Some History

By the will of God, each member has come to the community by the infinite mercy of God. Each member was called in by the Lord himself in a different way. We started falling in love with Jesus, the Gospel proclamation, the Eternal Father and the Holy Spirit almost without realizing it. By the hand of our Lady in heaven, chained with her rosary, we found the road that will lead us to eternal life if we persevere. Like her, we would like to be very little, almost like "nothing," so that we then can be filled with the "all" in service to our server for the greater glory of God and His Holy Church.

Each, in different circumstances and in different times and eras, heard in our own way the voice of the Lord inviting us to serve in a direct and unambiguous way. That day by his own mercy we said "Speak, Lord your servant is listening"

One day in a prayer group, while praying the rosary, in one Eucharist, in one hour of worship, in a Bible study session, in that verse illuminated by the Holy Spirit, in an event of sickness or affliction, in the near or distant miracle, in the example and word of a priest, in a homeless person (miserito), in the magisterium of the church, in the lives of the saints, by the word of a friend or acquaintance, in a message of the Blessed Virgin Maria from one of her appearances, or in one of her wonderful expressions of love for us, his children. In short, now it is not important to mention the individual way of how we begin our journey of conversion and came to the community and service. For now,let's describe how everything started and how the group was formed.

On July 1986, the visit of His Holiness John Paul II marked the lives of many young servants. His words, his actions, his gestures, his calling and his expressions of father and good shepherd caused them to fall in love with the calling to serve Christ and his Church. His call to the laity to serve as an echo of the Second Vatican Council gained unusual strength in their hearts. They started wanting to serve and be formed within their Catholic church, fulfilling and retaking their promises since their baptism.

Trying to serve the needy, they help different groups in their parishes with social works without the intention of sharing the love and charity in the image of Christ. Only the altruistic sense of acting and feeling good, "doing something," for those in need. Different organizations appeared in the list. For example, “El Minute de Dios”, “La Fundacion niños de los Andes”, the Eudes foundation, St. Vincent de Paul, the epocalana foundation, some works in “Ciudad Bolivar”, few not for profit organizations, some prayer groups like Our Lady of the Rosary in Felipe Gomez house, some nursing homes as “Pro-vida” and other works that for many at that time was the excuse to be involved in charity.

But there came the gift of the good God. A holy Jesuit priest called Roberto Cabrera Ortiz, who after visiting Medjugorje and witnessing the manifestations of the Blessed Virgin Mary decided to dictate many conferences on the Virgin and her manifestations. He also decided to create a prayer group in the apartment of his family and from there to exercise their apostolate of love to spread the messages of our lady and the value of the rosary.

Every Friday night, a small group of youth and women gathered to pray the Holy Rosary and to receive spiritual direction. Our focus was on the teachings of the church, the messages of Our Lady, and the Holy Eucharist. Gradually, we formed a group of about 20 people, including children, youth, and adults. Over time we acquired the habit of praying the rosary daily, participating in the Eucharist daily, going to confession frequently, and attending all of the events promoted by the church. We became known as "The Group of Father Cabrera."

After years of spiritual growth, we increasingly began to feel like we were saints; we almost levitated in holiness… How wrong we were! Inspired by heaven, we noticed that through Eucharist adoration along with praying the rosary, things started to change. The word of God came alive and the prayers became more powerful and persistent. Then, we started doing perpetual adoration at our own parish since they were opening chapels for Eucharist adoration. We began to pray for the intentions of the health of our Pope, for our bishops and priests, for our parish, and for the peace of Colombia and the world. Of course, without leaving behind the particular intentions that our God inspired in our hearts.

In the early 90s, we found richness in prayer and the Holy Rosary. Over time, these became the perfect excuse to meet almost every day of the week. Even on weekends, it became a habit to go on pilgrimages to nearby Marian sites or to attend various Catholic events that were scheduled in different places.

From our Mother Church we also received the wonderful gift of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which helped us deepen the meaning of Christianity and our belonging to the Church. So, we went from group to group and from event to event in this five-year period, praying and developing in our spiritual growth. We met many priests who gave us wonderful homilies. They also explained the meaning of the Eucharist.

We were beginning to understand the Franciscan charisma. The figure of Mother Teresa stood out with her immense example of a life of service. From Sister Faustina we found the mercy of God and welcomed it. Pope John Paul II impressed us every day with his call and invitation to live the gospel. We also gained wisdom from the time the Pope spent during his Global Youth Days traveling around the world.

During this time, Padre Pio appeared in our lives "literally" and we learned about his life by Fray Ernesto Campos. He was a Franciscan priest who we affectionately called Fray "Campitos". He became the spiritual director for many young people who wanted to find the meaning of the lord in their lives.

Little by little, he became an important part of our spirituality and somehow he began molding us towards charity and service. As time went on, we learned more about his life, his dedication to consecrated life, his sacrifice and penance, his special love for Christ and his passion, his obedience to his bishop, and his superiors. He loved the church despite all the vicissitudes through which he lived. He showed us the path to follow and thanks to him, we have found the strength and wisdom to learn how to listen to the will of God in our lives. He also taught us how to persevere in the works that are God's will for the light of the church and His own glory.

