|Chris Daniels, one of the 8 Pinecrest seniors who will be co-workers next year.|
May 22, 2008. Atlanta, GA. When Chris Daniels decided to
be a Regnum Christi co-worker, he found he was
not alone. Seven other Pinecrest Academy seniors also decided
to give a year before heading off to college, including
4 other young men and 3 young women out of
a graduating class of 42.
We managed to snag Chris
before he boarded a plane to Mexico for a week
of humanitarian missions with the other members of the Pinecrest
senior class. Stay tuned for interviews with the other departing
seniors and future co-workers.
In the interview below, Chris shares
a few informal thoughts about his decision to give a
So Chris, why did you decide to be a
I decided to become a co-worker after
my 8th grade year because of the example of our
ConQuest team leader, a co-worker named Gabe Lewis. He
is in the candidacy program at the novitiate of the
Legionaries of Christ now. He was the coolest team leader
and he could get us pumped about stuff that we
had never gotten excited about before, like door to door
missions. It was his example that inspired me to become
a coworker later.
It also helped that I went on
a formators course in Rome in the summer after my
sophomore year with about 40 other guys who were really
dynamic, fun Catholic guys.
As another coworker once told me,
if you give a year to Christ, only good can
come out of it.
|Ready for “spiritual boot camp” with the Legionaries of Christ.|
What is it about
the co-worker program that most attracts you?
The suits, really. I
dig being fly for a year. No, it’s probably the
spirituality that you share with the Legionaries for a year.
It’s like spiritual boot camp; if you make it through,
you’re set for life.
How do you think your co-worker year
will enrich you?
I’m hoping it will help me to use
my talents and deepen my relationship with Christ.
one word would you use to describe the co-workers you
Crazy. They gave themselves totally for a whole year
for guys like me, and that’s what I like about
What do you think will be the hardest part of
being a co-worker? How are you prepared to handle it?
seeing my friends or family for a long time. I’ll
probably handle it with my cell phone and email.
Where would you like to be sent and why? What
kind of work would you like to do?
to be sent to a high school to work with
kids in ConQuest and Regnum Christi, because the coworkers that
worked with me were really cool and I want to
be one of those cool coworkers everybody sees wandering the
hallways. I’d like to run retreats and apostolates with them.
What would you like your legacy to be at
the end of your co-worker year?
I’d like to be remembered
in a good way.