Idente apostolate

The Idente apostolate focuses on two main areas: dialogue with intellectuals to facilitate understanding of revealed truth and exchanges with young people, especially those who have lost the Catholic faith or have never been rooted in it. In this twofold endeavor the Institute seeks to deal with all of the frustrations arising from human frailty: illness, ignorance, injustice, and, in general, every aspect of life which produces sadness. In addition, the Institute’s social activity embraces many fields, from setting up homes for abandoned children and the integral advancement of socially and culturally deprived environments to a new evangelization involving the spiritual and human restoration of persons and localities which have fallen into materialism and lost a sense of meaning.

The apostolic work of men and women Idente Missionaries is manifested in the following domains, among others.

  • Motus Christi Retreats. Their aim is to communicate the Gospel with the help of the Idente charism to young people who have not received the gift of faith or have lost it and to those who have faith, but need to increase their Christian commitment. It is an opportunity to experience an encounter with Christ and to discover the aspiration to holiness in common.
  • Parishes. Their evangelizing work includes both the Christian communities they minister to and the special needs of children and young people who are not integrated into the life of the Church and suffer from many forms of human and spiritual deprivation. There are Idente parishes in Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Peru, Spain, and the United States.
  • Monasteries. In addition to their characteristic liturgy, they become centers fsor spirituality, study, youth activities, and evangelization through art, sacred music, and research. There are Idente monasteries in Spain, Italy, and Chile.
  • Chaplaincies. They play a key role at universities in ministering to young Christians and maintaining the presence of the Church in environments unfamiliar with the faith by means of cultural activities, dialogue between science and faith, social engagement, and volunteer work. The Idente Missionaries are active in university and other chaplaincies in Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United States.
  • Schools (primary and secondary education). We seek the integral education of children and teenagers with the help of Idente pedagogy, which fosters the development of their capacities in pursuit of a generous way of life and leads them to see Christ as the Model for the relationship between educators and students. There are Idente schools in Bolivia, Ecuador, Germany, and Peru.
  • Universities. By way of solid grounding in the humanities, quality teaching, and research, we seek to train young people not only to be competent, enterprising professionals, but to undertake a life course based on filial dignity and fraternity. Idente universities currently include the Ecuadorian campuses of Loja, Ibarra, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas and Quito. There are also university centers for distance learning affiliated with the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in New York, Madrid, Rome, and Milan.
  • Evangelization of Culture, is sought through the Fernando Rielo Foundation, the Idente Foundation for Study and Research, and the Idente School, which also enter into agreements with universities and other organisms. We have already mentioned some of the main initiatives and forms of collaboration.
  • Evangelization in Health Care and Promoting Human Development, by means of the Rielo Institute for Integral Development, the Idente School’s pioneering work in the field of psychoethics, and agreements with other organisms.
    • Research in the areas of health care, migration, and poverty.
    • An interdisciplinary research team dealing with psychoethics and psychiatry.
    • Pastoral care in health at hospitals in Terni and Turin, Italy.
    • Human and spiritual care of the elderly in Genova, Italy.
  • Priority Attention to Children, Teenagers, and University Students, by way of sociocultural programs and educational intervention, seeking to prevent marginalization in the very young and provide forums for research and ecumenical and intercultural dialogue for those who are more mature.
    • The Idente Youth International Association.
    • Idente Volunteers (local and international).
    • World Youth Parliament.
    • Centers for Human and Social Advancement, such as the Child Jesus Home in Abancay, Peru; the Center for Children and Young People at Holy Family Parish in Yaoundé, Cameroon; the University Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul at Yaoundé II-Soa University, Cameroon; and the San Miguelito Monastic City, Bolivia, for the human and spiritual training of young people and community leaders.