Alejandro Pinelo, a consecrated member of Regnum Christi and director
of the Full Time Lay Missionaries, shares his experiences as
the head of this apostolate and discusses what it is
|Alejandro Pinelo to the right of His Excellency Victor Hugo Palma, bishop of Escuintla (Guatemala), with some of the Full Time Lay Missionaries from that country.|
Hello! My name is Alejandro Pinelo and I am
an industrial engineer, graduate of the Technological Institute of Monterrey,
Mexico, and a consecrated member of the Regnum Christi Movement
since 1994. I am so grateful to our Lord for
the grace to participate in the Full Time Lay Missionaries,
an apostolate of special significance that is making a significant
impact on society, helping to extend Christ´s Kingdom. It has
also helped me to grow as a person in many
For the last seven years I have worked with this
very original apostolate that involves numerous professionals and a wide
range of opportunities for evangelization. We collaborate with everyone from
cardinals, bishops, priests, consecrated souls, CEOs, and business managers to
the less fortunate, including many of the impoverished indigenous peoples
of Latin America.
The Full Time Lay Missionaries apostolate is
a "business" that provides pastoral coordinators for local parishes who
are totally dedicated to the formation of lay Catholics. The
Second Vatican Council called for a greater lay participation in
the evangelical work of the Church. Who better than lay
people to spread the Gospel? Lay people can go anywhere:
the fields, the mountains, businesses, factories, families ...
The program seeks
out people, married or single, who are willing to dedicate
their lives to the Catholic formation of their brothers and
sisters in their parishes. Many are the needs that this
program fulfills and many are the hearts that benefit from
the "medicine" of being generous and serving others.
in hand with bishops and diocesan priests, our institution offers
professional training to help and encourage these lay apostles as
they discover how wonderful it is to be Catholic. They
grow to become proud of their faith.
We now have more
than one thousand families serving as Full Time Missionaries in
Mexico, Venezuela and El Salvador. To help coordinate this beautiful
effort we have put together a team of professionals to
act as the business managers and directors of formation for
this great "business" of God. Our staff elaborates formative materials
that will help the lay missionaries in their mission of
drawing others closer to their faith. We have grown to
more than 120 professionals at the head of this initiative.
The progress has been great even though the obstacles are
numerous -- but this is the best proof of it
being a work of God. All Catholics are a part
of the Church that needs people who are holy, dedicated,
efficient, and striving to make Christ´s message as attractive as
possible. The time that we have to serve God and
his children is very little so we need to make
it yield for him 100%.
For more information on the
Full Time Lay Missionaries please visit www.CatholicWorldMission.org.
(June 6, 2003)