November 22, 2011. As Fr Luis Garza, territorial director for
North America, announces in the letter below, the final draft
of the Action Plan for the territory of North America
is now completed. The Action Plan can be downloaded in
PDF format here.
Thy Kingdom Come!
November 21, 2011
Legionaries and Consecrated Men and Women
Territory of North America
Dear Fathers, Brothers, Consecrated Men and Women in Christ,
With this letter I am sending you the document which
we will use as our action plan. I thank you
very much for your input and for the time that
you took to study the action plan. I hope it
will aid us in our service to the Church during
these coming years.
Even though we are in the midst of
a process of renewal and reflection about our identity and
mission, we need an action plan and a useful definition
of our mission that can help us during these years.
Reading your responses, I was happy to see there was
a broad consensus that overall the document expressed the basic
elements of our mission and of what we need and
want to do. I have simplified the document and have
taken in account many of your proposals.
I apologize if
not everything you proposed is included in this final text.
However, there are several things to consider:
Firstly, since I strongly
believe that where there are two or more united in
Christ’s name, He is with us, I instituted a collaborative
process to put together the first draft. Then I asked
for your feedback in the community discussions where, I hope,
everyone participated. Also, as you know, there was an earlier
survey done among the members of the Movement that gave
me important input. I have worked on the final text
after prayer and reflection. In the end, the responsibility of
the decision falls on my shoulders as territorial director, so
I beg you to pray for me.
Secondly, and in
more practical terms, not every proposal was included since some
contradicted others. Others were not accepted since they did not
have a general consensus.
Lastly, we have to keep in
mind that an action plan, especially this being the first
one that we do together, is still really a draft;
it is a “living” document that we will adjust and
improve as we go along, in the hope that, as
the days pass, it will be a better instrument for
all of us. We are working together to fulfill God’s
plans for our Legion and our Movement in North America.
I continue to expect your input and ideas about this
document as we go forward.
Having approved this action plan,
I am sure that an obvious question you will have
is what you should do with it. To help answer
that, a team of Legionaries, consecrated members and lay members
is working on ways in which localities, communities and teams
can adopt this action plan. They will give us their
suggestions at some point over the Christmas holidays. The hope
is that early in the New Year we will all
try to see how to implement the action plan locally.
As your communities and teams talk about the action plan,
I would invite you to take a truly family approach
to our work. We are a family of Legionaries, consecrated
and laity working together. We also need to keep in
mind that the Regnum Christi members and other lay people
we work with are members of their individual families. Our
work must seek to address the needs of entire families,
not just individuals. As a family – and working with
families – we will continue striding forward in faith towards
a future of greater holiness for each of us and
constantly growing in service of the new evangelization.
to thank you again for all that you do and
invite you all to continue to be united in Christ,
filled more than ever with enthusiasm for the mission God
has given each of us, and be men and women
of great prayer, charity and service. Let us continue to
build the Kingdom of Christ in our hearts and in
those whom God has placed around us.
I ask you
for your prayers and I wish to let you know
that I pray for all of you daily. God bless,
Yours in Christ,
Fr Luis Garza, LC