Below, we present a brief chronology of the most important
dates in the history of Regnum Christi, an apostolic movement
that shares in the charism of the Legion of Christ.
|Regnum Christi is one of the new ecclesial movements. In Pentecost 1998, a large number of members met with Pope John Paul II and the other movements in Rome.|
On January 3rd, Fr Marcial Maciel
(1920-2008) founds the Legion of Christ in Mexico City.
In an audience on June 12th, Pope Pius
XII says that the new religious congregation must contribute to
the formation of Catholic leaders, especially in Latin America.
The Cumbres Institute (a school) opens in Mexico City.
Through formative and spiritual activities, the students and families can
share in the spirituality and apostolic ideals of the Legionaries
The first draft of what will be
the statutes of a movement for lay people is drafted.
Shortly after, the name Regnum Christi (Kingdom of Christ) is
The Interamerican Cultural Center is inaugurated in Mexico
City for the formation of lay people.
|In 1964, the first Mano Amiga school was founded for underprivileged children. The purpose of the schools is to help lift up not only the student, but also his social surroundings.|
help of the Cumbres Institute parents’ association, the Mano Amiga
(Helping Hands) Foundation is created. Its objective is to build
a school where underprivileged children can receive a top quality
education. Two years later, the first Mano Amiga (Helping Hands)
school is opened.
Opening of the Anahuac University in Mexico
In February, Pope Paul VI grants the
Decretum Laudis (Decree of Praise) to the Legion of Christ
and approves its constitutions “ad experimentum.” These constitutions state that
one of the main tasks of the Legionaries of Christ
is to establish groups of Catholics who will be like
salt and light in all areas of society.
the first Regnum Christi center is opened in Madrid, Spain.
On January 3, the first group of lay people
officially join the Regnum Christi Movement in the Basilica of
Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain.
|ECYD members try to be friends of Jesus. They gather in groups for formative and apostolic activities.|
the summer, the first groups of Mexican lay people are
incorporated into Regnum Christi.
On December 8, the consecrated life
in Regnum Christi is begun with the consecration of a
group of six young women.
The first formation center for consecrated women is founded in
Foundation of ECYD (Education, Culture, and Youth Development):
an international organization of children and adolescents who make an
alliance with Christ and each other to build a better
The first international Regnum Christi convention is
held in Ontaneda, Spain.
FAME (Familia Mexicana) is founded to
promote and safeguard family values. It is currently called Familia
On January 25 in Cubas de
la Sagra (Toledo, Spain), men’s consecrated life in Regnum Christi
begins with the consecration of two young men. In December,
they will be joined by seven more.
In 1972, various
ECYD clubs are founded: Club San Pablo in Salamanca (February
1972), Club Faro in Monterrey, and Club Kilimanjaro in Mexico
City (September 1972), and the Crystal Lake Youth Center in
the United States (November 1972). Shortly afterward, Club Vetta was
founded in Rome (January 1973) and Club Everest in Madrid
(May 1973). Today there are hundreds of youth clubs throughout
In July, the first International ECYD
Convention is held in Ontaneda, Santander (Spain).
“Alpha Omega” center for family counseling is founded in Mexico
City and the Escuela de la Fe (School of the
Faith) Institute is founded to form educators and teachers of
and cultural level of Mexican families by promoting the integral
improvement of the person.
Foundation of ANSPAC (National Association for
Self-improvement, A.C.). This association, works to improve the moral, social,
On the occasion of
Pope John Paul II’s first visit to Mexico, a
group of Regnum Christi members help with the logistics.
On June 29, the Holy See gives its definitive
approval to the Constitutions of the Legion of Christ.
July, the first coworkers’ course is held in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Coworkers
(now called Mission Corps volunteers) are young people give
one, two, or more years working in Regnum Christi.
A team of Regnum Christi youth founds “Gente Nueva”
(New People), an organization that aims to promote human values
About 100 youth carry out evangelization
missions in Cotija de la Paz, Michoacán, Mexico. This marks
the beginning of “Juventud Misionera,” which in English-speaking countries is
called Mission Youth.
