the vocation that the Father gives me, it is the “right hour to obey him”. He also spoke to us about charity, which is the bond that betrothals us to the Father, which is that of perfect love, which constitutes our bond, which goes to eternal life. He told us that charity is the bond that unites all missionaries. Ontologically necessary unity, as our Father and Founder taught us.

Later our president greeted us and encouraged us to have confidence in Christ and to believe in His power, as well as to do always the maximum within our possibilities, knowing that Christ will do the impossible. He also spoke of gratitude to the Father for all we receive. He did exhort us to be teachers in leading others to fall in love with Christ.

On the 12th our president and superior general visited the idente missionaries of Valdivia, where a Eucharist was celebrated which was attended by young people and members of the idente family. The words of our President centered on the authentic experience of love for the Father, left to all present the desire to be his worthy children.

On Saturday, March 16, in Santiago, we had a great meeting with missionaries and Idente Family from Chile. Our Superior General gave a lecture on the Immaculate Conception of Mary, in which she made a historical journey of the popular feeling of love for Mary, from the first communities to the present day. She explained to us the meaning of this dogma, confirmed by Mary in her apparition at Lourdes, verifying Peter’s chair and the “sensus fidei” that already made the people of God understand that she was Immaculate from her conception.

Then we had a Eucharist presided over by our president, in the homily he spoke to us about St. Joseph, telling us about his “greatness”, model for young people, and how our father and founder, Fernando Rielo, taught us to live in the Institution as an “adorable family of brothers”, telling him “dedicate yourself to your brothers ‘at least’ as your parents (family of thirteen children) devoted themselves to you and your brothers”.

Then we had lunch, where the endearing family spirit that builds us so much was manifested. At the end we showed videos of our missions in Cameroon and Thailand, and also about the project of the restoration of the monastery of the Holy Cross.
During the visit, our president announced the appointment of the new provincial superior of Chile, our sister María Teresa Otón, leaving her post our sister Pilar Jaume, who has been assigned to her new mission in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, being the latter her native land.

We thank the Father for these beautiful days, especially in our daily life together, which have increased our faith and our vocation. This visit is framed in such a delicate moment for the Church of Chile. As María del Carmen García, our superior general, told us, in these times when the Church of Chile appears naked before the world, each one of us must cover it with the sanctity of our lives.

Feeling like children and continuous prayer, the keys given by the President of the Id Institute in Bogota

By | Idente news, Peru, South America | No Comments

During a brief but intense visit, Father Jesús Fernández Hernández, President of the Identes missionaries, and María del Carmen García Viyuela, Superior General of the Identes missionaries, visited Colombia on the 29th, 30th and 31st of March.

In all the encounters and moments of coexistence they transmitted with excitement the joy to know we are loved by the Heavenly Father and the need to live in a state of continuous prayer. In this way, it is possible to avoid the usual dispersion in which people live and we can go inside ourselves and meet Christ.

Father Jesus had the opportunity to address an Idente family group with whom he shared some endearing moments, encouraging everyone to let themselves be touched by Christ.

To conclude his visit, on Sunday, March 31, he celebrated Holy Mass in the parish of Our Lady of Pilar, administered by the idente missionaries. The homily surprised most of the people for the strength with which he spoke of the need to love the Father. After Mass one of the little altar girls innocently told Father Jesus that she had dreamt of Jesus and asked him if that was possible, to which he said yes. This little girl’s joy at our president’s answer touched everyone.

Both the President and the Superior General taught us by their example to be tireless apostles and to wear ourselves out for announcing the Kingdom of God.

Publication of “Fernando Rielo: a three-voice dialogue” French translation

By | Culture, Fernando Rielo, Idente news | No Comments

Last March was published the French edition of the work Fernando Rielo: un diálogo a tres voces with the title Fernando Rielo: Un dialogue à trois voix. Entretiens avec Marie-Lise Gazarian. The publishing house is Saint-Léger Editions and the translation has been done by the team of the Idente School of France.

The book is prologued by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, archbishop emeritus of Paris, who states in the book that in Marie-Lise Gazarian’s conversation with Fernando Rielo one discovers “a spirituality of high flight, a humanism of great culture and an original philosopher. Fernando Rielo is all that at once, besides being the founder, in 1959, of the Id Institute”. The Cardinal’s words reflect not only an understanding of the breadth of Fernando Rielo’s figure but also of the scope of his life and thought.

In this sense, he affirms that although Rielo is heir to the great mystics of the Spanish Golden Age, of the language of Cervantes or of the passion of the Spanish poets and thinkers of the 20th Century, “the richness of this deeply Catholic personality defies all classification and could no longer remain inaccessible to the French-speaking reader”.

