ALLENSPARK, CO-Women serving the Church from Rhode Island to California
converged on the Saint Malo Retreat Center the weekend of
March 27-30 to re-energize their spirit and help build up
the Church. The National Regnum Christi Women´s
Conference attracted 64 women seeking to deepen their prayer lives
and serve the Church more fruitfully.
|Ready to bring Christ to the world.|
"These women left the conference
full of zeal," said Patty Greenberg, leader of the Denver-area
Regnum Christi women´s teams who worked together
to host the conference. "It´s a powerful experience to come
together with so many talented people excited about the New
Evangelization. It gives you great hope for the Church´s future,"
The theme of the conference was "New Women of
the Kingdom," which reflects the Regnum Christi
Movement´s focus on becoming the "new man" or "new woman"
in Christ called for by St. Paul. Regnum Christi is one of the new ecclesial movements
recognized by the Church as part of the New Evangelization,
Pope John Paul II´s effort for all Catholics to win
back the culture for Christ. Regnum Christi
includes priests of theLegion of Christ ,
who provide spiritual guidance for the Movement.
Father Daniel Polzer, based
in Denver, opened the convention
with a discussion of the
universal call to holiness.
|Mary Pieczynski, a Regnum Christi member from Connecticut, helped the women grow in their love for the Movement.|
"One of the great lessons of Vatican
II," Father Polzer said, "is that holiness is every Catholic´s
job. It doesn´t mean lay people should act like priests
and nuns, but it does mean we bring the love
of Christ into our families, our jobs, our social life,
On top of participating in parish and diocesan programs,
Regnum Christi members undertake works of service
designed to help the Gospel reach more people. Many talks
at the conference focused on ways women can help young
people love Christ in the face of so many distractions
"Young people have an amazing capacity to do the
missionary work our Church needs right here in our homes
and neighborhoods," said Tricia Magaletti, national director of Regnum Christi´s
Challenge Clubs for girls. "If you want young people to
keep the faith, get them active in spreading it," she
The conference also included a more philosophical element, analyzing the
confusion in our society about women´s identity and role in
Cris Tallent, a Regnum Christi
member from Virginia, analyzed the difference between some popular versions
of feminism and what Pope John Paul II has identified
as "the feminine genius."
|The beauty of God's creation enveloped the conference.|
"Women can´t fulfill themselves by denying what
makes them uniquely feminine and trying to be more like
men," she said. "Our fulfillment comes in loving profoundly and
"This is what Christ calls all of us to do,"
Tallent added, "and it is where we as women by
our nature take the lead."
(April 8, 2003)