Two lay members of Regnum Christi have been named to
a new Territorial Committee, rounding out a leadership team that
will direct what has been called a “Framework for Collaboration”
between all the different groups under the Regnum Christi umbrella.
American Territorial Director Fr. John Connor LC sent a letter
to the members of the Legion of Christ and Regnum
Christi on the feast of the Assumption. He said the
Territorial Committee has had Legionaries and consecrated members on the
team since early July and recently named lay RC members
Donna Garrett and Mike Williams to join the group.
committee, which is made up of two territorial directors, two
members from each council, and two lay members, will direct
the common mission of the different branches of Regnum Christi.
new lay members were chosen from a list of 10
candidates from across the country. All the candidates have been
long-time RC members and were all very qualified, said Fr.
John, who serves as president of the committee.
In addition to
the new lay members of the committee, the group includes:
Fr. Kevin Meehan LC and Fr. Matthew Van Smoorenburg LC
and Regnum Christi consecrated women Nancy Nohrden (NA Territorial Director
for the RC consecrated women), Glory Darbellay and Michelle Reiff.
of the small number of RC consecrated men in the
NA territory (most are in Europe), Matthew Reinhardt (NA and
European Territorial Director for the RC consecrated men) requested he
not be on the committee, but will remain informed of
Details of how the new “Framework for Collaboration” will
apply to the North American Territory should be sent out
to RC members by the end of this month, according
to Fr. John.
Donna Garrett is a native of Omaha,
Nebraska, and has been married to her husband Jeff for
26 years. They have 4 young-adult children. Donna is a
second degree, second-level Regnum Christi member who has been with
the movement for 15 years, serving as a facilitator for
Familia, a Challenge Club formator, Challenge Club president, Youth and
VAC (Vocation Action Circle) coordinator, Section Assistant and Section Director
of Nebraska. She has been a lay spiritual guide for
12 years for the Omaha section and currently serves the
Heartland Locality as LCA.
Mike Williams was born near Detroit,
Michigan. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 27
years and they a 23-year-old son, Michael. He and his
wife are incorporated to the third level, second degree of
RC. Mike became a member of ECYD in 1977 and
Regnum Christi in 1980. He has served as a team
leader for both ECYD and Regnum Christi, and as section
secretary and group leader of the Detroit men´s section. He
also served on the territorial director’s team in Connecticut, assisting
Regnum Christi sections and apostolates nationally. In 2005, he helped
to found and then lead the national office of Mission
Network. Since his work with Mission Network ended in 2010,
he has worked in a marriage healing apostolate and an
apostolate with college-age young adults, and continued participating on his
parish RCIA team and serving as a spiritual guide and
as a team leader in the Atlanta men´s section.