We use our own and third party cookies to improve your user experience; by continuing to browse, we understand that you accept their use. You can get more information on our cookies policy.

Rome Reports

You are using an outdated browser

In order to deliver the greatest experience to our visitors we use cutting edge web development techniques that require a modern browser. To view this page please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 or greater

Who was Fernando Rielo, the founder of the Idente Missionaries?

One of defining moments for the Catholic Church in the twentieth century was the great attention given to laity. For example, Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernández founded the Neocatechumenal Way; Chiara Lubich, the Focolares; and Fernando Rielo, the Idente Missionaries. 

Rielo was an intellectual, an author of essays and philosophical studies, but also of poetry. 

Vice President of Idente Missionaries
“He had that impression Christ that he had to establish something, but he told Christ he wanted to consult with thirteen priests, balanced people beforehand. He wanted people who were already mature, people who could say yes, to setting up a foundation. So, he spent two years touring Spain.”

"Everyone told him he had to set something up."

Today, the Idente Missionaries has grown to serving thousands of people in 22 countries. Jose María López Sevillano, the missionaries' vice president, worked alongside Fernando Rielo for 27 years. Now he recalls his most characteristic features.

Vice President of Idente Missionaries
“He was a very intelligent person. Very cultured, very human. Simplicity truly was a trait that stood out and I personally saw that since I worked with him for many years. He was simple and honest, a man who always went ahead with the truth.”

He received numerous awards, such as the Fernando Rielo Chair of Spanish Literature and Thought at the University of the Philippines, and another at the Pontifical University of Salamanca. In addition, the Private Technical University of Loja in Ecuador named him Doctor Honoris Causa.