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Solidary paella in Granada that “builds” the Church

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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.

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.

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

Our brother Jesús María González, new parish priest of Santa Bárbara Mártir and of Santa Teresa de Jesús (Tenerife)

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On Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 7:00 pm, in a very emotional ceremony, took place the celebration for taking charge of the Parish of Santa Bárbara Mártir, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, by Father Jesús María González Gómez, an idente missionary, presiding over the act D. José Manuel Yanes Marrero, Episcopal Vicar of the Territorial Vicariate n. 2 of Santa Cruz. At the conclusion of the Mass, the new parish priest requested the prayer of all parishioners to carry out his new pastoral mission in the best possible way.

 Also on Santa Cruz in Tenerife, on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 10 o’clock, our brother Jesús María took charge of the Parish of Santa Teresa de Jesús, in a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Mr. José Manuel Yanes, followed at the doors of the Church, by a brief refreshment, in which a toast was made to congratulate and wish the new parish priest all of God blessings in his new pastoral task.

 The diocesan newspaper “Nivariense digital” has echoed this beautiful event for the idente missionaries of Tenerife: “On Friday, September 7, Bishop Bernardo Álvarez appointed Jesús María González, a natural-born missionary from Bilbao, as parish priest of the parishes of Santa Bárbara Mártir and Santa Teresa de Jesús, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife… “I come with great hope, great faith and trust in the providence, I count on the support of the community of the idente missionaries and I am sure also with that of all the parishioners of the parishes”  highlighted González.

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.

Visit of the President of the Id Institute and of the Superior General to Seville and Constantine

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Fr. Jesús Fernández, President of the women and men Idente missionaries, and María del Carmen García Viyuela, Superior General of the missionary sisters, visited the foundations of Seville and Constantine from April 15 to 23.
It was an intense week in which they had the opportunity to greet the parishioners of the parish “The Annunciation of Our Lady and St. John XXIII”, entrusted to the idente missionaries; also having a meeting with members of the Idente Catechumenate, Idente Family, Idente Youth and some members of the parish groups; as well as visiting the children of the “Concilio” School, which belongs to the parish.

They also dedicated a day to visit the community of missionaries who are in the monastery “La Victoria de San José”, in the mountain town of Constantina, and to share with the students of the painting school “El Gurugú”, which initiated in the monastery the artist and teacher Carmen Meléndez,of Idente Family. The works of this collective in which there are adults and children are reaching great notoriety, not only within the town but outside it as well.

The President and the Superior had the opportunity to live together with friends of the missionaries and with young people, whom they got to know better became thanks to their tireless apostolic action, which with their words and the testimony of their lives leaves an impression of peace and joy in those who are by their side.

On Sunday 22 the President officiated the Holy Mass in the parish of Seville. In his homily, commenting on the Word that referred to the Good Shepherd, with the strength that characterizes him, he invited everyone to say to Christ “like the disciples of Emmaus: ‘stay with us, I ask you to please, stay.’ Because in the human heart there is too much darkness, too many shadows, too much sadness. Stay with us and if we really ask him, Christ enters into us and directs my thoughts, directs my imagination, my creativity, my feelings … And Christ who is like after the resurrection, and introduces himself to his disciples and tells them ‘Peace be with you’, because Christ is peace; that’s why he says ‘peace be with you’. And what does that mean? That He will help me overcome all my difficulties if I have confidence in Him.

Trust, this simple word. Confidence means that I open my heart … Christ is peace, the Good Shepherd. He gives life and wants to share his life with us and what it is, a life of mercy, of forgiveness, that which costs us so much despite the fact that we say it in the Lord’s Prayer forgive us our offenses as we forgive those who have offended us; we say it in the Lord’s Prayer, but do we live it?…

If I look at Christ, Christ will dissolve the wounds that I carry in my heart. If I look at the wounds of Christ, what do I see in them? Pure love. But He also looks at our wounds and they are not always for love. There is pain, suffering, revenge, hate.

Not long ago in Africa a girl told me: my parents were killed, my brothers also, my grandparents; I only have hate and revenge in my heart, what do I do with all that? And I said: the first thing is not wanting revenge. Do you want to kill all those people? “No. I do not want more deaths. ” The first step of forgiveness is not wanting revenge; It is the first step because forgiveness is not a word, it is only a path. Like love, it is a path, like holiness, which is the fullness of love is a path that must be traveled, and it is not easy. But Christ next to us makes me overcome all these difficulties. He is the Good Shepherd. ”

Father Jesús Fernández also explained how to pray the Our Father, adopting the tender attitude of a child with his father. Below the photo gallery of this news there is a video with a fragment of these words of our President.

In the different moments shared both with the communities of missionaries and with the rest of the people whom they had the opportunity to greet and know, they did not stop showing their closeness, affection and gratitude, which they have also received from them, because we have all been aware of the blessing that we received being by their side.

Artistic meeting in Palma de Mallorca in favor of the Idente mission of Soa (Cameroon)

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The Parish of San Agustín, in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), administered by the Idente Missionaries, held on May 5 a Solidarity Art Meeting in which funds were raised for the Church and the University Center, which the Idente Missionaries also run in Soa, north of Cameroon.

In the style of the University Art Meetings that we have been doing in Palma for the past 18 years, we have the participation of different groups in the modalities of dance, song and instrumental, and where the dominant note was the professionalism and youth of those who in solidarity collaborated in this beautiful meeting.

Of course a special moment was the exhibition of the project and the current situation of the works that are being carried out.

On May 13, the Idente missionary Akemi Ponce (Bolivia) professes her vows in Madrid

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This Sunday, May 13, under the beautiful signs of the Solemnity of the Ascension and the day of the Virgin of Fatima, the profession of vows of our Bolivian sister Cecilia Akemi Ponce Sakuray will be celebrated in the Church of the Calatravas of Madrid with a beautiful Eucharist.

The religious ceremony will take place at 5:00 pm and will be presided over by the President of the Idente missionaries, Fr. Jesús Fernández Hernández. A large attendance is expected among missionaries, friends of the Idente Family and of the Idente Youth, both in Madrid and in the nearby provinces.

Undoubtedly, it is a moment of joy and hope for our idente Institute as well as for the local Churches of Madrid and La Paz (Bolivia), archdiocese of origin of our sister.

An evening dedicated to our Heavenly Father in Javier (Spain)

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Every year, on the last Sunday of April, Idente missionaries celebrate the day of the Heavenly Father, as the wish of their founder, Fernando Rielo Pardal. On Sunday, 29th of April, the Identes missionaries of Javier, Navarra celebrated a family athenaeum dedicated to our Heavenly Father, where about 30 people participated.

According to the festival, all the Athenaeum was dedicated to the Father through songs, poems, musical compositions and a little play. It was enriched by various thoughts of Pope Francis and Fernando Rielo about the Heavenly Father. The act ended, with a song, written by an Idente missionary, dedicated to the Heavenly Father and with the delivery of some proverbs of Fernando Rielo.

It was an evening of great joy and cordiality among all the assistants, which served to strengthen the bonds of friendship that unites them and to become aware of their divine filiation.