After inviting the reader to savor his mystical poetry and to discover his deep metaphysical thought, Cardinal Vingt-Trois ends his gloss by underlining the essence of Fernando Rielo’s charism: “We can only hope that this “three-voice dialogue” will be for the reader an invitation to maintain an ever more intimate relationship with the divine Persons and to follow the call to holiness received from the Father by the young Fernando on his 16th birthday, a call that would resonate universally in the heart of the Second Vatican Council a few years later”.


Held at the Pontifical Lateran University the seminar on health, migration and peace, organized by the Global Forum, Rielo Institute, Arel and Università Cattolica

By | Academy, Idente news | No Comments

The migrant population already represents 3% of the world total according to the Osservasalute 2016 Report of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The vulnerability of this entire population, their right to health, climate change and critical cases such as Mexico and Venezuela are some of the aspects dealt with in the international seminar “Healing migrants to heal the world: future scenarios for peace-building” organized by the Global Permanent Forum on Migration and Health (Global PerForMHealth) at the Pontificia Università Lateranense on 4 and 5 March. The objective, among others, was to dismantle myths such as that of the invading migrant, since the number of migrants perceived by society is much higher than the actual number, or that of the migrant who transmits diseases, given that studies show the opposite.

The Global PerForMHealth is formed by the Rielo Institute for Integral Development, the Agenzia di Ricerche e Legislazione (AREL), the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Messico), the Hospital-UTPL (Ecuador), the University of Cuenca (Ecuador) and the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador. It is an open discussion platform on migration, the physical and mental health of migrants, public health, emergency relief and related social, political and economic issues. Its aim is to create an international network that studies all aspects of migration from a multidisciplinary approach.

With this seminar, given by experts from organizations and universities from different countries, Global PerForMHealth wants to disseminate accurate information, based on verified data, which neutralize the misinformation and instrumentalization that today is made of the phenomenon, which favors exclusion and prevents taking advantage of all the potential, including labor, of this population sector. As an example of this, the WHO-Europe 2018 report, published in January 2019, shows that migrants in Europe only represent an average of 10% of the population, when the social perception is that they are 3 or 4 times more. The former Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, emphatically warned of this distance between perception and reality.

Similarly, the WHO report shows that the risk of migrants transmitting contagious diseases is very low and that a large proportion of migrants who are currently HIV-positive contracted the disease once they arrived in Europe. Maurizio Marceca, president of the Italian Society of Migration Medicine, spoke about it and about health scaremongering when he stated that sometimes the media disseminate data and visions without scientific basis that construct distorted narratives about the health of migrants.

For his part, Carlos Durán, Ecuador’s Deputy Minister of Health, explained how his country is dealing with the health care for the great Venezuelan migratory flow that has moved to Ecuador and the countries of the region. Starting from a legal framework that defends the right to migration and in a joint effort with the rest of the health ministers, Ecuador is offering important resources to guarantee the health of such a massive group of displaced people.

Bernardo Vega, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cuenca (Ecuador), also spoke about this, for whom the humanitarian crisis of the displacement of Venezuelans will soon surpass Syria. According to Vega, Ecuadorian health personnel are not yet prepared to assume a health emergency of such caliber and that the path of tightening immigration laws, assumed by other countries, only aggravates the problem.

Monsignor Guerino de Tora, president of the Italian episcopal commission for migration, underlined the globalization of the phenomenon of human mobility, without which today’s society cannot be understood. The rector of the Autonomous Popular University of the State of Puebla (Mexico), Emilio Baños, defined the person as “homo migrans” and today’s world as “migrant world”. According to Baños, the migratory crisis is a reflection of an anthropological crisis that should lead nations to rethink the concept of sovereignty and borders in relation to the human person, becoming aware of the historical co-responsibility that developed countries have with those countries that now send out their own children.

In this sense, the rector of the Pontifical Lateran University, Vincenzo Buonomo, emphasized that human mobility must be truly governed and not faced as an emergency or from borders. Along these lines, Enrico Letta attributed the migration crisis in Europe to the imbalance between national and multilateral instruments. For his part, Jesús Fernández, recalled the words of its founder, Fernando Rielo, who together with Caritas initiated the first polyambulatory for migrants in Rome in 1983, that “migration is a question of social justice because the person in this desperate condition aspires, rather than being helped compassionately, to be recognized that the world belongs to him, beyond each border”.

From the academy, Catherine Withol, director emeritus of France’s National Center for Scientific Research, noted the contradiction between the reality of migration as a modern trait and the strong inequalities of movement suffered by many people. This requires more migration policies and not the closure of borders, which does not solve the root of the problem, according to Corrado Bonifazi, director of Italy’s National Research Council.

