On September 28th-29th, 2019, during the centenary of the Consecration of Spain to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an Evangelization Congress took place at the Cerro de los Ángeles. The theme was “By His Wounds We Have Been Healed.”
Those present were able to study in depth different movements and evangelization initiatives present in the Church.
There were also a variety of talks, discussion polls, and conferences during the congress that helped us become aware of our great responsibility as Christians to evangelize our own environment.
The first conference, Mystery to Be Celebrated, was presented by Mother Olga María of the Redeemer, Samaritan Carmelite of the Heart of Jesus. She emphasized that “evangelizing is not theorizing but shouting to the world that there is Someone who loves us free of charge.” She also said that “celebrating the mystery of the Heart of Jesus is a vocation that every Christian has received, and he or she is called to bear witness in every aspect and moment of his or her life.” Cardinal Juan José Omella, Archbishop of Barcelona, presented the second talk, Mystery to Be Lived. He clarified that “you are not evangelizing if you are not in love with God.”
Along side the main event there was also a children’s Congress with activities specifically for children who attended with their families.
Before lunch, we celebrated the Eucharist presided by Cardinal Juan José Omella. In the afternoon, different workshops were offered for the participants to attend according to their interest. The majority were evangelization experiences. Not From this World (NFTW) provided music, Dimitri Conejo shared his testimony, Fr. José Manuel Horcajo spoke about how to evangelize poverty, Fr. Juan Cerrato was in charge of setting up the Life Teen workshop that evangelizes youth using a new catechetical method and Fr. Pedro Jara spoke of Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s spirituality and the Missionaries of Charity. Other workshops dealt with evangelizing married couples (through Proyecto Amor Conyugal- Marital Love Project), and the Augustinian Sisters of the Monastery of the Conversion shared with the children how to evangelize through prayer.
During the break, there was free time to visit stands. Afterwards, other workshops about healing experiences were offered: a testimony of the Comunitá Cenacolo; music from Wellgate; how to face death, with Grupmad; how to face family brokenness, with Betania; how to deal with the lack of freedom, from the penitentiary pastoral; Juan Manuel Cotelo explained how to face resentment through forgiveness, and finally, Sister Carmen Lord, Servant of Jesus, talked about how to deal with sickness.
The last of the presentations on Saturday, 28th, was entitled The Mystery of the Need to Pray, by Lourdes Grosso, Idente Missionary.
During dinner, people enjoyed a live music concert with the Hakuna music group.
After dinner, there was a prayer vigil with the Blessed Sacrament in which the Symphony Orchestra and the Getafe Diocesan Choir participated.
The blessing with the Blessed Sacrament closed the activities of Saturday.
Throughout the Congress the official exhibit on the life and spirituality of Mother Teresa of Calcutta was on display in three tents equipped with panels, images and even a sculpture of the saint.
The next day opened with Laudes, which was followed by the fourth and final presentation: The Mystery to be Believed given by the Bishop of San Sebastián, Mons. José Ignacio Munilla. In it, he pointed that it is the Sacred Heart who "sends us to out evangelize as a Church with its constant movement, as that of a beating heart, which makes the Kingdom of God continue to spread among us."
Then, after a break, there was the presentation of the Diocesan Evangelization Plan by Mons. Ginés García Beltrán, the bishop of the Diocese of Getafe and Mons. José Rico Pavés, the auxiliary bishop.
Before lunch everyone attended the Holy Mass inside the basilica which closed the Congress.
The Home of the Mother had the grace of being present at the Congress, in one of the 22 stands. At the stand, the Servant Priests and Sisters, laity and youth of the Home, welcomed those who stopped and presented the movement and its charism and the activities organized by the Home. It was almost always full of people, being the most visited. People kept taking Sister Clare and Catholic Stuff cards (we ran out before the end of the Congress). They also showed us their gratitude for all the catechetical, formative, and spirituality resources that come to them through HM Televisión, Radio HM and in general, for all the initiatives of the Home of the Mother.
We thank God for allowing us to participate in this Congress. To the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Our Mother and to the saints who were present there, we ask that all the efforts put forth towards the success of this encounter, bear fruits of eternal life.
Sr. Miriam Ferrer, S.H.M.