INTERNATIONAL | APOSTOLATE
Regnum Christi offers diocesan priests some means to help maximize the graces and mission of their priesthood.
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 ministry.
|Regnum Christi’s charism invites us to live a faith-motivated obedience to our Bishops.|
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 pastoral ministry.
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 brother priests.
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
a) Fundamental Orientation
- Giving God the first
- Love for Jesus Christ unites all our spiritual work.
- A clear awareness of our mission.
b) Virtues that are most
- Appreciation of and fidelity to our vocation.
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
- Passionate love for the Church.
- Ardent zeal for
the salvation of mankind.
- 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.
means of perseverance
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
- Rosary in honor of our Blessed Mother
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
- A half hour practical exam
- Monthly half-day retreat,
followed by a time of fellowship and personal rest
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|Front of the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center|
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
- 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.
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 of Jesus.
- 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.
|Main entrance of the Maria Mater Ecclesiae Center for Priests|
- The Maria Mater Ecclesiae Center for
Priests offers lodging to priests who come to Rome to
further their studies.
- National and international conventeions sponsored by the Regnum
Christi Movement typically include also special encounters for priests.