In 1996, as our hearts were burning with love for Jesus, we began living the wonderful years of the Jubilee 2000. Each year we diligently studied everything that the holy father proposed to us about the Trinitarian mystery. We intently prepared to win the indulgences offered and our agendas were full of events and activities. In 1997, the year dedicated to Jesus, we began to look deeper into the gospel and began to feel discomfort. We felt that something was missing and that Jesus was calling us for something else, something special. We did not understand or perhaps did not want to listen. We were so comfortable with our easy life, free of real commitment and sacrifice. We did not want to allow anything to disturb our way.

In 1998, the year of the Holy Spirit, one day we were studying the word of God. We asked the Holy Spirit to show us through His word how to please and give our hearts to Him. The Lord gave us a text in chapter 2 of James which said, "What good is it for one of you to have faith if your actions do not prove it?” (Jm. 2, 14-26).

We wanted to think it was like a small Pentecost. Of course, we had heard this verse before, but that day we saw things very clearly. We had received so much from the Lord, yet felt we had not represented Him to our brothers and sisters in a meaningful way. An immense happiness flooded our lives as we felt the Lord calling us in such a subtle, yet powerful way. So, we kept praying and doing penance, but we didn’t know what to do or where to start in order to please the Lord. One day soon after, we felt this small Pentecost again through the Apostle Matthew, “The son of man has not come to be served, but has come to serve.” (Mt. 20,28)

It was very clear that we needed to serve. We had been offered so many spiritual and physical gifts from Heaven, but we had not served; we had not given ourselves to the Lord. We had the preparation, faith, and hope, but charity was not in our lives in any significant way. But how and to whom should we serve? We prayed and sacrificed more, and attended more vigils in which we asked for guidance from God. And God, not being one to wait, gave us a response:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25, 31-40)

And then the Holy Spirit enlightened us with an immense phrase: "BE SERVANTS FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST." So we received the announcement, the call, and the way. Even though we helped in some work as we have said, in deeper discernment, we along with Father Cabrera decided to start our own service as a group. We picked a day and went to a supermarket called “Carulla”. There, we bought bread, cheese slices, ham, butter, napkins, and plates. In Father Cabrera’s apartment we made the sandwiches and we decided to distribute them at the gate of the atrium of Saint Ignatius church, in one of the corners of the “Plaza de Bolivar” (Bogota). There, we felt that we would find people in need but, also that we would be safe behind the gate from any possible violence on their part.

We stood there ready to serve but, no one came. As we waited, we prayed the sorrowful mystery of the Holy Rosary since it was Friday. As we finished praying, we decided to go home thinking that this was not God’s will… Maybe we had been deceived by “the devil” in placing our hearts into something that was not to be. But, as we opened the gate, this man nearly 7 feet tall, appears out of nowhere with a black cap.

Torn and grimy, his hair was matted and looked like it hadn't been combed in a year. His beard reached down to his chest and it was covered with food and yellow stains from the glue that he inhaled. He was toothless. He was wearing at least 7 old coats and sweaters that were dampened with rain from the previous night. His finger and toenails were like the claws of a bear. Later, we learned that he was known as "the bear" or called crazy because of this irrational and unpredictable behavior.

He wore run down tennis shoes and they were almost to the sole. His pants only came down half way and were torn. His appearance was very intimidating and his smell nauseating. However, in spite of this and without time to go back to the safety of the gate, he came towards us saying, “I’m hungry, please do you have any change for God's sake Padresito…have pity on us, the poor.”

Being scared, Father Cabrera looked at me and said, "Give the man a sandwich!" A little scared myself, I did not offer the sandwich to him but placed it in from of him as if I was feeding a steak to a wild animal. However, the man reached out his hand and took the sandwich, taking it observing what was inside. When he looked inside, he let out an exclamation of, “Thank you Father, God bless you. This is true food.” All of a sudden, he grabbed me and hugged and kissed me on the cheek while jumping for joy. With his mouth half full of a sandwich, he continued to thank God for his food and then said, “Can I have another?” At that moment, another beggar appeared out of nowhere, and then a third, and a fourth, shouting at others to come over because, “They are giving out food.” They all thanked God for their nourishment as the sandwiches quickly disappeared from our baskets.

Meanwhile, we were surrounded by people that were screaming and fighting, like the pigeons in the Plaza Bolivar do, over a piece of corn. They gave us more hugs and kisses, but the "Bear" tells them to hug the “Padresito” because, “nobody else does this for us.” Laughter and happiness among them gave us a certain confidence, as the paralyzing fear had been replaced by a sense of security that came from the hands of Father Cabrera as he blessed each beggar. They would say, “Bless me father” and they started asking for little medals. When the food was gone, and he had finished blessing everyone, we went into the church and closed the door. Then we went to wash our hands and face, first making sure that we hadn’t been robbed.

Next, we went to the tabernacle to thank God that we had been safe, but also to thank God for the happiness that we felt in our hearts. Nothing could remove the joy that we felt, and we looked at each other in admiration and happiness, maybe with the uncertain decision to do it again. And we began planning ways to improve the service next time. (And so it will be repeated until eternity if it is the will of our Lord) We fed the Lord and Jesus, who lives in them, had blessed us! We were excited because we had done the Lord’s will. Thus began this madness of love that today is an ecclesial reality.