The importance of civil society in the relationship between health and migration was put on the table by Ranieri Guerra, Assistant Director-General of WHO, and also by Salvatore Geraci of Caritas Rome, who underlined the active role of medical and voluntary organisations.

The mental health of the migrant, as one of the critical points, was addressed by Luigi Janiri, co-president of Global PerForMHealth and professor at the Università Cattolica, who spoke of the increased risk in the second generation and migrants. Likewise, Richard Mollia, from Harvard University, presented the high incidence of post-traumatic stress syndrome in this population.

The increase of unaccompanied minor migrants in Central American migration to the United States and all the health risks they suffer in their migratory journey to Mexico, the most dangerous country for migrants, was exposed by Lourdes Rosas, researcher at the Autonomous Popular University of the State of Puebla.

An important experience was that presented by the Italian Football Federation with the so-called “progettosete” which consists of a regional and national football tournament aimed at refugee minors in Italy and which is giving positive results of social inclusion.

Other topics included climate change as one of the triggers of migration, the importance of the family and the influence of the media, through which an attempt was made to analyze the phenomenon of migration in all its complexity.

The seminar featured the premiere of Catherine MacGilvray’s documentary “Los sin voz” (The Voiceless), which tells the tragic migratory story of the Salvadoran people of Long Island (NY), where they constitute the largest community.

Solidary paella in Granada that “builds” the Church

By | Europe, Idente news, Spain | No Comments

On Saturday 23rd February we had a solidarity meal to benefit the construction of the University Parish of Soa (Cameroon).

The meal was attended by more than 100 people and others are collaborating in row zero. We know that the money raised can barely cover the expenses of a small part of the huge construction work that is undertaken to accommodate thousands of people, but this has been one of the many occasions that our Heavenly Father gives us to build links with people and promote the spread of our charism.

Lunch was held in the parish hall of the Church of San Miguel Arcángel in Granada. From the first moment the parish priest, D. Juan Martinez, opened the doors for us and made the facilities available to us. The collaboration did not cease on the part of friends who offered to make the paellas and to bring food, and they even gave us a lamb shoulder to make a raffle.

We facilitated the assistance of the families receiving the children free of charge and after the coffee, the young identes took charge of playing with them in the gardens of the Parish.

The details of our Heavenly Father never ceased. We certainly had to act in faith, because three days earlier only about 50 people had confirmed their attendance and we didn’t know how much food to buy and cook. But as in the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, there were left 12 baskets full, more or less, that we distributed at the end of the event.

The act began with some words of welcome from the Provincial Superior and the blessing of the Parish priest, D. Juan Martinez, who encouraged us to institutionalize this act annually and at the end of the event, moved by the beautiful climate that was created, manifested to her: This is the Church!

During desserts, the Provincial Superior addressed the participants to talk about the mission of Cameroon and our charism, taking advantage of the occasion to invite them to be part of our Idente Family.

During all the time, adults and children, organized by the missionaries and captained by a charming 10-year-old grandson of our brother José Luis Romera, Territorial Delegate, helped to prepare the food trays, set the tables and serve, waking up a big smile in all the assistants.

The following means of communication echoed the event: Odisur (Service for the communication of the Bishops of Southern Spain), the website of the Archdiocese of Granada, and the local radio program Iglesia noticia of COPE radio channel.

Motus Christi and WYD Panama: Say yes to Christ right now

By | Idente news, Motus Christi | No Comments

Mary has been the great protagonist of this beautiful adventure of the Motus Christi and the WYD of Panama, which had as its motto “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word”. The village of Mary is called the retreat house of Capira, 75 km to the west, where we celebrate the Motus Christi, and the “let it be done to me according to your word” centered the catechesis and the words of the Holy Father during the whole WYD, besides singing it to satiety in the beautiful hymn of this 34th World Youth Day.

The miracle of bringing a large group of young people, dreamt of by our president, Fr. Jesús Fernández, and by our superiors general, Fr. Luis Casasús and María del Carmen García, took place. There were 75 young people from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, France and Mexico, accompanied by eleven women and men missionaries.

The international Motus took place in the town of Capira, 75 km (about two hours by bus) east of Panama City, with the arrival of all the groups on the evening of January 16. Already from the joyful meeting at the airport of Tocumen one could perceive the beautiful family atmosphere that we would live from the first day at the Motus.

Not only was the house of the Magnificat community a place of recollection and silence, but the very structure and spirit of the Motus introduced all the young people in that environment, even the most unaccustomed to it. They discovered with surprise that holiness is possible and that living it in community is the most beautiful and fruitful way. In this sense, the testimonies of several brothers and sisters, professed and probantes, were moments of great emotion for the young people when they saw how there is no prototype of saint, nor ideal circumstances, but Christ calls us all in the most unsuspected situations.

