Who Are the Idente Missionaries?

Charism and Mission

The idente spirit conforms to three principles 

desired by Christ for the Institute:

the commandment:
 Be holy as your Heavenly Father is Holy

the promissory counsel:
Where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them

and the apostolic command:
Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation

Fernando Rielo


The Idente Missionaries of Christ the Redeemer, an Institute of Consecrated Life of Pontifical Right, and composed of both men’s and women’s branches, was founded in Spain by Fernando Rielo in 1959. Today its international expansion includes some ninety residences distributed in twenty-five nations. The institute maintains a close working relationship with the various dioceses where these foundations are located.

The name “Idente” has its root in the imperative “Id” of the Spanish verb “to go”; joined to the ending “—ente” of the Latin participle —ens, —entis, it signifies walking or journeying forward while uniting ourselves permanently to the divine filial awareness of Christ: the consciousness of being a son.

The Idente spirit conforms to three principles: the commandment, “Be holy as your heavenly Father is holy” (Mt 5:48); the promissory counsel of Christ, “Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst” (Mt 18:20); and the apostolic imperative, “Go throughout the world and proclaim the Good News to all” (Mk 16:15). 

Vows and Spirituality
The Idente Missionaries, following Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit, consecrate themselves entirely to the Father and, faithful to their founding spirit, embrace the Evangelical Counsels through vows in fulfilling the ends of the Institute: the aspiration to holiness in community, the imperative of announcing the Gospel to all peoples, and the defense of Peter and his Magisterium.

The contemplation of things divine together with the inspiration to live a continual dialogue with God, is the first and foremost duty of all Idente Missionaries. Their intimate, silent, constant, loving prayer is the substance of their vocation and, therefore, their primary apostolic mission. 

Flowing from our spiritual lives, the social sensitivity of the Institute makes its own the frustrations denounced by human indigence: sickness, illiteracy, injustice—in short, all human suffering. This piety advocates particularly for the young who are defenseless in the face of human cruelty. In our Founder’s words, “Your aim, dear sons and daughters, is the same as Christ’s: to go through life doing good to all.”


One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Idente Missionaries is to be in the world with civil professions and employment from which they carry out their apostolate, in close collaboration with the Church in general and the Dioceses in particular, always disposed to meet the needs of these as also those of the human person. For this reason, there are many activities that, consistent with its ends and charism, are being carried out in various parts of the world where the Institute is present. 

The apostolic character of the Idente Missionaries is found specifically in apologetic dialogue with intellectuals for the defense of revealed truth, and in outreach to youth, especially those who have either lost their Catholic faith or who have never had such a faith.  

The Institute is open to other apostolic missions and to the promotion of humanistic development, always preserving faithfulness to Christ and His Gospel, to the Church and Her mission in the world, and to the Institute’s own patrimony. It therefore adopts the spiritual and social needs of human life, establishing various kinds of foundations to benefit humanity and especially the Church. In carrying out their apostolate, all the members are intent on defending the Chair of Peter and the Magisterium, holding dear the words of Christ to the Prince of the Apostles: Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam meam (Mt. 16:18).


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