On Friday, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of the diocese of Westminster in London signed a decree officially establishing the Redemptoris Missionary Seminary.
The signing took place during a
meeting with the initiators and leaders of the Neocatechumenal Way,
including Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernández, Fr. Mario Pezzi and other
leaders of the organisation.
The meeting was attended by almost 2000
This important step comes after twenty years of collaboration
between the diocesan seminary Allen Hall and the Neocatechumenal Way.
“During all these years of cooperation,” the
diocese said, “a huge growing in mutual trust and comprehension has
taken place in the instruction of the candidates to priesthood, deeply
appreciating the strength of the Neocatechumenal Way and its educational
The agreement established that the seminary, as
all Redemptoris Mater seminaries, has a strong missionary character and
“prepare[s] priests with a vocation and Christian life nourished by the
Neocatechumenal Way, ready to serve not only as priests of the
Westminster diocese, but also to respond to the many invitations and
petitions from the New Evangelization in countries all over the world.”
This “agreement also establishes the basis for “a
generous participation of the Westminster's diocese in the missio ad
gentes, which is vital for the Neocatechumenal Way's view, where the
support of the Neocatechumenal Way's families is essential”, the diocese
explained in a communiqué.