by Br. Antonio Lemos
On April 22 and 23, 2014, the
Cheshire Novitiate and Humanities College (Cheshire, Connecticut) hosted a gathering
of all Legionaries in the North American Territory and representatives
from the Regnum Christi movement to celebrate a new chapter
in the movement’s history.
Most of the Legionaries of the
Territory arrived on Easter Monday. Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil LC,
the General Director, arrived in Cheshire on Saturday evening for
the celebration of the Easter Vigil.
On the morning of
Easter Tuesday was the first concelebration with a 120 Legionary
priests. More than 250 Legionaries were present, including priests and
brothers working in USA and Canada, the humanists and novices
of Cheshire, and the apostolics of Sacred Heart and Immaculate
Conception. During the homily, Fr. Eduardo mentioned that God is
always close to us, but sometimes he is hidden and
we need to make a effort to find him.
|Fr. Eduardo Gil LC talks with visiting members of the RC consecrated.|
same Tuesday in the morning Fr. Eduardo held a conference
and Q&A for all priests and interns. He gave an
update from the chapter and the next steps he will
take as general director. He also took advantage of the
time to thank Fr. Luis Garza for all his work
as Territorial Director in the last years and to welcome
Fr. John Connor as new Territorial Director.
In that same morning,
Fr Luis held a conference for all present in which
he offered an overview of the situation of Territory in
different areas, including an update on apostolates, finances, etc.
|Siblings Kathleen Murphy and Fr. Thomas Murphy LC|
all Legionaries, consecrated men and women, diocesan priests and RC
members and friends gathered in St. Bridge’s, a parish nearby
Cheshire, for the celebration of the Eucharist. During the homily,
Fr. Eduardo mentioned our journey has been like that of
the disciples of Emmaus. He pointed out how important is
for us to trust in the Lord, because Jesus trusts
After Mass, everyone had lunch together in a nearby
hall and more than 400 people were present. At the
end of lunch, Fr. Thomas Murphy LC and RC consecrated
woman Kathleen Murphy, who are siblings, gave their testimony about
this renewal period of the Regnum Christi movement. The consecrated
women presented a few songs, followed by the Legionary brothers
who also presented their songs.
On behalf of the lay
members, Candy Nesbit gave her personal testimony about her experience
with Regnum Christi and the period of renewal.