Fifth Meeting of New Forms of Consecrated Life in Rome
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.