For updates and news on the funeral mass or if you would like to leave a message of thanksgiving as tribute for the life of Jaime, visit our page at verbumdei.org.
(page is in Spanish but you can have it translated)
Update: Video of the internment mass of Jaime at Siete Aguas, Spain last June 29, 2017 and the homily of Antonio Velasco during the mass (translated in English).
Death of the Reverend Fr. Jaime Bonet Bonet, Founder of Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity
Father Jaime Bonet, Founder of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, which is a part of the Verbum Dei Missionary Family, died on June 25th, in the Henares University Hospital (Coslada, Madrid). The vigil chapel will be located, from Tuesday 27th until Wednesday 28, at the Chapel in Centro Internacional de Formación Misionera Verbum Dei; at Velilla de San Antonio-Loeches road, Km 3.5 CP 28890 Loeches – Madrid. The Funeral Mass will be held at the same location on Wednesday 28th at 8pm, local time. Rev. Jaime will be buried, on Thursday 29th at 1pm, in Siete Aguas, at the Verbum Dei Missionary Centre; on Avellan st. number 42, CP 46392 Siete Aguas, Valencia.
Father Jaime was born in Alqueria Blanca, Majorca, Spain, on May the 21st, 1926; and was ordained priest on May 31st 1952. He was a passionate and tireless preacher. His work of evangelization gave origin to the Ecclesial Institute of Consecrated Life: Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. Verbum Dei received its pontifical approval in the year 2000. The Fraternity has male and female celibate missionaries, priests, and missionary married couples; it reaches into the Verbum Dei Missionary Family, which consists of lay devoted to the same charism and mission
In 1994, He took part in the Synod of Bishops: “"The Consecrated Life and Its Role in the Church and in the World." He was there as founder and representing the New Forms of Consecrated Life. We remember some words from his intervention at the Synod: “To be witnesses to Christ –before being teachers- requires of us to be able to answer, with the same words of Jesus, to anyone who asks reason of our way of life: “Come and see.” Out of charity and justice, this life shaping adhesion to Christ is the first ideal and the essential theme that we cannot but present to every person. Both the young and the old are more passionate about being than having and doing. They will want to follow Jesus when they see lives that are rooted in Christ and fully realized and happy. They are convinced most by coherence between Word and life. (…) To imitate Christ captivates the hearts of today’s men and women.”
After these last years of illness, fruit of his total self-giving for the sake of evangelization, we understand his death under the light of the grain of wheat that falls on the ground and dies in order to bear much fruit (cf.Jn.12:24)
He leaves within our hearts the missionary command that Jesus gave to his disciples before ascending to heaven: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Mt.28:19) These are words that echo in us with all the strength of an apostle who devoted his life to form other apostles.
Message from our VD president (translated from original text in Spanish):
Dear Fraternity and the whole Missionary Family Verbum Dei:
Our founder, Jaime Bonet, today, June 25, has left us to go and meet with the Father, with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Mary. They, the "Quartet of their loves", surely received it with great joy: "Come, blessed of my Father, to receive the prize prepared for you from the creation of the world" (......).
Since Jaime had a deep encounter with Jesus, at the age of fourteen, his life was an ongoing quest to respond to his Love, sharing his Word and trying to heal his wounded Body.
The road was not easy: "A thousand times we started and got up and many times we feel the weakness and weakness that blocks us or the fall that plunges us." Mary, her "beloved Mother", was always his inseparable companion: "Mary watches over us in attentive waiting for the resurrection; And in all the traumas of our own and brothers' lives we can experience the soft, strong, welcoming and firm hand of Mary "(Statutes 238).
God entrusted to him a charism and a mission, which he has transmitted to us and make us become a Family today. We now have the post to continue this race. The best gratitude we can have for what we have received from Jaime is to strive to be faithful to this vocation: to pray, to try to make life the Word we pray: "In communion with Jesus delivered by all, we will transmit only His Love-Life, without adulteration Nor rebates "(Const 26); And proclaim that Word "in season and out of season," obeying the supreme command of Jesus: to go into all the world and make them all his disciples.
Very united in prayer and mission,
Watch a video in honor of the death of Jaime Bonet Bonet, missionary priest and founder of Verbum Dei.