We had the help of Father Rafael Arias (RIP), a priest from Samacá (Boyacá), full of love for the Virgin of the Miracle of Topo. He was very dear to us because he accompanied us in those early years. Thanks to him, we learned how to talk to people about our stories and works of charity. We realized that we should resume the service we did with the “pocalana” foundation. We wanted to go through the streets in search of those who were hungry, not only in the physical sense but for love - that spiritual hunger that only the Lord with his infinite love can satisfy.

We had helped in Franciscan’s restaurants for the needy. We had helped Jaime Jaramillo with the “niños de los Andes”. We had helped at the EUDES foundation, rescuing kids from the streets. We had helped those in need after floods in “Patio Bonito” from the Tunjuelito river. We had helped some homeless in the Cartucho street. Finally, after seeing Mother Teresa serve the forgotten men on the streets, we made the decision, guided by the Holy Spirit, to serve the homeless. They were the people through which Christ would receive our service and apostleship. Thus, taking the word of God, a piece of bread, a hot drink, and a loving and merciful hug from christ became our goal.

The first to serve in an organized manner was Father Rafael Arias, as he began to congregate with the homeless in “Tunja” and “Samaca” over a hot chocolate and a piece of bread. He was able to get his bishop to give him a house in “Tunja" in which he could receive them yet, Father Arias’ health and a lack of knowledge about the mission from those who helped him, made it so that this mission was short-lived.

However, everything was different in Bogota. Some of us resumed the work in “Ciudad Bolivar” in a neighborhood called “Bella Flor” in a place known as “La Gospa”. In July of 1999, we started to bring snacks to about 200 children every Wednesday. We would play games and talk to them about the gospel and church. Thanks to the support of the Oblates Benedictine sisters, we found them clothes, shoes, books, and anything else they needed. On Saturdays, we began to catechize in preparation for the first communion of many children, and the baptism of others. To this day, we still continue to do this work here, even though for a couple of years we could not do it due to pressure from gangs and terrorist groups.

In September of 1999, we started serving at a new location at the bridge of “Eldorado” avenue with “Boyacá" avenue. There were a lot of displaced children from the “cartucho" street living under the bridge. These children were between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. They were abandoned by their parents or had become orphaned.

Eventually, we were able to get their daily meals paid for at a nearby restaurant. We were also able to establish a public bathroom for them to use at a vacant lot. After a while, six children were admitted to the programs of Father Javier de Nicolo. Nine were killed by social cleansing groups because they refused to leave the bridge. Others, once they reached adulthood fell into jail and the rest simply disappeared. During remodeling of the bridge, the shacks from the children disappeared as well as this site as a point of service.

We remember Pachito, the first beggar that we helped at that site. At nine years of age, he was the “boss” of the site, and he was the one who decided who could live there.. Over the years, we became very close to him and formed a close bond. We were able to get him to pray the Rosary everyday, to quit smoking marijuana, and leave this life to live in “Bosconia". Unfortunately, after many years living in the same place something terrible happened. On Thursday night, he was supposed to come in to one of our homes to take a shower and get new clothes. He planned to attend a meeting that was going to change his life the next morning. On Thursday night he was removed from his shack. On Friday morning, he was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in a nearby park.

Going back to the year 1999 - as a group, we started going out on the streets especially to the “calle del cartucho”. Our visits to the cartucho were occasional since most participants were afraid of the indigent. However, in “Ciudad Bolivar” we had an active presence during Christmas and the school year. In this year, the year of the Father, we decided to give our group a name because we thought it was important to have a name. And although we participated in a prayer group called "Garden of Jesus and Mary", in the light of the Holy Spirit we decided to call ourselves servants of the real servant, recalling the previous call of the Holy Spirit. That is “Servants of the Servant" - servants in the image of Christ who served us until he gave his life for us.

We remember Pachito, the first beggar that we helped at that site. At nine years of age, he was the “boss” of the site, and he was the one who decided who could live there.. Over the years, we became very close to him and formed a close bond. We were able to get him to pray the Rosary everyday, to quit smoking marijuana, and leave this life to live in “Bosconia". Unfortunately, after many years living in the same place something terrible happened. On Thursday night, he was supposed to come in to one of our homes to take a shower and get new clothes. He planned to attend a meeting that was going to change his life the next morning. On Thursday night he was removed from his shack. On Friday morning, he was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in a nearby park.

Going back to the year 1999 - as a group, we started going out on the streets especially to the “calle del cartucho”. Our visits to the cartucho were occasional since most participants were afraid of the indigent. However, in “Ciudad Bolivar” we had an active presence during Christmas and the school year. In this year, the year of the Father, we decided to give our group a name because we thought it was important to have a name. And although we participated in a prayer group called "Garden of Jesus and Mary", in the light of the Holy Spirit we decided to call ourselves servants of the real servant, recalling the previous call of the Holy Spirit. That is “Servants of the Servant" - servants in the image of Christ who served us until he gave his life for us.

