1. to unite into a single whole. 2. to make
or become firm or secure.
Consolidation has been the task of the
past few years for Regnum Christi members and Legionaries in
the North American territory. One recent step in this task
was the decision to send the novices in Cornwall, ON
to Cheshire, CT, and to give the apostolic school students
in Cornwall the option of attending the minor seminaries in
Indiana or New Hampshire.
Closing the Legionary house in Cornwall could be
seen as simply a disappointment, but the dictionary definition of
consolidate cited above is a reminder that in its real
meaning, consolidation is not a movement of shrinking and disappearing
– even if it feels like it at times –
but one of unifying and growing in security. It’s a
chance to regroup and consider our priorities: continued joyful service
of the Church, with a stronger community life and more
stable apostolic commitments.
“These ‘new beginnings’ help us experience the closeness
of Christ,” says Fr. John Luxbacher LC, instructor of novices
in Cornwall; “He is in charge, since he is the
one who has called us to be part of this
spiritual family of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi.
Now that this decision has been made, our sights are
set on the work before us: how can we best
build up Christ’s Kingdom? How
can we use our resources
and personnel to serve the Church in Canada?”
|Consecrated women in Montreal|
By strengthening Legionary and
consecrated communities in Canada, our hope is to grow solidly
and provide better support for Regnum Christi members and the
dioceses where they work.
These goodbyes can be disheartening, and for
this reason, we wanted to take a moment – or
an article, rather – to highlight some of our work
in Canada. This is not meant to be an exhaustive
list, but just a sampling of how Regnum Christi members
serve the Church in Canada.
Both the Legionaries and the consecrated
women have communities in Montreal, where they serve the local
parishes – the consecrated women work with youth and family
ministry, and the Legionaries assist the parish priests with the
celebration of the sacraments. The Legionaries also have a community
in Oakville, near Toronto, where they also help with youth
ministry and parish work.
One of the highlights of Regnum Christi work
in eastern Canada is the summer Camp Alizé for
girls, with a French version in Québec and an English
version in Ontario. For boys, there is Camp Caribou,
a ‘survivor’ camp on the St. Lawrence River.
priests and two consecrated women also work in Calgary,
AB each month, where they help with local Regnum Christi
events and provide spiritual services at Clearwater Academy. Regnum
Christi members run two medieval-themed summer camps in Alberta each
year: Camp Archātheos for boys and Camp Captivenia
for girls. During the year, they keep busy with marriage
renewal retreats and Challenge and Conquest clubs, among other events.
is just a taste of how Regnum Christi members are
supporting the Catholic Church across Canada – an endeavor which
began 20 years ago and continues stronger each year, thanks
to the dedication of laypeople, Legionaries, and consecrated members.
began work in Canada it was because of our great
desire to transmit Christ’s love and offer as many good
priests to the Church as possible,” Fr. Luxbacher wrote to
Canadian Regnum Christi members; “This is still our desire! We
are committed to working here, serving the Church in Canada.”