The Fundación IUVE (IUVE Foundation)
is born in Spain. This organization, based on Christian humanism,
aims to offer transforming and integral aid to help the
socially marginalized to live with dignity and have a better
|Evangelization missions are a support for the parishes and the dicoesan pastoral programs.|
CEFID (Center for Long-Distance Integral Formation) is
founded. It offers means for growing in holiness and for
the apostolate, such as long-distance and online courses, workshops, anthologies
of texts, and other services. The English-language counterpart is called
CIF (Center for Integral Formation).
50th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Christ,
Pope John Paul II ordains 60 new priests in St
Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. At the same time, the
first world Regnum Christi event is held in Rome, gathering
thousands of members.
During Holy Week, Juventud Misionera
(Mission Youth) organizes the first “Megamission” in Mexico, with 1,500
youth participating. On this occasion, 36 families also join in
the missionary effort, and so Familia Misionera (Missionary Family) is
From May 24 – 27, the first Youth
and Family Encounter is held in Chicago.
is founded as a Catholic formation program for children. Its
purpose is to strengthen the family as the school of
evangelization and to make each home a domestic church. The
English equivalent is K4J.
Regnum Christi participates in
the international meeting of the movements and new ecclesial communities
convoked by Pope John Paul II.
60th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Christ,
the first International Youth and Family Encounter is held in
Rome, culminating in an audience granted by Pope John Paul
II to the participants in St Peter’s Square.
|Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC|
November 26, the Holy See grants definitive approval to the
Regnum Christi Movement Statutes.
During the Third
General Chapter of the Legion of Christ, Fr Álvaro
Corcuera, LC, is elected as the new general director.
The Legion of Christ founds its first communities in the
Philippines and in South Korea.
A canonical investigation by the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reaches sufficient moral
certainty to impose grave canonical sanctions on Fr Maciel, corresponding
to the accusations made against him, including the sexual abuse
of minor seminarians. Taking into account the advanced age and
delicate health of Fr Maciel, the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith decides “to forego a canonical trial and
invite the priest to a reserved life of prayer and
penance, renouncing all public ministry. The Holy Father approved these
On January 30, Fr Marcial Maciel passes
away in Jacksonville, Florida. His mortal remains are laid to
rest in his hometown, Cotija de la Paz, Michoacán (Mexico).
At the time of the founder’s death, the congregation has
750 priests and 2,500 aspirants to the priesthood from 39
nationalities. There are 127 Legionary communities in 21 countries and
close to 70,000 Regnum Christi members, including 1,000 consecrated members.
About 131,000 students attend its schools and universities.
this year, the Legion of Christ opens its first communities
in El Salvador and Hungary, thus continuing the service that
the Regnum Christi Movement was already offering in family, social,
educational, and youth ministry in those countries.
a gradual internal process of gathering information, the congregation of
the Legionaries of Christ publicly confirms that Fr Maciel had
a daughter in the context of a prolonged and stable
relationship with a woman, along with other gravely reprehensible behaviors.
Some months later, the communications media present two other people,
siblings who state that they are sons of Fr Maciel
by his relationship with another woman.
|Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, SC|
In March, Pope Benedict
XVI decides to initiate an apostolic visitation to the
institutions of the Legion of Christ to help the congregation
overcome its existing difficulties. The apostolic visitation, carried out by
five bishops, begins on July 15.
25, the superiors of the Legion of Christ and Regnum
Christi issue a public statement expressing their deep sorrow
for the gravely reprehensible actions of their founder. At the
same time, they renew their commitment to deepen their understanding
of the Legion’s history, charism, and spirituality, and to engage
in a process of renewal under the guidance of the
Upon the conclusion of the apostolic visitation, Pope Benedict
XVI decides to continue accompanying the Legionaries of Christ. To
this end, on July 9, the Pope appoints Archbishop
Velasio De Paolis as pontifical delegate, with the task of
guiding the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ through a
process of revision and renewal. An apostolic visitation to the
consecrated members of Regnum Christi is also announced.
on recent developments related to the founder, the apostolic visitation,
and the pontifical delegate can be found here.