In the year 2000 we begin an unprecedented growth. As few as we were, more people started asking to be included in the group. We lived the wonderful jubilee year serving in a disorderly manner, isolated in our own little groups and helping others independently. Some worked with children in orphanages, others with homeless, others with the elderly, others with the sick in hospitals and others at the social services from their parishes. But we were united in prayer and love around Jesus. But the Spirit came upon us and inspired by the word of God and the image of the apostles, we decided to consolidate as a group and join our efforts with a common goal ... "the homeless“. Thus, we began to serve the homeless where they were on the streets and to be a living presence of Christ, sharing the love of the eternal Father by the hand and under the mantle of Our Lady, the first servant.

As a group, we celebrated a Mass in the chapel of San Francisco Javier at the Javeriana University on 8 December 2000. There we promised to serve the Lord as a prayer group forever. We make a promise before the Blessed Sacrament and we were blessed and anointed by the Father Cabrera.

In the year 2001, the graces of the blessing would not wait and in May 2001 the first group under the new servant name was installed in the corner of St. Ignatius church. Another point of service was organized at the intersection of ninth and tenth street. We started walking the streets until we arrived at the atrium of the church of San Ignacio. The following month, two more points of service were established, one in the atrium of St. Ignatius church and the other one at sixth street at the San Francisco church. For several months, this tour was repeated until we became more daring and reached the limits of the “cartucho”.

We began to know some of the homeless by their nicknames and some by their names. However, knowing the displacement to which homeless are subjected because of their reputation, we began meeting them at a place called “la culebrera” located at the intersection of 63 street and 30 street. On May 31, 2001, it was decided by heavenly calling that we should serve from this point every Thursday morning from 10am to 11:30 a.m. Initially, we brought sandwiches and hot chocolate for about 10 or 15 beggars. We also brought rosaries and some stamps of the Virgin Mary and our Lord.

The following week, after a positive experience, new ladies decide to join the service and the following week more ladies and the group began to grow. What a blessing to see how many people wanted to express their love and desire to serve. At one point, there were more servants serving than miseritos. The site became famous because we were allowed to borrow a house where they could bathe and use the toilet. There was also a dining room to sit and make meetings and prayer. Every Thursday we served a group of 80 to 100 homeless who gathered there. This service continues today, with its ups and downs according to the number of homeless – this varies depending on the displacement forced by the police and social cleansing groups.

On August 31, 2001, a group of youth resumed with the help of Father Javier de Nicolo at courtyard in the center (12 street with 16 road) and every Sunday morning they began the service. First, about 20 beggars gathered around this site, eventually growing to about 300 homeless. At this site the homeless were fed, encouraged, catechized and they prayed. Bathing and hairdressing services were also offered as well as nursing care and clean clothes to those who bathed. The love and companionship of Jesus was shared through recreational activities. Every Sunday, between 15 and 40 young people still perform this work. Due to challenges with the budget and management changes, we are no longer allowed to borrow the house and we were asked to move out. In order to not forsake the beggars who already know us and expect us, we began to serve them on the surrounding streets to the “cartucho”. At this time, we obtained permission from the gang leaders in the “cartucho” to go inside. Here we are the living presence of Jesus Christ and the love of the eternal Father, by the hand and under the mantle of Our Lady the first servant. So far, this service continues until today. Every morning 400 beggars attend and almost 40 servants provide this service.

During the year 2001 the service at these sites continued. Each day the number of beggars grew, along with the number of servants that came. Prayer continued at the sites described including the Javeriana Univeristy, Father’s Cabrera apartment and the Koegler family house. Each month we participated in the Holy Eucharist as a group and two small retreats were held that year.

In June 2002, we received a wonderful gift; 7 servants traveled to Rome to attend the canonization of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. Everything was new and good on their return. It’s like they brought the blessing of the hands of Padre Pio received from the marble tomb. Everything began to grow. More asked to attend the services and prayers. We could no longer fit in the apartment and someone let us borrow a bigger place for prayer. This was a blessing because now more people could participate. Additionally, this was the year of the Rosary and we participated as a community in countless events around Bogota and other nearby sites. We conducted a day of prayer in the “Plaza de Bolivar”. We accompanied our, now Cardinal Rubiano, in the days of prayer proposed and directed by him. Thus, we increased our apostolic action and our service.

On December 8 2002, we celebrated our second year as a group around the Holy Eucharist and the sacrament of communion. We conducted talks about the life of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina and the life of the church and its saints. For Christmas, we sponsored gifts for 150 poor families. We gave away three hundred T-shirts emblazoned with the image of the Virgin, along with three hundred sets of clothing for men, women and children with scarves, hats and gloves. On Christmas Day, we provided a great feast in Jesus’ name, sharing “tamales” and hot chocolate with our beggars on the streets with much love and brotherhood.

In January 2003, motivated by this growth in love, harmony and service we held our annual retreat in the “foyer de Charité”. Here, we began to sense that we must organize ourselves differently, because the operation of the different service points was becoming unmanageable. In this wonderful place is where the presence of heaven is so special. Here the idea to become a group linked to the Catholic Church arose because the possibility of being a humanitarian organization was latent in the air. We started working toward this goal by following the church hierarchy as Father Cabrera made the first inquiries in the Archdioceses for how we should proceed.

