|The new government of the consecrated women with Cardinal Velasio De Paolis and Fr. Agostino Montán. From left to right: Paula Errázuriz, Cristina Danel, Mari Carmen Ávila, Fr. Montán, Gloria Rodríguez, Cardinal De Paolis, Viviana Limón and Denise Funke.|
Rome, Italy – Gloria Rodríguez has been elected general director of the
consecrated women of Regnum Christi for the next six years.
Gloria is 38 years old and from Madrid, Spain. She studied
psychology in the Complutense University of Madrid and has been
consecrated for 15 years.
The new leadership team she heads
has a median age of 44 years of age and
18 years of consecration, and is composed of five councilors
and a general administrator, all with graduate degrees. The general
director and the five councilors constitute the first governing body that
the Regnum Christi consecrated women have elected for themselves, through
the General Assembly and through a participative process. The new
government will be in charge of advancing the renewal process over
the next six years.
Upon accepting the service entrusted to
her, Gloria expressed her gratitude to the team of councilors
which has collaborated with her since 2012. She said she
is happy with the new team configured in the Assembly,
and shared with those present that what she has in
her heart in this moment are all the consecrated women
of Regnum Christi in the world.
The other members of
the new leadership team were also elected for a period
of six years from among the consecrated members. Requirements for
those elected included that they must be at least 35 of
age, with at least 5 years of consecration after making their
They five new general councilors are:
- Paula Errázuriz (Chile,
age 49, 24 years of consecration)
- Viviana Limón (Mexico, age 35,
11 years of consecration)
- Mari Carmen Ávila (Mexico, age 54, 29
years of consecration)
- Denise Funke (Canada, age 42, 21 years of
- Cristina Danel (Mexico, age 46, 12 years of consecration)
administrator is Beatriz Pimentel (Venezuela, age 41, 19 years of
This election is an important step in the renewal process
initiated by the Holy Father.
Marilú Rodriguez, one of the
42 delegates of the Assembly, explained the purpose of the
process is “to elect a government that in the next
years will help us to continue going deeper into our
identity and that will guide us on the path that
we have begun is the first decision we take as
an association. It is a collegial act, an expression of
maturity and responsibility.”
The Assembly has been working since December
2, 2013, to review the situation of the consecrated women through
general and territorial reports. The participants have revised most of
the draft of the new Statutes, developed through a participative
process that has taken a year and a half. The
Statutes express what consecrated women are and who they wish
to be. It is the text that guards and legislates
the charism and the distinctive elements of the identity of
consecrated women of Regnum Christi, as well as the most
important expressions or applications of governance, rule of life, incorporation,
formation and the evangelical counsels.
Gloria Rodríguez´s principal mission as general director
will be to direct the Association to be faithful to
its charism and accomplish its mission in the Church. In
her work she will be supported by the general council,
and work in communion with the Legionaries of Christ, the
lay consecrated men and the non-consecrated laity.
The Assembly will now
revise and approve the draft of the new Statutes, and
other documents, such as the rule of life or a
proposal of the elaboration of the Ratio Formationis (formation process).
As of November 15, 2013, according to the data presented
at the General Assembly, there are 630 Regnum Christi consecrated
women in the world, of which 26 are in a
period of formation.
To find out more about the assembly,
go to: http://asamblea.consagradas.regnumchristi.org/index.php/en/day-by-day.