Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2011 – It is not
every day that the girls involved in apostolates of Regnum
Christi get to meet one of the most currently well-known
Cardinals in the Church. But that is just what
happened at the “Christ Our Life” Conference that took place
in late 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Iowa
|Pure Fashion Booth at Iowa Conference|
Participants in the local Challenge club for
girls and members of the Pure Fashion program got to
meet Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of
Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Cardinal
Arinze was one of the featured speakers at the Iowa
conference. Other speakers included: Catholic evangelist Matthew Kelly; singer
and quadriplegic Renee Bondi; missionary Marino Restrepo; and Fr. Rick
Wendel, a pastor from Dodge City, Wisconsin, who gave his
There were also several vendors selling Catholic
religious items and literature, and Catholic organizations and programs featured
at booths during the event, including the Regnum Christi apostolates
of Familia, as well as Challenge and Pure Fashion.
girls presented Cardinal Arinze with a spiritual bouquet of prayers
and sacrifices. The girls from Pure Fashion gave him
a photo scrapbook explaining the mission of Pure Fashion, including
photos of past fashion shows from the program.
|Cardinal Arinze and Bishop Pates meet Challenge girls|
“Cardinal Arinze was
visibly pleased with the presentations and encouraged the girls to
be faithful friends of Christ,” said Eleanor Segraves, Regnum Christi
consecrated woman who works with the local girls’ apostolates.
conference, Cardinal Arinze concelebrated Mass with Des Moines Bishop Richard
E. Pates, and many priests from the diocese. During
his homily, the Cardinal spoke about the importance of bringing
Christ into families and the workplace, especially through a personal
commitment to daily prayer.