|The Way of the Cross on missions in Chile.|
Who in Regnum Christi hasn´t heard of Paca, the Chilean…?
Her full name is María Paz, and back in the
late 1970s, she was just finishing high school at Villa
Maria Academy in Santiago Chile.
Thanks to a
friend, "La Paca" got to know the Movement in Mexico,
and when she returned home to Chile she gathered a
group of her friends to tell them about her experience.
Teams of Regnum Christi grew so fast that by 1978
a pair of Legionaries, Fathers Mariano de Blas and Gustavo
Izquierdo, traveled from Mexico every two or three months to
give spiritual guidance and formation to these young women.
A year later, two Mexican young women, Mercedes de la
Torre and Ángeles Martín Colea, each offered God one year
of their life to work on establishing and consolidating the
young women´s section in Chile. They became the first Regnum
Christi "Coworkers." Thus Regnum Christi was born in Chile, thanks
to a few dozen young women whose zeal for souls
and love for Christ bore such abundant fruit. In July
of 1980, the Legionaries of Christ arrived to establish themselves
in the Chilean capital of Santiago, and since then the
Movement has grown at a steady pace..
In 1981, the then-archbishop of Santiago,
Cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez, asked the Legionaries to take on
the management of the Zambrano Institute. With over 100 years
of history behind it, the Zambrano Institute has been an
important factor for all of society in the field of
education. The congregation took on the commitment and named Fr
Héctor Galván as the director. Since then, the school has
remained in the care of the Legionaries of Christ.
Cumbres" (Cumbres School) was inaugurated on March 10th, 1986 under
the direction of two consecrated women of Regnum Christi: Maleny
Medina and Fidelma Grealy. Who could have imagined what the
fledgling school would become over the years?
in Santiago, the Legion of Christ has the Cumbres School in
Las Condes, Everest in La Dehesa, and Highlands in Colina.
In Buin, the Legion runs the San Isidro School, and
in Rancagua they manage La Cruz Academy, as well as
Finis Terrae University in Santiago.
Several apostolates have been established by
members of the Regnum Christi Movement. In the area of
evangelization, they carry out apostolates such as the School
of the Faith, Youth and Family Missions, and NET, which is dedicated to the human and Christian formation
of children between the ages of 6 and 10.They also
started Familia Unida, whose purpose is to provide guidance and
formation to married couples so that they can form healthy
families rooted in moral values.
In the area of
Christian charity and social work, Regnum Christi members- with the
help and support of the Legion of Christ- have established
the Helping Hands Foundation, an institution that carries out
various works of charity. These charitable works include: ANSPAC
(an apostolate that promotes the integral advancement of women), the
Social Participation Project (an apostolate that teaches students to live
Christian charity, specifically towards the poor and socially marginalized), Angel
for a Day (an apostolate that fosters solidarity and service
by offering volunteer activities that reach out to needy people,
especially children), and three "Mano Amiga" Helping Hands Schools, which
provide a quality education to almost 3,000 students from poor
families: Mano Amiga of Recoleta, Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús in
La Pincoya, and the Fernández León in Llo-lleo. Construction will
soon begin on a fourth Helping Hands school in Colima.
Legionarios de Cristo (Legionaries of Christ)