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Cardinal Accepts Resignation of General Councilor
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Pontifical Delegate informs movement about resignation of Fr. Deomar De Guedes

Fr. Deomar De Guedes LC
Fr. Deomar De Guedes LC



Pontifical Delegate Cardinal Velasio De Paolis has accepted the resignation of Fr. Deomar De Guedes LC from the General Council. 

Fr. De Guedes said he resigned from the Council because he did not have the necessary energy to confront the challenges of the position.  He had asked the Pontifical Delegate to be exclaustrated from the Legion, but Cardinal De Paolis granted him permission to resign “extra domum,” so Fr. De Guedes will reside outside of the community for one year.

The Cardinal asked Fr. De Guedes to reevaluate his situation during that year in light of the new superiors who will be elected in the next General Chapter. 

Fr. De Guedes was named to the Legion General Council in February, 2012.  Ordinarily the Council is made up of six members.  Because the Legion of Christ’s General Chapter will begin on January 8, 2014, and six new counselors will be elected at that time, Fr. De Guedes will not be replaced at present.

Fr. Sylvester Heereman LC, the acting general director of the Legion, said he respects Fr. De Guedes’ decision, and is grateful for his active collaboration in the process of renewing the Legion of Christ.

Following is a letter from the Pontifical Delegate to the movement, and the text of the resignation letter from Fr. De Guedes.

Translation from the Italian original
                                                                                                 Rome, November 7, 2013

Dear brothers and sisters in the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi,

With these lines I present the letter with which Fr. Deomar De Guedes submits his resignation from the General Council and asks for time to reflect and pray.  You have all had opportunities to get to know Fr. Deomar, especially in his ministry as territorial director of Spain, as well as during his ministry in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

As General Councilor of the Legion, Fr. Deomar has dedicated himself generously, contributing to the renewal process of the Congregation.  Now he says that he no longer has the energy necessary to carry out this task responsibly and requests a period of reflection.

After a fraternal conversation with Fr. Deomar, and after having consulted my advisers and the members of the General Council of the Congregation, sadly and admittedly with some perplexity, I have decided to accept his resignation from his post as General Councilor.  It also seemed opportune to grant him this period of reflection, with permission to be absent from his community for one year.

As we thank Fr. Deomar for his service and his valuable contribution let us assure him of a place in our prayers.  May the Lord help us to continue to advance along the path of renewal of the Legion and the Regnum Christi Movement in union of hearts and mutual trust.  I send my blessing to all, and I ask one and all to remember me in their prayers.

                                                                                              +Velasio Card. De Paolis, C.S.
                                                                                                Pontifical Delegate

To all Legionaries and Regnum Christi members

Dear friends in Christ,

At the request of Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, I am sending this letter to convey a personal decision that I have made, guided by the Lord’s hand.

As you know, in January 2012 His Eminence invited me to be part of the general council of the Legion, following the consultation made in late 2011 in which many of you showed your confidence in me. I take this opportunity to thank the Cardinal and his personal councilors for the trust they placed in me.

In March of 2012 I began this mission, to which I have passionately given my whole self in order to contribute constructively to the challenge of achieving the authentic and profound renewal of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi which Popes Benedict XVI and Francis have asked for.

Today, after long and deep reflection, starting with the Lectio Divina which I used to seek answers, and supported by my spiritual director, I acknowledge and accept that I no longer have the strength to continue in this position.

Following the example of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, I see that the best thing for the Legion at this time is that I withdraw from this process. I am able to do this with peace now because all my work is done and what lies ahead are only the practical aspects of organizing the general chapter.

I requested three years of exclaustration in order to serenely discern whether I should stay in the Legion. Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, painfully, but with great understanding and kindness, allowed me a year of extra domum [permission to live outside a Legionary community] in order to regain strength and finish this personal discernment.

I will move to the Archdiocese of Brasilia , Brazil, where the Archbishop Sergio da Rocha and his priests will receive me in the coming days.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my brother Legionaries , especially those who have supported me in this vital mission, as well as all the great friends I have made here who have given me their unconditional support, affection and esteem until the last moment.

I also thank the dedicated consecrated men of Regnum Christi to whom I extend an affectionate greeting full of gratitude and esteem. You know my appreciation for your vocation and Gospel spirit.

My gratitude also goes out to my consecrated sisters whom I admire and from whom I have always received so much friendship and the comfort of their spiritual motherhood.

Finally, I want to thank all lay members of Regnum Christi with whom I have shared my life over these past 21 years of service to Christ in the Legion.

I will continue to keep the renewal process of the Movement and of the Legion in my prayers, especially the general assemblies and the general chapter. I ask all of you for your prayers in this new stage of my life.

With sincere affection and esteem,

Fr. Deomar De Guedes, LC




PUBLICATION DATE: 2013-11-07


 
 


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