The Author: Kiko Arguello

Kiko Arguello

Francisco-José Gómez de Argüello Wirtz (Kiko Arguello), was born in Leon, Spain on January 9th, 1939. He studied Fine Arts in the Academy of San Fernando of Madrid receiving the title of Professor of Painting and Design. In 1959 he received the Extraordinary National Prize for Painting.

After a deep existential crisis, a serious conversion happened inside of him which brings him to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ and the Church. In 1960, with the sculptor Coomontes and the Glass Artist Muñoz de Pablos, he founded a group of research and development of Sacred Art named “Gremio 62”. With this group he made exhibits in Madrid (National Library), and represents Spain, being named by the Department of Cultural Affairs, in the Universal Exhibit of Sacred Art in Royan (France) in 1960. In these same dates Kiko exhibited some of his works in Rolanda (Galena “Nouvelles images”).

Convinced that Christ was present in the suffering of the Last Ones of the earth, in 1964 he went to live amongst the poorest, moving into a shanty made out of wood in Palomeras Altas, in the suburbs of Madrid. Later, Kiko met Carmen Hernandez and, driven by the environment of the poor, they saw themselves forced to find a form of preaching, a kerygmatic-catechetical synthesis, which gave birth to the formation of a small Christian community.

The first community was thus born amongst the poor. This community in which was made visible the love of Christ crucified, became a “seed” which, thanks to the then Archbishop of Madrid, Mons. Casimiro Morcillo, was planted in the parishes of Madrid and later on in Rome and other nations. In contact with the parishes of different cultural environments, little by little a way of adult Christian formation was outlined which discovers and recovers the richness of Baptism. Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernandez and the Italian priest Rev. Mario Pezzi, are today the responsible at the international level for the Neocatechumenal Way, which is present in 101 nations in the 5 continents. Kiko Argüello has been invited in numerous occasions by John Paul II as well as Benedict XVI to participate to the Synod of Bishops for the Catholic Church as auditors since 1999. In 2009 he received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Pontfical Institute John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and Family , an institution that has its center in the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. In 2011 he was named consultor of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, founded by Benedict XVI in 2010 to bring about the evangelization of countries with ancient Christian roots which are most a ected by the phenomenon of secularization.

The pastoral renewal which little by little has been brought on in various parishes through the Neocatechumenal Way, has inspired other charisms which have been concretized into instruments at the service of the new evangelization, such as Itinerant Catechists, Missionary Seminaries “Redemptoris Mater”, Families in Mission, Missio ad Gentes, Communities in Mission, which have converted the Neocatechumenal Way into – we can say – an ecclesial vanguard for the announcement of the gospel. In the same way channels of esthetic renewal have been developed (music, painting, architecture, glass-art-work, signs and liturgical ornaments) which are able to express and revive the contents of Christian faith in today’s man.

In this way the songbook “Resucitó” appeared, with around 300 songs for the liturgy that today are sung in all languages in the Church of the world, some of which were included in records already in the 1970’s and others were recently recorded such as “Maria, Piccola Maria” (Italy, 1992) or “Maria, Paloma Incorrupta” (Spain, 2010).

Art Work

Spain

Madrid

  • Apse of the Cathedral of Madrid (La Almudena) with seven great frescos about the mysteries of the life of Christ and with a central “Pantocrator”
  • “The Last Supper”, and “The Dormition of the Virgin”, Parish of Nuestra Señora del Transito;
  • “The Transfiguration”, Parish of San Jose;
  • “Pentecost”, Parish of La Paloma;
  • “Great Mysteric Crown” Parish of St. Catalina Labouré;

Zamora

  • “Birth of Jesus, Baptism and Resurrection””, Parish of San Frontis;

Murcia

  • “Great Altarpiece with the mysteries of the life of Christ” Parish of St. Peter of Pinatar.

