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Following is an interview with Regnum Christi consecrated woman, Lucy
Honner, Director of the RC Spirituality Center, formerly known as
the RC Resource Center.
What changes have been made to the
We recently changed our name, precisely because there was
so much confusion about the nature and purpose of our
work. We are now called the RC Spirituality Center. As
you know, every Regnum Christi member hungers to integrate every
dimension of their lives into their friendship with Christ -
this is our traditional value of integral formation, a key
element in our spirituality. This spirituality is our specific path
to spiritual maturity, or holiness – a path that, under
the guidance of the Holy Spirit, emphasizes certain aspects of
the general, universal path of Catholic spirituality. Our vision at
the RC Spirituality Center is to produce and distribute complementary
formation material that all RC members can use in responding
to this interior invitation of the Holy Spirit.
How long have
these changes been in the making?
The Center was given new
impetus a year ago, in August 2012. At that time
Fr. John Bartunek, LC was assigned to this area as
his main apostolate. Then in January 2013, I was also
assigned and am now the new Director of the RC
Spirituality Center. There is also another RC member on the
team, Debbie Graspointner, who manages our web interface and many
of our other logistical needs. Soon after being given this
assignment, Fr. Bartunek was relocated to Rome to work on
the Legion’s Commission for the revision of the Constitutions, and
this limited our production capacity for the first year.
this year we have been able to produce a new
resource, the online Do-It-Yourself Catholic Retreat Guides. We have a
library of nine Retreat Guides available right now at www.RCSpirituality.org.
They are in multi-platform format: You can watch the videos,
listen to the audio, read the PDF, use them as
an individual, or use them as a group. We have
over a thousand users each month, but we are not
sure how many of those users are Regnum Christi members.
So, if some of your readers are using it, please
go to the website and let us know that you
are an RC member by sending a feedback message and
signing up for updates from www.RCSpirituality.org. We have been
extremely pleased with the feedback so far, but we need
to know more clearly whether this resource is really helping
RC members with their monthly retreats.
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What are your objectives for
We have two goals to achieve by September, 2015.
First, we want to begin publishing a book a year
– books that contain and communicate (and further develop) our
own RC Spirituality. We want to create a library of
books like these that can be used for meditation, spiritual
reading, and for reaching out to non-RC members who are
eager to grow spiritually and may feel attracted to our
spirituality. Fr. Bartunek has finished his first draft of a
new book that we hope to release in the fall
of 2014, at the latest. It is a commentary on
the Great Commandment of loving God with “all your heart,
all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.”
Right now, the working title is Seeking First the Kingdom:
30 Meditations on How to Christianize Every Corner of Your
Second, we are extremely eager to create an online resource
where new, as well as experienced RC members, can deepen
their knowledge of the faith. We envision a series of
basic courses (the Catholic 100 series), and more advanced courses
(the Catholic 200 series). We will build a library of
these courses, ever expanding what we can offer to RC
members for deepening their formation. This endeavor requires a lot
of funds up front, but then we will have unlimited
classroom “space” online, indefinitely. If any of your readers are
interested in helping support this exciting initiative, please have them
email me, Lucy Honner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there other upcoming
Since we have such limited resources at the moment, we
are striving to make every product that we invest in
"multi-purpose-able." Our model for this is Fr. Bartunek’s earlier book
The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer. The
bull’s eye of the target audience for that book was
RC members. But it was written in such a way
that non-RC members can also find it helpful and enriching.
It was also written in such a way as to
be a good tool of evangelization for RC members –
they could hand it out to friends as a way
of helping people come closer to Christ. We want to
do the same thing with all of the products in
these first three years of getting under way.
For example, the
online, Do-It-Yourself Catholic Retreat Guide has been used by some
RC members as their own monthly retreat resource. But others
have used it as a spiritual formation tool in their
parish, and even simply as an outreach tool – inviting
a few couples over for dinner and a movie on
Saturday night, but instead of a movie, you watch and
discuss the Retreat Guide. This is the kind of multi-purpose
flexibility that we want all of our products to have.
We believe this approach is an excellent investment of our
limited resources at this point.
We also have various initiatives in
the works involving consecrated, Legionaries, and members of the movement.
For example, Fr. James Swanson, LC is going to be
producing high quality study circle material on a regular basis.
Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC is heading up an initiative to
create a Q&A resource on our website www.RCSpirituality.org where
RC members can send questions about faith, morals, liturgy, life
in RC, etc.
We have buckets and buckets of “someday-maybe”
ideas as well, but our personnel and financial resources are
extremely limited right now, so we are trying to keep
our goals modest, to avoid dispersion.
How can RC members make
best use of the Resource Center?
Simply keep up-to-date on the
products we are offering, check them out, and make use
of whichever ones resonate with your own spiritual and formational
needs. You can keep up-to-date if you simply visit www.RCSpirituality.org, and register there to receive our emails (check the
box that says you are an RC member). Right now,
our only product is the Do-It-Yourself Catholic Retreat Guide, so
you will have to be patient in waiting for announcements
of new products and services coming soon!