Trinitarian Family on the way (II): Something new is being born

A generative family

From Majadahonda 1986 "Somos Familia", there is much that has been put at stake in the Trinitarian Family, we can perceive a before and after. The Superiors General met in Rome in May 1987 to put into practice what was suggested by the First Intertrinitarian Assembly. In 1988, on the occasion of the Canonization of Saint Simón de Rojas, the Trinitarian Family had a meeting in Rome with Pope Saint John Paul II, 7/4/1988, who recognized the path undertaken: “The Trinitarian Family makes the Trinitarian charism”.

In September 1988, the "First Meeting of Family Formation for Teachers of Novices" was held in Salamanca. After a process of years, in 1989 in Salamanca the "International Congress of the Trinitarian Laity" took place to agree on the Life Project of the Trinitarian Laity, in which only the Trinitarian laity had the right to vote. In 1992, the Intertrinitarian Assembly of Fusagasugá (Colombia) for America was held: “Making paths of hope”.

Other generative signs: As of 1986, the Trinitarian Ordinations of Madagascar begin and it is founded in India. In 1988 the Institute of Trinitarian Hermits in Guayaquil (Ecuador) was recognized. The Trinitarian Nuns in collaboration, America and Spain, founded a Monastery in Tsiroanomandidy (1989), and the Trinitarian Sisters of Valencia set foot in Antsirabé (1991). something new is being born.

1st Intertrinitarian Assembly of Athis-Mons (Paris)

The II Intertrinitarian Assembly was held in Athis-Mons (July 18-24, 1993), near Paris, in the context of the VIII Centenary of the Inspiration received by Saint John of Matha. Walking the path is made, the dreams and hopes of Majadahonda come true: The first meeting of the Permanent Council of the Trinitarian Family (COPEFAT) is held, as well as the election of the International Council of the Trinitarian Laity (CILT), which here held its first meeting. From now on, the Convocation of each of the Intertrinitarian Assemblies will be made with an Official Communication signed by all the members of COPEFAT.

In the final declaration, the entire Assembly feels sent to: Announce-Release- Celebrate. With force and clarity it is affirmed that the “New evangelization demands, above all, concrete signs of liberation”. The Assembly wonders if “we are capable of listening to the cry of the poor, of our brother, of our neighbor”. This question laid the foundations for the III Intertrinitarian Assembly of Ariccia (Rome 1999), with special emphasis on persecuted Christians.

Among the concrete gestures, it seeks to revive the spirit of the "Tertia pars" to share one's goods with the poor and captives of today. Once again the memory and the desire to return to the spirituality of the "constituent charter" of the Trinitarian Family is evident: the Rule of John of Matha, Gospel lived. Rediscover our houses as "Casa de la Trinidad". As of the VIII Centenary of Inspiration, the Mosaic (Icon) of Saint Thomas in Formis radiates a special light on the entire Trinitarian Family.

The document, in its Conclusion, speaks of the challenge of the Third Millennium: Evangelization, which we can never separate from the preferential option for the poor, the excluded and the persecuted. The Assembly closed at Notre-Dame de Paris with a Eucharist presided over by Bishop Antonio Scopelliti.

On the occasion of the Beatification of Isabel Canori Mora, April 1994, COPEFAT took the opportunity to make its special Statute. And the International Council of the Trinitarian Laity (CILT) dedicated a few days to make its own special Statute.

III Intertrinitarian Assembly of Ariccia (Rome)

Very close to the Eternal City, in Ariccia (Rome), the Third Intertrinitarian Assembly was held on August 25-29, 1999. The Extraordinary General Chapter had been held the week before. In 1998 an important Congress had been held in Rome, from September 16 to 19, 1998, centered on the Trinitarian Rule: “La liberazione dei captivi tra Cristianità e Islam”. The celebration of the Centenaries VIII of the Foundation of the Order and IV of the Reformation is a privileged moment. The Ariccia Assembly has as its motto: “Trinitarian Family… do you hear the clamor of the captives?

Saint John Paul II, in the audience on August 26 in Castelgandolfo, gave the Trinitarian Family a warm welcome. The Holy Father praised the charismatic service in a variety of ways, and encouraged us to continue to pay attention to the cries of the new captives. He applauded in a special way the Organization "Trinitarian International Solidarity" (SIT).

