Mason, Ohio -- Sixty-five women from all across the Tri-State
area (Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky) gathered last month to participate
in their annual Regnum Christi Women´s Convention held this year
in Mason, Ohio. With the theme "Back to the Basics:
Memory and Identity," the sessions of the day highlighted the
key elements of the call to join the RC movement.
"The ladies were so grateful for the opportunity to come
together and share their vibrant faith with other RC members,”
said Section director Jamie Chmiel. “A convention such as this
gives the added support we need to stay strong in
our conviction for the need to evangelize. I can´t tell
you how many ladies told me ‘This was exactly what
Consecrated woman Julie Damon started the day off with
her segment entitled, "Prayer: The Interplay between Talking and Listening."
She focused on understanding and relating to God through the
human heart from a uniquely feminine perspective.
Fr. John Bullock,
LC, presided over the Mass, offering the women several reflections
on their vocation within the Church. With both Legionary and
consecrated communities joining the women for the liturgy, the Mass
was a special experience of the Regnum Christi “family.” Following
the Mass, several women spiritually "adopted" a priest “son” to
pray for during the coming year.
During lunch the women
took the opportunity to "catch up" with friends from previous
conventions. Each woman had been invited to pack a “fun
lunch” to give to a friend during the retreat, and
four special lunches were auctioned-off in support of the consecrated
women in Cincinnati. RC member Teresa Peach acted as live
auctioneer for the event.
During the afternoon, Section Director Fr.
Daniel Brandenburg, LC, led a discussion on the changes taking
place during the RC renewal process, followed by a brief
segment on "Practical Means of Evangelization" from RC member Louise
Karas. Fr. Daren Weisbrod, LC, gave a lively and engaging
presentation called "Recognizing the Vocation." Finally, long-standing member Janet Lees
concluded the convention speaking on the topic "Where Charity and
Love Prevail, There God is Found."
Women then gathered with
their husbands for a "wine-and-cheese" social hour, followed by dinner.
Fr. Daniel offered a "State of Regnum Christi Address," further
outlining the stages of the RC renewal process.