By the designs of heaven, Father Cabrera our spiritual director was transferred from “Bogota” to “Manizales” and we felt like orphans. Father Cabrera did not want to lead our group from a distance so we were set adrift. We felt that without him we could not continue. Who would support us? Who would defend us? Who would celebrate mass for us? Who would accompany us? Who would lead us? We could not do it alone because we had always depended on his direction and his opinions. He was our father and without him we did not have the spiritual maturity to face the future.

Then, something encouraged us to move forward. In April, we opened a new service site at the soccer stadium “El Campin”, continuing to prepare new points of service with advice from the Administrative Department of Social Wellbeing (DABS) and the mayor’s office in Bogota. We were also allowed to serve in the Permanent Unit of Justice (UPJ) thanks to the help and support from the National Police.

We spent our Easter at the “Foyer de Charité” under the watchful guidance of Father Fernando Umaña, who from that moment assumed spiritual direction of some of the members and the group. He gave us some indications and encouraged us to continue with the words …”If this work is from God, himself will bring it to fruition”. We must pray constantly and not stop serving.

With this new breath, on May 2, 2003 we launched our service in “Servitá”. In June, we inaugurated the service in “Jasmine” and July in “Serena”. The service with the Permanent Unit of Justice (UPJ) is becoming stronger every day. In September, we participated in a initiative to support the homeless at the “Parque de los Novios,” sponsored by the Mayors Office.

However, desolated and seeking refuge, we decided to advance our yearly retreat asking the light of the Holy Spirit. For things of God, in the month of November we ended up on a mountain in “Piedecuesta Santander”, with the community of the “Ermitaños Eucarísticos del Padre Celestial”. Here, Father Antonio Lootens received us, listened to us and recognized the spirituality of Padre Pio in our group. He recognized the service as God’s work and blessed it. With loving words, he invited us to continue what we had accomplised and not to abandon it. He also asked us to initiate the service in “Piedecuesta” and “Bucaramanga”. He offered us his support, guidance, and help.

As a renewal, that night of October 31 and continuing on November 1, 2003, we made a decision. In light of the Holy Spirit, on this wonderful mountain, we decided to revitalize the work by opening it to the world, establishing it as “Apostolic Community Servants of the Servant”. The next day on November 2, the announcement inviting people to the service was made in every Eucharist. Everything was starting to happen, thanks be to God, and the service began to have a strong foundation on these new terms. We returned to Bogota renewed by the strength of the Spirit in our hearts and we began to organize everything necessary to get back on track.

On December 8, 2003 during a gathering of the community in the parish of the Holy Eucharist, we made the choice and the decision to conform with the church as an association of the faithful. This is the initial path that we decided to follow, to be united with our Holy Mother Church and from it in, obedience to our bishop to serve as image of Jesus from the parishes and their pastors. This is the day that was chosen as the date and foundation of the community. There are 7 pillars selected that will direct the paths of the community for the greater glory of the Church and the joy of the Heavenly Father. The first sackcloth and the first blue scapulars are imposed. Also the first “Servita” and “paciente” brothers are called. We issued our vows before the Blessed Sacrament. Vows of Obedience, humility, and service, after the Eucharist.

This is the first record of consecrations with the names of the “pilares”, first “Servitas”, and the first “pacientes”

The rule as written in the Foyer de Charité in Cogua is configured with the supervision of the father Umaña, who will guide the spirituality aspect. We rely on the assistance and advice of several priests who encourage us to work and serve. (Astolfo Moreno, Jerson Umbarila, Jesus Alberto Pinzon, Ancizar Martinez Blandon, Wilmar Roldan, Roddy Salas, Humberto Silva, Monsignor Luis Vicente Gutierrez, Fray Guillermo Muñoz ofm, Daniel Ferreira. etc.) The “Yugo Service” of official prayers of the community is also configured. To confirm our decision, Heaven sends a group of homeless people on December 10 with the help of the DABS.

We made the initial approaches to the Church and its hierarchy with the Lord Bishop Agustín Otero Largacha (RIP). Auxiliary Bishop of the area of Christ Priest. And at that time with Monsignor Alejandro Henao Vicar of the area of San Pedro, which taught us some of the procedures that must be followed under the rules of the Catholic Church. Although they could not promise anything, they encouraged us to continue serving the church until it can look up us with mercy and allow us be part of it because we want to serve our Lord. That Christmas, like the one from a year earlier, was full of work and gifts. The crusade of gifts and clothes was wonderful, since we were able to cover all points of service. The response to the different Servants is phenomenal and that way, service is provided from within the fraternity and love. People sing, dance, laugh and give out Love in the name of Jesus, our Servant.

In January of the year 2004, the opportunity arises to go to Ibagué – Colombia to visit father William since a parish in that city was assigned to him, and there our founder Jorge Andrade receives the call of the Lord to make the offering of his life to serve God until eternity, at a ceremony presided by father William on January 24th. He then starts using the sackcloth as a symbol of detachment from the world and the material things as well as total commitment to God. As a result of that, there were tears of joy. The first consecrations in Ibague were also performed.