An Assembly that wanted to commit itself to concrete actions "in favor of the poor and the captive"; with these specific objectives: a) Support the foundation of the Order in Sudan; b) Update, as soon as possible, in our Institutes and Associations, the “Tertia Pars”, according to the Rule of Saint John of Matha, creating the “Redemption Box”; c) Assume the Organization “Trinitarian International Solidarity” (SIT) as a common action and in communion of the entire Trinitarian Family; d) Create and develop an “International Network of Trinitarian Youth for the respect of Human Rights”.

He pointed out the importance of the Domus Sanctae Trinitatis et Captivorum, since it is in the experience of God the Trinity that we learn to listen to the cry of the slave and the poor. To achieve its objectives, the Assembly proposed some concrete strategies: a) At the local level: Coordinate ourselves to program prayer, formation and charitable-social works, in common. If possible, in Family; b) At a general level, adhere to the action of Trinitarian International Solidarity (SIT).

And furthermore, the Assembly invited: “We are called to walk together, in the name of the Trinity, feeling ourselves as true brothers: the religious, the religious of contemplative and active life and the laity.

The Assembly considers these demands to be a priority: The pontifical approval of the 'Trinitarian Laity Life Project'; The elaboration of a general formation program for the Laity; That in each of the religious houses of the Trinitarian Family the Trinitarian Laity be promoted, welcoming it and making it aware of its own responsibility; That all the Associations of the Laity be coordinated and represented in the Regional and International Councils (CILT).

The Assembly also motivated us about the urgency of youth and vocation ministry saying: “It is urgent to create a joint youth and vocation ministry and a stable team that coordinates this reality”.

The new temple dedicated to Saint John of Matha

On May 7, 2000, the new temple dedicated to our Father Saint John of Matha was inaugurated, the work of the architects Alberto Ustarroz and Manuel Íñiguez. The solemn Pontifical was presided over by the Bishop of Salamanca and the entire Trinitarian Family was represented.

Approval of the Trinitarian Laity Life Project (P.V.L.T.) in 2000

The Procurator General, Br. Luigi Cianfriglia, with good memory, presented to the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life (CIVCSVA) the Trinitarian Laity Life Project (PVLT), and obtained the approval and confirmation of the text in Italian, on 15 November 2000.

Important Symposiums and Congresses

The Symposia of Theology in Salamanca and the biennial Congresses in Granada are important, and we point out the International Congress of Trinitarian Spirituality, held on December 27-29, 2004, in the General House of the Trinitarians in Madrid. In each of the Intertrinitarian Assemblies, it has been asked to promote and develop the experience of God, the Redeemer Trinity, to live communion more deeply and revitalize our characteristic lifestyle in the face of our own mission.

IV Intertrinitarian Assembly of Mexico

This IV Intertrinitarian Assembly held in Cuautitlán Izcalli (August 15-20, 2005) was illuminated by the motto From the Eucharist, witnesses of redeeming love. The motto is fully in tune with the origin and identity of the redemptive Trinitarian charism. Pope Saint John Paul II had proclaimed between October 2004 and October 2005 the Year of the Eucharist marked by the International Eucharistic Congress of Guadalajara.

This has been the first General Intertrinitarian Assembly that has been held outside of Europe, in Latin America; and that involved the entire Mexican Trinitarian Family, religious and lay Trinitarians. It was desired to promote the Trinitarian Laity of the American nations. The proposals of the Assembly were based on the fact that the strengthening of the Trinitarian Family passes through prayer, fraternity, openness to young people, communication of the charism and solidarity.

Some objectives of this Assembly

After twenty years of progress, between joys and hopes, the following specific objectives were proposed:

1. Carefully investigate the path made as a Family, to reach a synthesis that would allow us to launch ourselves with more passion towards the Trinity and at the service of those who are oppressed today because of the new forms of poverty and slavery. That is why he asked himself: What have we done with the proposals of the previous Assemblies regarding the Statute of Associations, the Family Formation Project, attention to Youth, and charitable-merciful works in common and in communion? Has the spirit and practice of “Tertia pars” been cultivated in the Associations? How has the new Life Project of the Trinitarian Laity (PVLT) approved by the Church been received? What are the lights and shadows of the International Council of the Trinitarian Laity (CILT)? Has the Trinitarian Laity been implanted in all our houses?

2. Secondly, the Assembly intended to connect with the Mexican ecclesial context that was celebrating the Eucharistic Congress to reflect and deepen with specific themes, on its identity and common charismatic mission "inscribed in the heart of the Eucharist", source of the grounded project in the Trinity and Redemption. The closing of the Assembly took place in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with a Eucharist presided over by Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop Primate of Mexico.

P. Isidoro Murciego