|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.
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
|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.
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."