My faith arose spontaneously in a Catholic family of five
children. My parents taught me from a very young age
to pray and to look at all things from God´s
point of view. They put a great effort into making
sure that I received an excellent Catholic education. They sent
me to Good Counsel, a school run by Augustinians, who
were always a wonderful example of what men of God
should be. I owe them so much, not only academically
but also socially and spiritually.
|Father Ignacio José González Alvarez, LC|
One of the most important
moments of my life was when I was preparing to
receive the sacrament of confirmation. I was confirmed at sixteen
years of age and the whole process really helped me
to mature during those difficult years of adolescence.
a great interest in doing something big for God. I
tried almost everything and I got to know quite a
few different groups as I was searching for a place
where I could grow in my faith. When I was
in a Catholic group studying at the University I met
a Regnum Christi member for the first time. The apostolic
emphasis within the Movement really attracted me.
I participated in
an international convention in Valdeflors, a town near Valencia (Spain),
and there I decided to live the spirituality of the
Movement with all my heart. I felt that God was
asking me to be more generous. It was an indefinite
feeling. I still hadn´t thought of the vocation; I just
knew that I wanted to serve God wherever he wanted
I worked with the Movement for two years. During
that time I was directing a group of young people
and I loved dedicating myself to them.
In 1988, in Reajo
del Roble, Madrid (Spain), I participated in a session of
spiritual exercises led by Father Florencio Sanchez, LC, and I
incorporated into the Movement. I had taken another step but
I still needed to discern what God was calling me
to do with my life. Having spiritual direction with Father
Florencio helped me a great deal and I began to
see clearly that God wanted me to be a Legionary.
>From that time on I have not had any doubts.
God wants me right here.
Father Ignacio José González
Álvarez, LC, was born in Madrid (Spain) on July 16,
1969. He entered the Novitiate in September of 1989. He
received a bachelors degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum
Regina Apostolorum in Rome (Italy). He dedicated a number of
years to the formation of minor seminarians in Spain and
Italy and currently works as a vocation promoter in Spain.
He was ordained a priest on December 22, 2001, in
the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome (Italy).