The first Neo-Catechumenal community (aka the Way) was founded in 1964 by Francisco “Kiko” Arguello and Carmen Hernandez in Madrid, Spain as a way to evangelize and re-awaken people’s baptismal promises. In 2002, the Way’s statutes were approved by the Vatican for a five-year assessment period and in 2008, the Holy See approved the Way’s final statutes, growing to include more than 1 million participants in over 120 countries. Earlier that year, the Neo-Catechumenal Way came to St Gabriel the archangel Parish. In addition to the renewal of Baptism in individuals in a community, the Neo-Catechumenal Way emphasizes vocations to the priesthood and religious life as well as evangelization around the world by both priests and lay people.
The nature of the Neocatechumenal Way is defined by His Holiness John Paul II when he writes: "I recognize the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic Formation, valid for our society and for our times." It is not a movement or an association, but an instrument in the parish at the service of the bishop to return to faith many of those who abandoned it.
The Neo-Catechumenal Way currently has one of nine seminaries of the U.S. in Denver, where there are seminarians who have come from the U.S., El Salvador. Honduras, Columbia, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ivory Coast, Italy, Spain, and Kiribati.
To find out more about the Neo-Catechumenal Way at St Gabriel, consider attending the Mass for the Neo-Catechumenal Way Community or contact Adrian Alvarez: firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 351-8261.