On January 5th of that same year the community was founded in Piedecuesta Santander – Colombia with the first 10 people providing services.

On March 2004, the church Saint Thomas Moro open their doors to our community and we launched our official first service at Timiza neighborhood located in Bogotá, Colombia. The tasks keeps growing, and at that point they were almost three hundred (300) servants and additional points of service were required to keep up with the growing demand.

On March 13th the community celebrated a Mass to consecrate new servants at the San Juan de Avila church.

In April, we launched the Quiroga´s point of service. At the same time, we launched the Fontibon´s point of service. Quiroga and Fontibón are neighborhoods located in the south of Bogotá, Colombia.

On May 7, 2004, we celebrated a Mass again to consecrate new servants at the Sagrada Eucaristia church.

On May 25th, we had to perform new consecrations for new servants at San Juan Avila church.

The community is gradually growing, and the number of servants increasing. Those servants continue to faithfully serve in the points of service in the streets of Bogota, reaching a total amount of 24 points of service, where every Friday the servants flocked to the rosario of servitas or to Lectio Divina at the Sagrada Eucaristia located at Pablo VI neighborhood with their bags of bread, ham and cheese were to prepare the sandwiches at home for each service to attend to.

In the month of July the first consecrations of Servants in Bucaramanga took place.

In July, as a gift from our Señora de Chiquinquira the Episcopal conference from Colombia releases an approval of the Estatutes of the community Donum Christi Servants of the Servant and also informs that they should be presented in each Archdiocese of the country, beginning the process with the Archdiocese of Bogota.

On October 12, 2004, the female religious branch was founded with a young named Elisa Siatoya who was one of Community Pillars and she felt God’s call for a strong commitment. That group was named “Samaritanas Di Padre Pio”. Afterwards, in November, a Servita young member of the community manifested her vocation to take perpetual privates vows in a mass celebrated by father Daniel Ferreira in December 8th 2004 and January 24th of the next year. Another young servant also took the perpetual privates vows at the same church San Juan de Avila. The three young women start to live their community life together on May 1st 2005, in a rented house located in the Salitre neighborhood.

Maybe at this point in the document there are certain things that have been forgotten and even disrupted not only throughout the document, also mentally. Many of the extraordinary events of God’s misericord may not be included in this document but may appear in other documents. There are so many things to say that I believe it is the moment to finish until another “make history and memory to God’s Glory”

We want to note that the work that we resumed from past years is a reality now, through a community dining hall where 100 children from Bella Flor and paraiso neighborhoods are being fed daily. They also offer support to the Community pots where 300 persons get to enjoy their daily help in the san Jose de los sauces y Villa de los Alpes neighborhoods.

Bogota, June 10, 2004
Until this date, here is where the document was and was delivered to Lord Cardinal Rubiano and Bishop Olavio López, Vicar for the religious life of the Archdiocese of Bogotá, and Monsignor Rafael Cotrino Badillo Episcopal Vicar of the area of Christ the priest at that time.

On January 24 the vows of a Samaritan sister are taken and she is named Francisca of Jesus’ Love.

On January 29, 2005 the first General Chapter of the community takes place giving the community it’s full complete name Donum Christi Servants from the Servant Apostolic community children di Padre Pio.

Between March and May of 2005, in the parish of the Angustias, at the request of the parish priest Father Suavek, the community participates every Thursday in a vigil for the community as well as for the future service in the Santafe neighborhood.

In May, the community leases its first house that will be called “Santa Ana” in the Salitre Greco neighborhood, receiving its initial approval at the Archdiocese of Bogotá.

On July 9, 2005, the Episcopal Conference of Colombia replied to the statutes approving them throughout Colombia assuring that each community must be represented in each archdiocese.

On July 14, 2005, the male religious community was founded with the name Samaritans di Padre Pío, in a wonderful ceremony at the Sagrada Eucaristia church. The communities in Cali and Barrancabermeja were also founded on this day.

On August 19, 2005, through the document SPEC 14660/05 signed by Monsignor Fabian Marulanda Velez; the Episcopal Conference of Colombia gave the National recognition as a Christian entity. It also requires the approval of their statutes and legal personality from the Archdiocese of Bogota, as a faithful private association. This will encourage the community to continue promoting the charisma provided by the Holy Spirit.

On September 29, 2005 the first consecrations of servants are held in the city of Tunja in a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Monsignor Luis Augusto Castro, Archbishop of the city.

On December 8, 2005 two young people who expressed their desire to surrender to the Lord in a more radical way, and other members of the community as well as consecrated servants, took vows in a mass officiated by father Wilson Salazar in the parish of san Martin de Porres.

In 2005 they establish the first organization of the operation for the Community.
At the end of the year 2005, Mr. Henry Gallo Castillo is consecrated as a member of the Board of Pillars.

By December 31st, 2005, the number of consecrated reached a total of 231 people.

In April, Juan Pablo II House inaugurates and the community life of the Samaritans of Father Pio starts as well.

On June 13, 2006, which is the day of San Antonio of Padua, the dining Hall of Santafe neighborhood is founded under the name of Juan Pablo II.