Italy

  • Rome, Mural, Crypt in the Parish of the Canadian Martyrs: the “Holy Trinity” and the “Ascension of the Lord”, Parish of Sta. Frances Cabrini;
  • The “Apparition of Christ Risen to St. Thomas, Parish of St. Louis of Gonzague;
  • Porto S. Giorgio: “Mysteries of the Life of Christ”;
  • Florence: “Mysteric Crown”, Parish of St. Bartolo in Tutto;
  • Piacenza: “Mysteries of the Life of Christ”

Israel

  • Domus Galiaeae, Korazim, “The Final Judgement”.

China

  • Shangai, Altarpiece of the Church of St. Francis Xavier.

Architectural Works

  • Israel: on top of the Mount of the Beatitudes, Domus Galilaeae.
  • Italy: Porto S.Giorgio, “International Center for the New Evangelization”.
  • Spain:
  • Madrid, Church and Catechumenium of the Parish of St. Catherine Labouré;
  • Neocatechumenal Center “La Pizarra”, Madrid.
  • Finland: Oulu, Parish Church of St. Ansgar.

References

Orchestra Performances

Mano del director

The Orchestra and Choir of the Neocatechumenal Way (OSCNC) was formed in Madrid on December 8th, 2010. Since its inception, it has performed concerts in the following places:

2011

  • ROME: Paul VI Hall (Nervi Hall), Vatican City, before His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in an Audience with the Neocatechumenal Communities, January 17th, 2011
  • ISRAEL: Aula Magna,Domus Galilaeae (Korazim, Israel), concert for 250 Bishops from all the world, and dignitaries of the State of Israel, January 31st, 2011
  • ISRAEL: Aula Magna,Domus Galilaeae (Korazim, Israel), concert for the Jewish Community of Northern Galilee and dignitaries of the State of Israel, April 21st, 2011
  • PARIS: Church of Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle (Paris, France), March 27th, 2011
  • DUSSELDORF: Arena Esprit (Dusseldorf, Germany), concert celebrated in preparation for World Youth Day 2011, before bishops and dignitaries from Germany, and 50,000 attendees, May 29th, 2011
  • MADRID: La Almudena Cathedral (Madrid, Spain), memorial concert/celebration honnoring the Holy Trinity, presided by the Cardinal of Madrid, for dignitaries of the Diocese of Madrid and general public, March 19th, 2011
  • MADRID: Plaza de Cibeles (Madrid, Spain), concert performed in the Vocational Meeting of the Neocatechumenal Way for World Youth Day 2011, before bishops and dignitaries of the whole world, and 250,000 attendees, August 22nd, 2011
  • ISRAEL: Bethlehem Convention Palace and Auditorium, city of Bethlehem, Christmas concert/celebration presided by the Jerusalem Latin Patriarch, for the christian community of Palestine, December 27th, 2011
  • ISRAEL: Gerard Behar Auditorium of the City of Jerusalem, with the participation of more than 700 Jewish people and presided by Rabbi David Rosen, December 29th, 2011

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2012

  • ROME: Paul VI Hall (Nervi Hall), Vatican City, before His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in an Audience with the Neocatechumenal Communities. January 21st, 2012

  • USA Tour: “A Symphonic Homage and Prayer” (http://www.sufferingoftheinnocents.com/) series of concerts for the Jewish and Catholic communities, in selected USA cities:

    • Boston Symphony Hall, Boston MA, May 6th 2012
    • Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), New York City NY, May 8th 2012
    • Jewish Center of Teaneck, Teaneck NJ, concert for the NJ Jewish communit, May 9th, 2012
    • Brooklyn Cathedral, Brooklyn NY, concert presided by Brooklyn archbishop, May 10th, 2012
    • Chicago Orchestra Hall, Chicago IL, May 14th 2012

