Regnum Christi helps diocesan priests share the grace
and mission they receive through the Sacrament of Ordination, helping
them bear the greatest possible fruit in their lives and
We, the diocesan priests who belong to Regnum
Christi, benefit from the missionary spirituality of this ecclesial Movement,
which serves to strengthen our spiritual lives and support our
Our membership in Regnum Christi does not
affect our belonging to our dioceses; it is simply an
aid to our spirituality and ministry. Regnum Christi’s charism invites
us to live a faith-motivated obedience to our bishops and
a relationship of brotherhood and mutual support with all our
Canon law allows priests to join
associations in keeping with our priestly vocation (CCL 278).
Moreover, we as diocesan priests (“secular clerics”) are asked to
“hold in esteem especially those associations which, having statutes recognized
by competent authority, foster their holiness in the exercise of
the ministry through a suitable and properly approved rule of
life and through fraternal assistance and which promote the unity
of clerics among themselves and with their own bishop” (CCL 278, §2).
Just as Regnum Christi invites its
lay members to live their baptismal commitments more fully, in
the same way it offers us help to live our
priesthood to the full. Some elements of the spirituality include:
a) Fundamental Orientation
- Giving God the first place.
for Jesus Christ unites all our spiritual work.
- A clear
awareness of our mission.
b) Virtues that are most recommended
- Appreciation of and fidelity to our vocation.
- To know, love,
and imitate Christ: the center, criteria, and example of our
priestly and apostolic lives.
- Docility to the Holy Spirit in
an attitude of generous listening.
- Mary, our Mother and model.
- Passionate love for the Church.
- Ardent zeal for the salvation
- Faith, hope, and love as the source of
our interior and apostolic life.
- Spirit of unity and charity
with the members of the Church in a communion of
ideals and efforts, initiatives and hearts. Cultivating the practice of
speaking well of others.
- Spirit of diligence and hard work,
conscious that we have only one life and one chance
to live it.
- Human maturity through coherence between what we
are and what we profess to be.
c) Our means of
Regnum Christi recommends several means of perseverance to help
us live our vocation, such as:
- Morning Offering
- A half
hour of daily meditation
- A ten minute examination of conscience
at the end of the day, as part of Compline
- Rosary in honor of our Blessed Mother
- Visiting Our Lord
in the Eucharist
- Praying part of the Liturgy of the
Hours before the Blessed Sacrament
- Making a Eucharistic Hour in
a spirit of reparation once a week
- Sacrament of Reconciliation
- A half hour practical exam
- Monthly half-day retreat, followed by
a time of fellowship and personal rest
- Yearly spiritual exercises
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The Legionaries of Christ and the Regnum
Christi Movement also offer many works and formation and fellowship
activities open to diocesan priests. The most noteworthy include:
- Spiritual retreats
and formation activities for diocesan priests in the Regnum Christi
Movement’s centers for priests, offered principally in Mexico, the United
States, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. For more
information, visit the www.sacerdos.org web site.
- Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum’s
“Instituto Sacerdos” offers several formation courses and sessions of
spiritual exercises each year. It is especially known for the
summer courses it offers to seminary formators.
- The Pontifical Institute
“Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center” invites diocesan priests to participate
in two annual courses of priestly renewal in the land
- The Maria Mater Ecclesiae International Pontifical College in Rome
and the Maria Mater Ecclesiae International Seminary in Sao Paulo,
Brazil, house and form diocesan seminarians sent by bishops from
around the world.
- The Maria Mater Ecclesiae Center for Priests offers
lodging to priests who come to Rome to further their
- National and international conventeions sponsored by the Regnum Christi Movement
typically include also special encounters for priests.