|Pope Benedict XVI receives Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC, in private audience on June 16, 2006 (© L'Osservatore Romano).|
Father Alvaro Corcuera Martinez del Rio was born on July
22, 1957, in Mexico City. His parents are Pablo L.
Corcuera and Ana Francisca Martinez del Rio. He was baptized
four days later at Christ the King and St. Monica
He studied at the Cumbres School (Instituto Cumbres) and
was one of the founding students at the Legion’s Irish
Institute (prep school) in Mexico City.
In 1969, Alvaro traveled to Ireland
along with a few other companions to form the founding
group of the Legion’s language academy, now called Dublin Oak.
It was during his stay in Dublin that he had
his first inklings of a priestly vocation.
In 1981, he would
recall those days: "The testimony of the novices, together with
the experience [...] of the priests gathered in that time
[of the first extraordinary General Chapter of the Legion of
Christ] made a decisive impact on me. Being able to
serve those priests in their Masses [...] filled me with
enthusiasm and made me see the possibility of having Jesus
so close to me and of giving him to others
throughout the world."
On June 27, 1971, Alvaro Corcuera joined the
first group of ECYD (Education, Culture, and Youth Development).
a member of Regnum Christi on May 5, 1974. Among
other activities that year, he participated in a course in Reajo
del Roble, Madrid, Spain. It was here that he first
thought of becoming a consecrated layman in Regnum Christi, a
step he finally took on April 13, 1975.
Seven years later,
reflecting on his consecration, he said, “Joining Regnum Christi made
me see that self-giving to Christ, wherever it might be,
was the best gift that I could desire. Consecrated life
was an experience that I could never completely assimilate because
of its depth and greatness. It is a great gift.”
1975, he began studying for a degree in education at
Anahuac University (Universidad Anáhuac) in Mexico City, and graduated in
Alvaro and several other consecrated members of Regnum Christi volunteered
as aides for Pope John Paul II’s first visit to
Mexico in January 1979. There he clearly perceived his calling
to the priesthood, and in September of that same year, he
joined the Legion of Christ as a novice. When asked
about his motivation to make the decision, he replied, “I
discovered the main reason in the tabernacle, where you hear
Christ’s call, ´Come, follow me. Leave everything and surrender yourself
|Father Alvaro Corcuera, LC, greets Pope John Paul II along with Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.|
He earned his bachelor´s degree in philosophy at the Pontifical
Gregorian University and his degree in theology at the Pontifical
University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum), both in Rome.
ordained a deacon in Rome, on June 29, 1985, by
Archbishop Santos Abril y Castelló, then apostolic nuncio to Bolivia.
On Christmas Eve that same year, he was ordained a
priest in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in
Rome by Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, then prefect of the
Vatican department that is now called the Congregation for Institutes
of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Father Alvaro earned
a licentiate degree in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical
Gregorian University. He served as rector of the Center for
Higher Studies in Rome from 1987 until his election as
general director of the Legion and Regnum Christi.
He was the
founding rector of the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, from
its establishment in September 1993 until the end of the
1999-2000 school year. During that period he served as secretary
of the Committee of Rectors of the Pontifical Universities of
Rome. On December 7, 1999, he was awarded an honorary
doctorate from Anahuac University (Universidad Anáhuac) in Mexico City.
|On December 24, 1985, Father Alvaro Corcuera, LC, is ordained a priest by Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo.|
20, 2001, the Holy See appointed him a consultor to
the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops. And on January 2005 he
was elected general director of the Congregation of the Legionaries
of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement by the third
ordinary general chapter of the congregation.