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Fifth Meeting of New Forms of Consecrated Life in Rome

For the fifth time communities representing new expressions of religious consecration were taking part in a world meeting in Rome, June 13-15, 2019. 130 representatives from 40 different institutions (coming from 24 countries) attended the conference. The meeting was entitled Opening Pathways: Consecration and states of life in the New Forms of Consecrated Life.

In his initial greeting, Fr. Jesus Fernandez, president of the Institute Id of Christ the Redeemer, Men and Women Idente Missionaries, had affirmed that what distinguishes consecrated persons is the aspiration to mystical union and holiness and that in order to help the Church to be the leaven of holiness, consecrated life must have moral authority. In turn, Sr. Margarete Binder, international superior of the Consecrated Women of the Spiritual Family The Work, encouraged the communities present not to forget patience, perseverance and prayer on their pathways. On his part, Fr. Rodrigo Carrizo Moya, president of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, affirmed that the new forms are a path under construction that is opening up for those that will come in the future.

The Secretary of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, presided over the concluding session in which the spokespersons of the various working groups held during the meeting intervened. The notion of consecration in the different states, communion in the mission, the forms of belonging according to the state of life and the term 'ecclesial family' were some of the main themes. On the other hand, the groups in which the participants worked analyzed some concepts proposed by the different speakers: the charismatic consecration, emphasized by Lourdes Grosso, M.Id; the term ecclesial family and the relationship between states of life, treated by Fr. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O.; the consecration as Covenant with God, proposed by Fr. José Cristo Rey García Paredes, C.F.M.and missionary communion, analyzed by Fr. Rodrigo Carrizo Moya, F.M.V.D.

After listening to the conclusions of the groups, Archbishop Rodriguez Carballo valued very positively the charismatic diversity reflected by them, showing that "the Spirit does not repeat itself, it is creative", and encouraged the new forms to maintain this rich diversity. He also underlined some aspects that they must consider in their work: the juridical framework, knowing that the law must help life; ecclesial communion; the relationship with founders and foundresses; the sense of service of authority; the notion of consecration and the importance of formation. He also transmitted the greeting and blessing of Pope Francis to all those present, since he had met with him hours earlier, and who had expressed his interest in new forms of consecrated life.
New forms of consecrated life emerged from the 20th century and many of them in the context of the Second Vatican Council. Some of the common elements they share are the acceptance of the different states of life and the attempt to respond to the challenges of the new evangelization. The coordinating team for this Meeting was made up of members of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, the Spiritual Family The Work and the Institute Id of Christ the Redeemer • Idente Missionaries. The sessions were held at the Casa per ferie Enrico De Ossò.
Lourdes Grosso, M.Id.; Fr. Domingo J. Andrés Gutiérrez, C.F.M.; Fr. Jesús Fernández M.Id.; Sr. Margarete Binder F.S.O.; Fr. Rodrigo Carrizo F.M.D.V.; Fr. José Cristo Rey García Paredes C.F.M.