In 2006, the community service starts in Barranquilla, with a dining hall for children at the St. Henry Parish in La Manga neighborhood. The celebration for Father Pio takes place at the parish of the Holy Eucharist. Cities and service points are visited and training is provided. The second chapter of the Community is done.

In March 2007, the Community was founded in Manizales with José Ricardo Romero who is a dedicated servant from Bucaramanga that moves his residence to this city.

On March 2, 2007, the dining hall Mother Teresa of Calcutta is founded in Bogotá for elderly people.

On March 23, 2007 the first two missionaries of the community where consecrated as “Missionaries di Padre Pio” Elizabeth Blanco and Martha Gomez Gomez; Pillar Rafael Diaz as well.

On June 16, 2007 the St. Francis of Asis house is taken over in the Girardot neighborhood, near the recycling area called Ramirez. The contract to manage seven Community dining halls is given to us in a contract with Bogota’s town hall.

On December 18, 2007 Monsignor Pedro Rubiano Sáenz Archbishop of Bogota and Cardinal of Colombia issued the Decree 1339 for the approval of the community as a private Association of faithful in this Archdiocese. Cities and service points are visited and training is provided. The celebration for Father Pio takes place at the parish of the Holy Eucharist, and they commemorate Father Pio’s week as well. The third chapter of the Community is done.

In 2008 several communities are founded in areas such as Medellín, Ocaña, Cúcuta and Sabanalarga located in Colombia.

In March of this year we have a visit from Archbishop Monsignor Pedro Rubiano from Bogotá – Colombia, who gives his blessings to the Santa Teresita house that will be the meeting point for the Servants as well as the designated area for praying.

On March 2, ‘San Francisco’ dining hall opens for the kids of the Ramirez neighborhood. Visits to the different cities take place and training is provided. The celebrations for Father Pio’s week are held.

On December 8th, the celebration for Father Pio takes place in the chapel of the Tabernacle of the First cathedral presided by Monsignor Aldo Cavalli. Cities and service points are visited and training is provided.

The fourth chapter of the community is done.

Service in Neiva starts in July, 2009.

On September 18, 2009 the Father Pio House of Mercy’s was founded. The House was given by the Dadep, which is a district body. Afterwards, there will be a dining hall and a bakery for elderly people.

In June, the Juan Pablo II House gets remodeled after suffering structural damages. Visits to the different cities take place and training is provided.

On September 23, 2009 the celebration for Father Pio takes place at Bogota’s cathedral, and they commemorate Father Pio’s week as well. All cities are visited and training retreats are performed at each site.

The fifth chapter of the community is done.

On January 17th, and by God’s grace, we were given a first degree relic from Father Pio as a donation from San Giovanni Rotondo, which confirmed his charisma towards us. The General Servant and Rafael Dias went to Italy to collect the relic.

On February 7th, the relic’s enthronement to the Santa Teresita house was done by Father Humberto Silva. The entire community attended the event and was blessed by the Father at the end of the celebration.

On April 23rd, the missionaries of Padre Pio were founded. The consecration of the first missionaries of Father Pio also took place it was held in the Parish of the Holy Eucharist, celebrated by Father Germán Acosta, director of Radio Maria Colombia.

On June 8th, Bishop Gabriel Londoño, visits us and made the necessary revision for the enthronement of the blessed Sacrament at Santa Teresita house, which will be performed by Monsignor Aldo Cavalli on the 11th of the same month.

The bakery is inaugurated for the community to use.

In August, the 100th anniversary of the ordination of Padre Pio takes place.

In September, the celebration for Father Pio takes place at the Primada Cathedral, and they commemorate Father Pio’s week as well.

On October 6th, by decree 016, Bishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, Archbishop of Bogota, grants the reservation permit for the Blessed Sacrament to the Santa Teresita house.

Cities and service points are visited and training is provided

The sixth chapter of the community is done.

On November 21st, Torretta was born as a service home for youth; the first music workshops took place as well as dance, theater and audiovisual effects with children from John Paul II dining hall.

In January we received Ecclesiastic legal status from the Archdiocese of Bogota.

In April we participated in John Paul II beatification in Rome. A group of 10 Servants attended the beatification of John Paul II, made the pilgrimage around Europe visiting Fatima, Poland, Asis, Madrid, and the places where Padre Pio lived and died: Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo.

On May 25th, Dora Piragauta took perpetual vows and receives the title of Superior of the Institute Missionaries of Father Pio.

On June 16th, the community is recognized as a praying group of Father Pio by San Giovanni Rotondo. In June, the first national meeting of young servants takes place.

In July, the first mission trip goes to Mexico and EU.

In August, the community attends the World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain.

On September 29th, Monsignor Gabriel Londoño, grants permission to Jorge Andrade to participate in the EWTN program in Birmingham Alabama to promote the community’s charisma. The festivities for father Pio take place in September and are broadcasted nationally through Teleamiga. The celebrations for the week of father Pio also takes place

In October the community is founded in Mexico: DF and Monterrey, as well as Miami and Atlanta, in the United States.

