Pope John Paul II gave an important speech on 11 October 1985 at the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe. Upon the analysis of the secularization of Europe he said briefly that Europe is in need of a new evangelization.
“For effective evangelization to be realized we must return to the original apostolic model. We can contemplate this exemplary and paradigmatic model in the Cenacle. Here the apostles are together with Mary and are waiting persistently for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Evangelization can only start through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit is the first motor, the first source and the first true breath of evangelization. Evangelization therefore begins by calling on the Holy Spirit and searching for where He blows. (cf. Jn 3:8) Some effects from the blowing of the Holy Spirit are surely present in Europe today. In order to find, support and help develop these effects, sometimes what is needed is to give up being set in one’s ways and to go there, where the life according to the Spirit has begun.”
Following this, on 15 November 1986, the Pope sent the initiators of the Neocatecumenal Way a suggestion that a few families implement “implantatio ecclesiae” into the most secularized areas of Europe. The missionary objective was to make visible to the naked eye the effectiveness of faith of the Christian community in the modern day. The missionary group to be sent included the Pasinato family and Fr. Marino Trevisini. Having received the acceptance of Bishop Paul Verschuren, they were placed in Oulu, where the number of registered Catholics was few.
After a short time, during which many Catholic immigrants were arriving, it became clear that there was a need to build a meeting place in Oulu. This is what set in motion the plans for the construction of the Catholic Church of Oulu.
The architect, Gabriel Geronzi, made the building plan. His inspiration came from the design, which Kiko Argüello had made on 14 September 1987, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The plan was presented to the Pope, who blessed the building’s cornerstone during his visit to Finland in 1989. During the same visit, he gave the Marian painting “Yasna Goran” as a gift. The painting is currently on display above the priest’s chair behind the altar in the church’s sanctuary. With the support of a number of Italian and Swiss Neocatecumenal communities the first part of the church was built in 1991. The construction was then almost completed with the support of the German church’s “Bonifatiuswerkin” in 2000.
The “Corona Misterica” paintings are the artistic work of Kiko Argüello and three of his painter assistants, Francisco Olivares Bogeskov, David Lopez and Michele Benvenuto. Completion of this work of art took a year and a half and was done as a free gift, without payment, out of love for Christ and His Church.