|The growth of the Movement in El Salvador began in 1991 with a single married couple who wanted to share a spirituality that had helped them to grow as Christians and as apostles. From that single seed, Regnum Christi has begun to grow in many fields. |
In 1991 a Regnum Christi married couple moved to El
Salvador for work reasons, and as they got to know
the El Salvadorian people, they wanted to share the Movement’s
spirituality and apostolic work with them. And so, in 1992,
they gathered a group of friends and acquaintances, which in
1993 was joined by the first team of youth. In
an almost spontaneous way, the first Regnum Christi women’s team
was established in 1994.
In 1994, they also began
offering marriage renewal retreats directed by Legionary priests. Some men
also began to want to get together in Regnum Christi
teams. In 1995, the first major apostolate was founded: Full-time
Evangelizers, with the blessing of the bishops of San Salvador
and Zacatecoluca. The full-time evangelizers currently serve the Church in
half of the country’s dioceses.
In 1996, Regnum
Christi participated in the logistical organization of the Pope’s visit
to El Salvador. In addition, the School of the Faith
was founded that same year to offer Catholic formation faithful
to the Church’s magisterium. In Holy Week, the first group
of young women traveled to Mexico to participate in an
evangelization Megamission. Also in that same year, the first ECYD
boys’ club was founded as the “Eagles Club”.
In 1997, with the support of the men’s section, the
apostolate JUPES was founded on the inspiration and initiative of
Regnum Christi members. Some young people successfully organized a congress
which more than 1,000 youth attended.
In 1998, two
more apostolates rose up to cover new fields of action:
the human formation of women, through ANSPAC and the formation
of families through Familia Unida (United Family). A large delegation
of youth from El Salvador also went to Mexico to
participate in the Megamission.
In May, a group of Regnum
Christi members participated in the Meeting of Ecclesial Movements held
in Rome with John Paul II, thus giving witness to
one of the characteristic traits of our spirituality: love for
The first three co-workers from El
Salvador offered a year of their lives to Christ and
the Church in the Movement. During the same year, the
School of the Faith began to give courses for religious
sisters from various orders. These courses have been given every
year, with the bishop’s permission.
In 1999 the first
local evangelization Holy Week Mission was held with El Salvadorean
youth. On this occasion, an enthusiastic group of missionaries came
from Mexico to accompany them on the mission. The second
JUPES Congress was also held.
A new apostolate
was launched to promote values among the youth of El
Salvador: Youth Against the Current (JOCCO). It was very successful
and has been duplicated and adapted to promote values among
younger teens and kids as well.
same time, the Movement members acted to respond to the
scandalous health needs among the country’s poor. Following the Pope’s
guideline, they carried out the first Medical Mission in coordination
with Regnum Christi members from the United States. From then
on, the Medical Mission has been organized every year. The
volunteer doctors attend up to 600 personas each day and
carry out 60 surgeries every day.
A delegation from
El Salvador represented Central America in the Youth and Family
Encounter in Atlanta that same year. Another important achievement from
that year was the purchase of the first Movement center:
the headquarters of the Eagles Club.
In the year
2000, the expansion and development of the Regnum Christi sections
and apostolates continued. In the month of December, pilgrims from
El Salvador went to Rome to participate in the Youth
and Family Encounter on the occasion of the 60th anniversary
of the foundation of the Legion of Christ, right at
the close of the Jubilee Year.
that year, the third JUPES congress was held, surpassing the
number of participants from the previous two years and filling
the hall of a major conference center, the International Fair.
In the year 2001, Movement members responded to the
damages caused by the earthquakes by carrying out the “Solidarity
Saturday” campaigns, distributing food, clothes, and basic necessities with the
help of the evangelizers.
From their contact with
the most needy, and to institutionalize the help of many
of the poorest families of El Salvador, the city development
center, CIDECO, was established. CIDECO stands for Integral Center for
In the year 2002, a group
of 8 married couples decided to organize a mission during
Holy Week by adopting a community. Thus, Family Missions were
founded in El Salvador. For their part, university students who
wanted to help their country through the “Making Dreams Come
True" program founded a new apostolate called VIA (Volunteers in
Action) which then launched 3 projects to help children, supported
by a group of 60 committed volunteers.
a year of singular importance for the Movement in Central
America, since two schools were founded. In CIDECO, the Mano
Amiga school began to operate, contributing to the integral formation
of many children who could never otherwise have had access
to a quality education. On the other hand, the Highlands
School was also founded. Today, Regnum Christi has a very
promising educational apostolate in the field of education in El
In this year, the first stage of
CIDECO was publicly inaugurated in the presence of government and
ecclesiastical authorities. With this event, Regnum Christi jumped into the
national eye. Some months later, after Father Juan Rivas, LC
visited, the Hombre Nuevo (“New Man”) radio program was established
in El Salvador.
Another step forward was taken
with the foundation of LOGOS, an apostolate that exists to
serve diocesan priests. Its first activity in El Salvador consisted
in offering scholarships for three priests to attend spiritual exercises
The growth of the Movement in El
Salvador began with a single couple who wanted to share
a spirituality that had helped them to grow as Christians
and as apostles. From that single seed, Regnum Christi has
begun to grow in many fields, bringing spiritual and material
blessings to a wide range of people, most notably in
the apostolates of evangelization, youth work, and education