|Father José Ignacio Martín, LC, inaugurates the new Mano Amiga school.|
In the area of education, the Legion currently runs the
Oakhill and Santa María de Betania schools. Oakill is located
in the Pilar zone, and Santa María de Betania is
in la Capital. The Legion also directs the Mano Amiga
(Helping Hand) foundation, which started its first school for underprivileged
children just outside Buenos Aires. Groups of Regnum Christi members,
although still small, are increasingly committed to the apostolates.
in Argentina began when Cardinal Quarracino, the archbishop of Buenos
Aires, informed the Legion that another congregation was leaving a
parish and a school in the city. He invited the
Legionaries to take over both of them.
Thanks to the
cardinal’s support, the transfer was facilitated. On Sunday, December 18,
Cardinal Quarracino himself presided over the Mass in which the
Legion took possession of the parish of Santa María de
Betania. In the homily, he welcomed the Legionaries, emphasizing the
Legion’s dynamism and youth. He said that their arrival was
“a real Christmas gift” for the city.
Over a decade has
gone by since then, and Argentina’s rich land has made
the seeds of that first foundation fruitful.
One of the apostolates
founded in Buenos Aires is the School of the Faith,
which forms catechists. Through Youth & Family Missions, an apostolate
directed by Regnum Christi members, the lay people are more
committed to evangelization, with youth and families going out on
missions throughout the year. In addition to missions in nearby
areas, there have been missions to the Guaraní zone, in
Patagonia, and in remote areas of Salta. The congregation, aware
that its apostolic mission is for the good of the
Church, offers spiritual exercises to diocesan priests and to religious.
1997, the congregation founded an apostolic school in the city
Through clubs for teenagers and youth, the congregation promotes
values in the youth and helps them to face the
challenges and decisions awaiting them in life. There are currently
clubs in the cities of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Paraná, and
San Luis. These clubs are led by Regnum Christi members,
and guided spiritually by the Legionaries of Christ.
In February of
2000, the Legion’s first bilingual Catholic school was founded in
the heart of the capital city of Buenos Aires: the
Oakhill School. Two years later, they built and opened an
extension of the same school in a residential zone (Pilar)
near the capital. The Mano Amiga school was opened at
about the same time.
Legionarios de Cristo
Santa María de Betania
Francisco Acuña de Figueroa 849