In November there is a visit to Santo Domingo to promote the community’s charisma. Service starts in Salgar, Santa Marta, Arauca and Arauquita (Colombia). San Francisco house is purchased in the Ramirez neighborhood. Di Padre Pio House was leased on 2011 as well. Cities and service points are visited and training is provided.

The seventh chapter of the community is done

On January 6, 2012 the orphanage Di Padre Pio opened after a year of construction and adjustments. Our community was granted legal status by the Catholic Church.

On January 21, 2012 there is a community visit to the relic of John Paul II.

In March, the community expands to the areas of Villavicencio, Salgar, Arauca and Arauquita in Colombia.

In May, our community participates in the World Meeting of Families in Milan and made the pilgrimage to various sanctuaries in Italy and France, including our Lady of Lourdes.

Cities and service points are visited and training is provided for the community every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday and Sunday training meetings were conducted.

The eight chapter of the community is done.

Father Pio’s festivities take place at the Cathedral presided by Daniel Falla, Archbishop of Bogota. Father Pio´s eek celebrations took place with the theme “Our path of Faith…The Service”

In January, several Sspiritual retreats are held with different community groups such as Pillars, Youth, Servant Servitas, Patients Servants, Laborious Servants, couples and marriages.

In May, the community makes pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Italy, Poland as well as the canonization of Mother Laura Montoya.

In July the community attended the World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. The enthronement of the relic of St. Faustina at the community’s chapel takes place in October.

On June 29th-30th, the official launch of the Turret and the second national youth encounter takes place, and on July 1st in the city of Bucaramanga, a group of 350 young people participated from different parts of Colombia.

Mission trips are held in US, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Italy. Poland, Peru and Panama.

Meetings and encounters to discuss the Year of Faith were made every Wednesday by-weekly since the “Porta Fidei” was issued.

Mission trips took place to different cities such as Tunja, Duitama, Ocana, Manizales, Pereira, Villavicencio, Neiva, Cali, Medellin, Bucaramanga, Barrancabermeja, Barranquilla, Sabanalarga, Cartagena and Santa Marta.

A new Community is founded in Pereira, Tulua and Paraguay.

During Easter mission trips are held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Saint Andrew parish with the Latino community.

The First consecration of brothers in Miami takes place.

Monthly meetings organizing children by groups of age, as well as with the Servants and coordinators.

The IX General Chapter took place on March 24 and 25.

The monthly Eucharist celebration in honor of Father Pio takes place on the 23rd.

There is a special celebration on the day of our patrons Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, Sister Faustina Kowalska,St. Teresa of Avila, John Paul II and Father Pio’s week.

On December 8, 2013 we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the initial foundation.

Pope Francisco house opens its doors.

Jesus’ house opens its doors to the Samaritans di Padre Pio.

San Gregorio point of service opens its doors as well.

The ninth chapter of the community is done.

In March we participated in Jubilee of the Bogota’s Archdiocese closing ceremony honoring its 450 years. The tenth chapter of the community is done.

In April we provide support to Elijay parish during Holy Week mission. The foster home in Manizales open its doors.

In May we travel to Milan to participate in the International Congress of parish cells.

In June the mission of Pastoral hope in Arauca is performed.

In July, the community in Florence is founded.

On July 23rd, the service with Miseritos starts at Pope Francisco.

In August we participate in the “WACOM” Third World Congress of Divine mercy.

In September, a celebration took place at the Primada Cathedral presided by Monsignor Gabriel Londoño.

Father Pio’s week is celebrated all over the different communities over the theme “LOVE WITH ACTS”.

In October new versions of the Holy Rosary are discovered where in the parishes of La Macarena at Kennedy- Bogota and parish of San Sebastian at the Tunal, Bogota.

The Community receives approval from the Diocese of Miami.

In November we travel to Rome to participate of the third congress of new ecclesial movements and new communities.

On November 19th, there is an Audience with the Holy Father Francis in Rome.

In December the dining hall opens its doorss in Villarica of the Holy Spirit, Paraguay.

Throughout the year retreats in all cities in Colombia and abroad where held according to schedule.

Training programs for the servants families and their different variations, continue to be defined.

Psychosocial therapy workshops and personal growth is performed throughout different cities.

Sacraments Catechesis is performed (Baptism, Confirmation and first communion)

Visit to different bishops in cities such as Cali, Cucuta, Manizales, Bogota, Arauca, Miami, Atlanta, Paraguay.

Every Wednesday the“Lectio divina” on Jesus life take place at the Corpus Christi parish.

On Wednesday afternoons at Santa Teresita house catechesis takes place based on the encyclical “Deus Caritas Est”.

On Sundays, catechesis regarding different Bible stories is held with children and adults from the dining hall and community.

Turret encounters with young people of the community were held.

The tenth chapter of the community is done.

We Travel to each city and established the chimneys of Father Pio in addition to the retirements based on the theme “The parable of the good Samaritan”

In January there is a trip to Paraguay, Argentina and Peru.

In February, there is a trip to Ecuador.

In March, eleventh chapter of the community is done.

In April an Easter Mission is held in Atlanta.

In May there is a trip to the US (Miami, Atlanta, Birmingham, New York)