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A Time of Renewal
Rachel Peach reflects on renewing her temporary promises as a consecrated woman in Regnum Christ

Rachel Peach at MEC Mass
Rachel Peach at the Mass to renew her temporary promises as a Regnum Christi consecrated woman.

Following is a testimony from Rachel Peach, who is studying at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island, and in preparation for her apostolate in the consecrated life in Regnum Christi.

On August 18, 2013, I renewed my temporary promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience within Regnum Christi consecrated life. When I was consecrated in 2010, I didn’t know I’d ever have this opportunity. That was before we started renewing our temporary promises a second time, between our first and final promises, something which only began this year.

Adding this step has lengthened our formation and discernment process, and I see it as a good thing. It takes time to discern a vocational call, and having more time creates more space for a deep, thorough discernment.

Before, Regnum Christi consecrated made their final promises (solemn renewal) a short two years after their initial promises. After recommended changes by the Church, the time between first and final promises has become, at a minimum, 6 years.

Now, young women discerning consecrated life in Regnum Christi live 2 years in the initial stage of the formation process before getting consecrated and making their first temporary promises of poverty and chastity and obedience. For those who feel identified with the call and lifestyle and want to continue a deeper discernment and living of the evangelical counsels, after those first three years, they can renew their temporary promises for another three years. This is what I just did.

These next years before my solemn renewal, I will finish my degree at Mater Ecclesiae College and then begin a period of internership/initial apostolic work.  Depending on where I am sent, I will be working in a school, parish, or within a Regnum Christi apostolate, with an assigned mentor to help me transition into working full-time in the apostolate. This will give me the chance to live my consecration and our apostolic charism outside the formation center.

So, God willing, at the end of three years, or maybe even four, depending on my readiness, I’ll make my final (perpetual) promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience!

Since this process is something new, the members of the senior class here at Mater Ecclesiae College had the option of either making their second temporary promises this summer or waiting until the end of the year.  So, I could have waited another year - until after graduation and before leaving for my new destination.  But really,
Rachel Peach and her consecrated sisters
Rachel and her RC consecrated sisters sing God's praises.
something inside wouldn’t let me wait.

When given the option of waiting or renewing my temporary promises, I felt a burning desire to reaffirm my “yes” to Jesus Christ, in a public way, before my community, my directors, and my parents. When I looked deep inside my heart and asked, “What do you want, Lord?” a profound peace and joy flooded my heart.  I realized that over the past years, He had been leading me towards this next step in following Him.  If this was the way and time He was asking me to re-entrust my heart and life to Him, of course I’d take the leap!

“The love of Christ impels me” (cf. 2 Cor. 5:14) sums up my decision and preparation for renewing my temporary promises.  My inner desire to respond to God in a total, free way within Regnum Christi consecrated life testifies to the renewal He is working within the Movement.  My consecration – my belonging to God – is the source of great joy and enthusiasm.  I am happy to be here, and I am proud to be part of Regnum Christi.

God is here. The renewal is real. I’m proof of that.

(Click here to see Rachel’s photo journal of her summer apostolate work in Rhode Island and other states, including Indiana, Illinois and New York.) 



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