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The Legion has grown a great deal in Italy since 1946, when the Legionaries arrived to Rome for the first time.

Primer centro de estudios superiores en Roma ( formato historia)
The first Center for Higher Studies in Rome.
In 1950, the Legionaries of Christ opened their first house in Rome. Following the advice of the then Prefect of the Congregation for Religious, Cardinal Luigi Lavitrano, they founded the Major School on Via Aurelia. The former school is now the headquarters for the Legion’s General Directorate.

From the foundation, the Legionaries of Christ were formed to be close to the Vicar of Christ. The congregation wanted to stand out for its fidelity and loyalty to the Holy Father, and to offer the Pope priests who would be totally at his service and at the service of the Church.

Upon the request of Pope Pius XII, passed on by the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Clemente Micara, the Legion undertook the task of building the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rome. The intention was to offer a Marian shrine under that title as a pilgrimage place for the thousands of Latin Americans who came to Rome every year. The church was inaugurated in December of 1958.

In the following years, in line with the directives of the Second Vatican Council, the Legionaries founded the first lay groups of the Regnum Christi apostolic movement. These lay members would share in the spirituality of the congregation and would live out their Christian commitment in the world.

In 1991, the Legionaries started up the new Center for Higher Studies on vía Aurelia Antica, with space for 300 students. Constant vocational and apostolic growth brought the Legionaries to establish a novitiate in the north of Italy in 1992. It was the first in the province of Como, and afterwards in Gozzano (Novara).

Seven years later, the Legionaries put the building on vía Aurelia Antica at the service of the bishops who wanted to send their seminarians to Rome, especially the future formators of their diocesan seminaries by founding the International Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiae. And so, in 1999, the Legionaries’ Center for Higher Studies was moved to another new building on Via degli Aldobrandeschi, to the west of the city. On the same property, the new Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College opened its doors in 1993. From the year 2001 onward, the Regina Apostolorum was the first college with an international bioethics faculty.

The Legion currently directs two schools in Rome: the Irish Institute (La Giustiniana), since 1984 and the Highlands (Eur), since 1998. More recently, in the year 2001, they took charge of the "Villaggio dei Ragazzi" (Boys’ Town), an educational and special needs school located in the province of Caserta, near Naples. In September of 2005 the European University of Rome was founded as a private Catholic university recognized by the Italian state. Its initial degree offerings include Historical Sciences, Psychology, and Legal Sciences.

The Legionaries have communities and work apostolically not only in the provinces of Rome, Caserta, and Novara, but also in the provinces of Asta, Padua, Bologna, and Palermo. There are lay groups, both members and sympathizers, who work actively in the cities of Turin, Florence, Ancona, Ascoli, Fondi, Nocera, Bari, and Catania to help their pastors in the new evangelization.

In addition, they work in other apostolates on a national level, such as the courses for priests and religious offered by the Sacerdos Institute and the Higher Institute for Religious Sciences, the kids clubs linked to NET magazine, and the ART Editorial Edition with publications like: Il Timone, Messa e Meditazione (Mass and Meditation), Sacerdos Magazine, and numerous books.

For more information, contact us:
Legionari di Cristo (Legionaries of Christ)
Via Aldobrandeschi, 190
00163 Roma (Rome) – Italia (Italy)
italia@legionaries.org

Web sites:
www.upra.org
www.unier.it
www.amicidinet.it
www.iltimone.org
www.cywn.net
www.villaggiodeiragazzi.it
www.cefid.it
www.altius.org
www.notredamecenter.org
www.vocazione.org


PUBLICATION DATE: 2008-02-03


 
 


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