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Legion of Christ begins Extraordinary General Chapter tomorrow, January 8, 2014

The General Chapter website

Rome, Italy -- Culminating a three-year renewal process, the General Chapter for the Legion of Christ begins tomorrow, January 8, 2014. 

The opening Mass of the Extraordinary General Chapter will take place at 6:30 p.m., (Roman time) Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in the Center for Higher Studies of the Legionaries of Christ. The concelebrated Mass will be presided over by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, C.S., Pontifical Delegate for the Legion of Christ, who will deliver the homily.

The text of the homily and photos will be available for viewing on the new General Chapter’s website:

Regnum Christi members are asked to go to the special segment on the website to join the Legion in prayer for the success of the General Assembly:

The website will also offer links to the following:

The extraordinary General Chapter is an important milestone in the revision of the order’s constitutions and of the congregation’s life, a journey begun more than 3 years ago under the guidance of Pope Benedict XVI, who entrusted Cardinal Velasio with the task of governing the Legion and the Regnum Christi Movement in his name (appointment letter).

The General Chapter will have its first formal meeting the morning of January 9 at the Legion’s General Directorate. Only the Presidency of the Chapter (the Pontifical Delegate and two of his personal councilors) and the Chapter fathers will participate in the sessions of the Chapter. Representatives of the consecrated men, consecrated women and lay members of Regnum Christi have been also invited to participate.

The participating Legionary priests representing North America include Fr. John Bartunek, LC, Fr. Owen Kearns, LC, Fr. John Connor LC, Fr. David Daly LC, Fr. Kevin Meehan LC and Fr. William Serra, LC. In all, 61 priests will participate, 42 of whom were elected, and 19 of whom will participate ex officio. Go to the following link for a list of all the participating priests:

The first phase of the Chapter, scheduled to last approximately 20 days, will consist mainly in the revision of the new constitutions. After that the election of the new leadership will follow, the results of which will be made public. Then the second phase of the Chapter begins, which will address various issues regarding the life of the congregation.



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