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Celebrating Faith and Family
Regnum Christi members gather for festival in Cincinnati

Cincinnati-area RC members at Faith and Family festival
Cincinnati-area Regnum Christi members at Faith and Family festival.

Several Regnum Christi families in the Cincinnati section joined together to host the first annual "Faith and Family Festival" at King´s Domain in Oregonia, Ohio, this summer. 

Those attending came from throughout the Ohio Valley, including families from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The entire RC family was represented: consecrated women and Legionary priests and RC lay members and their families. At the opening Mass, Fr. John Bullock LC offered words of encouragement for living out the Christian life.
After Mass, a member of the young women´s section, Elizabeth Gronotte, served as MC.  She directed everyone to the lower fields where a variety of activities awaited. Adults enjoyed reuniting with old friends, chatting over “corn-hole” games and barbeque grills, while kids sprawled out on the basketball courts with their multi-colored chalk drawings. The young women´s section held a "Family Car Edition" scavenger hunt. The Van Dorpe family took home first prize, with a little help from the Legionaries!
After lunch, the women faced off on the volleyball court for a challenge between the consecrated women/moms versus the daughters/young women. Down the field, the dads and Legionaries joined the boys in a competitive kickball game, and Fr. Matthew Summe LC led games for the preschoolers.
In the afternoon, everyone gathered to pray the rosary. All participated in this moment of prayer -- teenagers and parents alike led the mysteries of the rosary.  The consecrated women contributed their musical gifts, while the Legionaries heard confessions well into the
Mass at Cincinnati-area Faith and Family Festival.
Celebrating Mass at Cincinnati-area Faith and Family Festival.

Consecrated woman Jacquie Lustig gave an extended testimony of her experience of “Christ the King” to the adults, while the young women´s section and the other consecrated women engaged the little ones in more games.
During dinner, each family introduced themselves to the rest of the group. Carl Brown gave a testimony about his time with the movement, detailing the "return on investment" that he has received in Regnum Christi.

The young and not-so-young alike enjoyed s´mores, jokes and conversations around the bonfire later that evening before all dispersed to their homes.
The next day a closing Mass and breakfast concluded the festival. Fr. Daniel Brandenburg LC offering words of encouragement in his homily. Consecrated woman Nicolette Chmiel (a native of Cincinnati) said, "It felt just like a Regnum Christi family reunion."



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