Following are testimonies from Regnum Christi consecrated woman Joan Kingsland,
and Julian Frommling, a student at Mater Ecclesiae College,
about their experience at the RC family gathering in Rhode
Island and Connecticut last week.
Easter Joy, Easter peace
by Joan Kingsland
the Catholic faith there´s time for celebrating all kinds of
Last week the Legionaries had a territorial get-together in
Cheshire, Connecticut, and we consecrated women did the same in
Greenville, Rhode Island, above all to give thanks to our
Lord for the blessing of concluding our General Assembly and
General Chapter. This included a Mass and luncheon with the
Legionaries and other Regnum Christi members in Cheshire.
good just to be together. Fr. Thomas Murphy LC and
Kathleen Murphy, (brother and sister duo) stole the show with
their lighthearted humor and deep reflections. Kathleen´s joy at having
a brother for a priest stretched beyond Fr. Thomas, standing
proudly by her side. Candy Nesbit elicited uproarious laughter from
the Legionaries by systematically roasting as many of them as
she could. She ended with heartfelt words of gratitude for
what she has received through her participation in the Regnum
|Kathleen Murphy speaks to the gathering while brother Fr. Thomas Murphy LC looks on.|
I appreciated the peace and frankness with which
our past was acknowledged while maintaining hope in building the
future. There´s still energy there, still a zest for building
Christ´s Kingdom together.
Blessed Among Women
by Julian Frommling
There was a lot
of excitement during Easter week in Greenville, Rhode Island. All
of the Regnum Christi consecrated women from the North American
territory, including representatives from the Philippines, were gathered for a
I have known many of these people for
a long time and others I am with every day,
but sometimes I have to be “hit over the head”
to realize what a gift and treasure my sisters are.
On Thursday night I was hit over the head.
had an appreciation dinner for all of the consecrated in
the territory who are celebrating more than 25 years of
consecrated life this year. During the dinner several people thanked
each one of them personally, shared stories about them, saying
how each of these women has touched their lives in
a profound way.
It struck me how much these seven
consecrated souls, celebrating more than 25 years of being totally
consecrated to our Lord, have had such an impact on
so many people’s lives.
What struck me even more was
how many things they said I did not know --
how much love, joy, sorrow, suffering these women have gone
through, and lived hidden and in silence with their spouse
As I looked around the dining room at
the faces of all of the consecrated present, I suddenly
realized what beautiful people live by my side, love by
my side, giving themselves daily to our Lord, their communities,
and the souls God has placed on their path.
I prepare to make my first vows in the consecrated
life of Regnum Christi, I want to thank God for
the beautiful sisters he has placed at my side, who
have gone before me, who have given me an example
of what it means to be a spouse of Christ
and a mother of souls, who show me what it
means to be a hidden servant in the heart of
Christ. I am truly blessed among such holy, humble women.
I ask you to pray for me and all consecrated
souls that we may all live this hidden service, striving
to bring all people to experience the merciful love of
God, so that his kingdom may reign in all hearts!