|P. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC|
Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC, has been elected
General Director of the Legion of Christ.
He was elected, along
with other members of the central government of the
Legion, on January 20, 2014, during the course of the
ongoing Extraordinary General Chapter taking place in Rome.
The election was personally confirmed by the Archbishop
José Rodríguez Carballo, O.F.M., secretary of the Congregation for
Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
on February 6, 2014.
Along with his election, the
Vicar General, Fr. Juan José Arrieta, LC, and one
of the general councilors, Fr. Juan Sabadell, LC, were
named by the Holy See. Two more general councilors,
Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC, and Fr. Jesús Villagrasa, LC,
were elected by the chapter members. Fr. José Gerardo Cárdenas
Jiménez, LC, has been elected General Administrator. Fr.
Clemens Gutberlet, LC, has been elected General Procurator.
Here is a run-down of the new central government:
Director: Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC.
- Vicar General:
Fr. Juan José Arrieta, LC.
- General Councilor: Fr. Sylvester
- General Councilor: Fr. Jesús Villagrasa, LC.
Councilor: Fr. Juan Sabadell, LC.
- General Administrator: Fr. José
Gerardo Cárdenas, LC.
- General Procurator: Fr. Clemens Gutberlet,
Fr. Eduardo has exercised his ministry principally in
Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. He has served as
a director of several schools, as a superior of several
Legionary communities, as territorial administrator for two years in
Mexico and as a section director of Regnum Christi,
spiritual director and local coordinator of apostolate. He helped
found the Legion and Regnum Christi’s presence in Brazil.
In 2011, he was named to the Outreach Commission
created by Cardinal De Paolis to work with the
abuse victims of Fr. Marcial Maciel. He began to serve
as a major superior in the Legion in August,
2013, when he assumed the post of Territorial Director of
“Since my ordination, I have served in
different parts of the world and in different types
of ministry: schools, family ministry, administration or as a superior
of a Legionary community,” Fr. Eduardo recalls. “Now, I
will have to get used to Rome.”
Chapter published the announcement of the election of the
new central government simultaneously with the publishing of a
communiqué in which the members of the chapter take
a conclusive stance on Fr. Marcial Maciel and on
the path of renewal the Legion of Christ has
Fr. Eduardo summarized the intention of
this communiqué in the following way: “The Chapter marks
both an ending and a new beginning. This is
what many of the chapter fathers feel and that’s
how we have expressed it in the chapter hall.
But, so that it can truly be a new
beginning, it is necessary to put the challenges of the
past in their place. This is why the Chapter
decided to publish a statement for the Legionaries, the
members of Regnum Christi and for all those who
have been following our recent history. We can’t erase
the past. We have to learn the lessons, mourn what
occurred, trust in God’s mercy and, like St. Paul,
run forward in pursuit of the goal of reaching