“Put out into the deep and cast your nets for a catch “(Lk 5:4). In 1990, a group of young adults, military and civilian, originating from the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, joined the work of evangelization then being carried out by Antonio Rabelo Dilben Fleming at the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, at the invitation of the then Chaplain AMAN, Duílio Fr Anthony Antonini. This marked the beginning of the Community «Mar a Dentro» by Founder Antonio Dilben. Thus, by the grace and will of God, the work of Evangelization also embraced immediately the families of the first members.
In the beginning, Mar a Dentro was founded as a Alliance Community, and two years later, the Life Community Mar a Dentro (that in portoghese means “into the sea”) was formed, composed exclusively of celibate men and women in the service of the Church of Christ. Today, the Alliance Community Mar a Dentro, made up of members who have not chosen celibacy, together with the Life Community, form a single family dedicated to evangelization and formation according to the charisma of «Mar a Dentro».
We are born with the desire to share the faith, to constitute an evangelizing community that can contribute to the union of the most diverse expressions of the Church and to make the beauty of Christ’s Church shine among all peoples. We saw that the Lord had given us a specific charisma, a gift, a vocation to be lived in the Church and for the Church.
We have seen that Evangelization and Formation are an incentive which pushes us into the experience of the charisma, they are like a binomial leading us to the spirituality of missionary disciples, an expression used years later in the Aparecida Document. Answering to the call of Pope Paul VI, in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi which calls us to evangelism, saying that “there is no new humanity if there are not first of all new persons renewed by Baptism and by lives lived according to the Gospel” and that “The purpose of evangelization is precisely this interior change”, we realized that the Lord had called us to be educators of new men and new women to a new world. Our call is found in Luke 5, 4, the Miraculous Fishing, and there we understand that He is telling us to go “Into the Sea”, “Duc in Altum”, to fish-evangelize and catechize-educate (cf. Sacramentum Caritatis, 64c) so that men and women become new and renewed by the Blood of the Lamb of God. So we have walked in these 20 years in the Foundation, in a constant quest for everlasting loyalty and listening to God’s call.