It has been a moment of grace, of much grace, which has touched everyone. Five days that seemed to us like a little bit of eternal life, of heaven in this world. In their different moments: talks, personal prayer, communities, meals, the athenaeum, we breathed an atmosphere of communion and service that invited us to fly much higher and to feel the presence of God in each one of us.

This atmosphere of family and fraternal life has surprised them so much, that it has helped even the most reserved, to open up and to look for us brothers and sisters to talk about their life, their dreams and their love for Christ.

The charismatic touch, where many expressed their decision to follow Christ with all the consequences, was a beautiful finishing touch. As an example, one of the young people said something that illustrates the common feeling of the participants: “Before coming to WYD I had certain projects, ideas, intentions of how to pass this experience, but now, after having lived these days of the Motus, I think that the trip was worthwhile only for the Motus.

With a certain sadness for leaving the place and for finishing such an intense experience, on Monday the 21st in the morning we left for the city of Panama, since the following day the WYD was already beginning. The WYD organization had recently informed us that our group would be housed in the Parish of Christ the Son of God, in the neighborhood of Samaria, where each pilgrim would be living in a family. Although at the beginning we thought it would have been better to have the whole group together, housed in a school or in the halls of the parish, we soon realized that living with families was a beautiful opportunity to get to know the Panamanian people from within, and to understand their profound religiosity and their spontaneous kindness and joy.

On the other hand, Providence wanted us to be in a neighborhood, Samaria, with many needs and deficiencies, to know not only the tourist side of the city, but the reality in which many Panamanians live. The poverty, the lack of health in the streets and in the houses, and the marginalization were evident, but it was compensated by the great joy and affection with which each family welcomed us. They gave us what they did not have, in the purest evangelical style. We could not be less: we decided to assume these circumstances as a moment of mission, and to share with our adoptive families all the richness received in the Motus.

The fruits were not long in coming. The generosity and faith of the Panamanians made us feel like one more of their families, creating strong bonds that we all yearn to remain. And all this in spite of the fact that we spent most of the day outside and the moments of living together were limited to nights and mornings at breakfast.

One of the young participants said that for him it had been a formative experience, because he had seen the kindness and attention of the host families and because he had learned to value more what he had, to be more helpful and more attentive to the needs of those at home.

From the 23rd to the 28th the day was full with the activities programmed by WYD, in the morning and in the afternoon. Apart from the participation in the different acts of WYD and the attention to the stand of the ‘vocational fair’, the day went by moving between the stages of the acts, in a week of intense humid heat, more than normal according to the Panamanians themselves. In short, hours of walking almost always in the sun, hours of waiting before the beginning of the acts also in the sun, hours of transport and waiting in the subway…

We were truly pilgrims within the city, living everything with supernatural joy, like the rest of the thousands of young people who were there. It was also surprising how Pope Francis, in his demanding and tender words to the young people, said several things that had somehow appeared in the Motus: overcoming comfort and conformism; living the unconditional love of the Father; living the now of God and not the meantime; and walking after Christ without stopping, risking everything like Mary.

After the Mass celebrated by the Pope on Sunday 28th, the afternoon was left free so that each one could share with the family that welcomed him, and also this time was very beautiful for everyone.

Contemplating now this strong human and spiritual experience, it is evident that the participation in WYD was certainly not to ‘see the Pope’, as a spectacle, which we would surely have seen better from the television at home, but to live together with Peter, the Vicar of Christ, a pilgrimage to Christ, with Mary, to live this great Pentecost together with the whole universal church, gathered around its pastor.

Another gift from Providence was the ‘casual’ meeting at the airport with Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa. It was the same day that we all went home, on Tuesday, January 29, thus fulfilling the wish of our president, Fr. Jesus Fernandez, that we could greet him, something really difficult during the days with the Pope. It is clear that for Christ nothing is impossible. As we approached him, Monsignor Ulloa immediately identified us by the t-shirt we were wearing, with the word “identes” in large, and he transmitted to us the great need that Panamanian university students have for our charism.

Now in each place the women and men missionaries must be attentive to the young people who participated in WYD so that the fire that shone there does not go out, but, as Pope Francis said, the young people make decisions ‘now’, not for later, and that they say ‘yes’ like Mary to the will of God.

Interview with Cardinal Osoro about the person and work of Fernando Rielo, Founder of the Idente Missionaries

By | Fernando Rielo, Idente news | No Comments

The Cardinal of Madrid, D. Carlos Osoro, speaks in this brief interview about the person and work of Fernando Rielo, Founder of the Idente Missionaries, and the importance of his charism in the contemporary world. The interview was carried out after the Mass that Cardinal Osoro himself presided over in the crypt of the Cathedral of La Almudena in Madrid on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of Fernando Rielo’s Passing. This celebration was held on December 6, 2018.