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2013

  • POLAND: Auschwitz Memorial Concert, in front of the Gates of Death of Auschwitz-Birkenau (Krakow, Poland) concentration camp, presided by Card. Stanisław Dziwisz and attended by 10,000 people, including members of the Polish Episcopal Conference, around 200 Rabbis and jewish personalities, Krakow political authorities and general public. June 23rd 2013
  • POLAND: Lublin Oval Square (plac Zamkowy), Lublin. Poland. Concert to celebrate Laurea Honoris Causa in Sacred Theology to Kiko Arguello, from the prestigious John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, and performed for members of the JPII Catholic University, Polish Episcopal Conference, around 200 Rabbis and other jewish personalities, Lublin political authorities and general public. June 25th, 2013
  • HUNGARY: Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest. Concert for the Budapest Jewish and Catholic communities, and general public. Pesided by Card. Dr. Péter Erdő. June 27th, 2013

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2015

  • MADRID: Caja Magica Hall, Madrid. Concert for Madrid Neocatechumenal Communities, presided by Madrid Archbishop, D. Carlos Osoro. March 22nd, 2015
  • ISRAEL: Aula Magna, Domus Galilaeae (Korazim, Israel), concert for 200 Jewish Rabbis of the whole world, Bishops and Cardinals of the Catholic Church and dignitaries of the State of Israel. May 5th, 2015

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2016

  • JAPAN: Concerts “in memoriam” for the 2011 Tsunami victims, in selected Japan cities:

    • Main Auditorium, Fukushima city. Presided by Mons. Hirayama and Local authorities. May 5th, 2016
    • City Auditorium of Koriyama. May 6th, 2016
    • Suntory Hall, Tokyo. May 7th, 2016
  • ROME: Paul VI Hall (Nervi Hall), Vatican City, concert/celebration belonging to the acts of the Jubilee of Mercy 2016, presided by Cardinal Paul J. Cordes, for Holy See dignataries, foreign ambassadors and general public. October 7th, 2016.

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2017

  • ISRAEL: Aula Magna, Domus Galilaeae (Korazim, Israel), concert for 400 Jewish Rabbis of the whole world, Bishops and Cardinals of the Catholic Church, and dignitaries of the State of Israel. May 2nd, 2017

  • TRIESTE: Piazza Unità d’Italia, Trieste, memorial concert honoring victims of the Shoah organized by the Diocese, Town Hall and Jewish Community of Trieste. June 25th, 2017

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2018

  • SORIA: Concatedral de San Pedro, Soria, concert in memoriam Carmen Hernandez (http://soriaconcierto.es/), in the Jubilee Year granted by Pope Francis to the Claire Sisters from Soria. Presided by the Bishop of Soria, attended by civil and religious personalities and more than 4000 people. May 27th, 2018

  • BERLIN: Berliner Philharmoniker Hall, Berlin, concert in memoriam of the victims of the Shoah. Presided by the Bishop of Berlin, for diplomatic, religioous and jewish world personalities. June 10th, 2018 http://dasleidenderunschuldigen.de/

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2019

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2021

  • Madrid: Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Honoris Causa doctorate ceremony for David Rosen and Kiko Arguello, a reduced version of the Symphony was performed by string quartet, piano and choir. October 25th, 2021 https://vimeo.com/618762696#t=5585s

  • Roma: Basilica San Paolo Fuori la mura, Roma, Presentation of the book “Carmen Hernandez, Biographic Notes”. November 29th, 2021 https://youtu.be/vtPLc0Zn2Go?t=8380

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2022

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2023

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The Symphony

Maria

THE SUFFERING OF THE INNOCENTS

Dear Brothers and Sisters: How could I presume to compose music? Is it because of my pride? Or my vanity? Be that as it may: “Never avoid doing good for the fear of vanity, for this comes from the devil” an elderly priest once told me. “To do good … " Is it good to compose music? 1 present to you a small musical composition, which I would like to be a homage to the suffering of the innocents. Can music, perhaps, say something more profound on such a significant theme?

Some descriptive comments of the Symphony’s Movements

The CNC Orchestra

Conductors

Principal

Tomáš Hanus

Assistant

Luciano di Giandomenico

Strings

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Guitars, Harp, Piano

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Woodwind

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Brass

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Percussion

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