The consecrated women of Regnum Christi have reviewed and adapted
their process of vocational discernment and formation, according to recently
appointed National Vocation Director Michelle Reiff.
“In December 2013, we celebrated
our General Assembly, in which our statutes were approved by
Cardinal Velasio DePaolis, the Papal Delegate charged with the renewal
of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi,” she said.
“One important thing we realized during this time of renewal
was the need for more thorough vocational discernment, which we
are now implementing and have described in our statutes.”
Assembly confirmed the process as follows:
- Women who believe God may
be calling them to RC consecrated life should attend a
program of discernment for six weeks in the summer.
- This program
will be followed by a two-year Candidacy in which the
women enter the consecrated community, but do not take vows.
They will live a period of deep prayer and discernment
of their vocation to RC consecrated life and the movement’s
mission to evangelize.
- At the end of those two years, if
the women in discernment, and their consecrated spiritual directors, see
signs of a clear call, they make their first temporary
vows of consecration for three years. During that time they
will study (at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island)
toward a bachelor’s degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies with
a minor in philosophy and a specialization in communication in
a global society. (Go to this link for curriculum information:
At the end of the three years, if they
and their formators continue to see a clear call, they
will renew their temporary vows for another three years and
move into one of the RC consecrated communities of apostolate
throughout the world, where they will experience living their vocation,
both in community and in active apostolate. At the end of
these three years (a total of eight years of discernment)
they will make their final, definitive vows.
Michelle said she has informed
the diocesan bishops where the RC consecrated women live and
work of these new procedures. “We want them to be
aware of the changes since we know that this is
an area of concern for some people,” she said.
and forming young people for future ministry takes specialized, experienced
personnel,” she said. “We are investing time and resources to
better educate ourselves as spiritual directors and formators. I would
appreciate your prayers as we seek to build a solid
foundation for our future.”