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Regnum Christi members at a Christ the King Day celebration in Auckland, New Zealand.
Regnum Christi members at a Christ the King Day celebration in Auckland, New Zealand.

Regnum Christi was founded in New Zealand in 1991 when Mr. Michael Devereux and his wife Marie, from Dunedin, got incorporated into Regnum Christi in Rome. Upon their return, they gathered a group of couples who wanted to grow in their faith. Fr Anthony Bannon and other Legionary priests visited on a yearly basis, giving retreats and helping the new Regnum Christi members to start living out their apostolic vocation.

In 1997, several couples from Auckland met the Legionaries and Regnum Christi consecrated women at a Eucharistic Convention. The Dunedin section also contacted them, and soon a section was born in that city as well.

For its small size, New Zealand has contributed many coworkers and vocations to the Legion and the Regnum Christi Movement. The coworkers who return home after giving their year (or years) have enriched their local parishes with their enthusiasm and commitment to their faith.

In Dunedin and Auckland, several apostolates have taken root over the past years, including K4J, ConQuest, Challenge, CL (Christian Life), Familia, book clubs, men´s and women´s encounters, and a radio station in Dunedin started by Terri Cleary. The radio show airs for one hour each Sunday, mixing catechesis and interviews on
New Zealanders on a Father-Son Conquest event.
New Zealanders on a Father-Son Conquest event.
local and international events.

In addition to the Regnum Christi apostolates, the New Zealand sections have also engaged in the life of their parishes. The Auckland section has hosted the bishop of Auckland for a men’s breakfast and has also sponsored “Priest Appreciation” evenings for the priests of the diocese with over 60 priests attending an evening in their honor with dinner, musical entertainment, and fellowship.

Many Regnum Christi members in New Zealand also contribute to parish, diocesan, and national apostolates such as “6pence,” the promotion of Catholic music to equip youth to participate in liturgical life in the parish, week-long summer schools for youth, baptism programs, first communion programs, youth groups, and Eucharistic adoration.

For more information about Regnum Christi in New Zealand, contact Mr. and Mrs. Devereux at mandmdevereux@xtra.co.nz.

 
 
 

 


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