2017 Assembly Delegates

Lay Regnum Christi Members

Angela Christianson
Calgary, AB

Married to Bob for 31 years and mother of 6 children (two now married giving the gift of three grandchildren), my earliest career flowed from my nursing degree as a NICU nurse then a Childbirth Educator. Once God invited me in a very clear calling to Regnum Christi, I was blessed to be promptly entrusted with responsibilities in Calgary’s growing women’s section as a Team Leader, AFIRE coordinator (Formation) and Spiritual Guide, in addition to the role of President of our main and thriving apostolate, Clear Water Academy. After serving in these roles for nearly a decade, I was entrusted with the responsibility of Section Assistant then later as Section Director. For the past six years I have been working with my husband in a new media marketing business and have lived my Regnum Christi vocation as a Spiritual Guide.

 

Brenner LeCompte
Tri-State (NYC/CT/NJ)

Brenner LeCompte grew up in Houma Louisiana. He was in ECYD and RC before entering the Apostolic School in 2000. He then entered the Legion of Christ novitiate in Dublin Ireland followed by returning to the States to work as a formator in the seminaries of Cheshire, CT and Thornwood, NY. After leaving the Legion Brenner obtained his MBA in Finance from Fordham University in New York and works in institutional sales. His apostolate has focused on youth work, marriage preparation and the men’s section.

Candy Hamilton
Chicago, IL

Currently, I am a preschool aide and technology coordinator at Everest Academy, a Regnum Christi school in the Chicago area. Previously, I served as Curriculum Director for NCE (National Consultants for Education) helping to develop the curriculum for use in our schools in the US and Canada. I have also served as a team leader, integration coordinator, and section assistant in the DC and Chicago sections. In my parish, I serve as a preschool religious education teacher, Children’s Liturgy of the Word catechist, and on the spiritual committee of our parish women’s club.

Cris Tallent
Washington, D.C.

Met the Movement in Vienna, Austria in September 1999 during my husband’s last military assignment (1999-2001) at the OSCE. Member of the Washington Women’s Section since August 2001, my first apostolate was being part of the Mujer Nueva apostolate in the US, in the Section have served as team leader; assist in the various fund raising and special events apostolates at Our Lady of Bethesda, part of the AFIRE team, Transition Course presenter for the Section, in general Animator for the Section, Holy Land Pilgrimage Coordinator (2014, 2016) and assist the SA in whatever she needs. Prior to RC: BA in History, Military spouse for 26 years, served on boards of volunteer organizations, varied positions – from protocol to teaching tennis. Speak Spanish, Italian and French.

Donna Garrett
RC Territorial Committee

Donna Garrett is an Omaha, Nebraska native, and has been married to her husband Jeff for 25 years. They have 4 young-adult children. Donna holds a BSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Certificate in Biblical Studies from the Omaha/Denver Biblical School. She created and hosts “Fountains of Grace, Discussions on Contemporary Spiritual Classics,” a radio broadcast program. Her years in the Movement include experience as a facilitator for Familia, a Challenge Club formator, Challenge Club president, Youth and VAC (Vocation Action Circle) coordinator, Section Assistant and Section Director of Nebraska. For 11 years she has served as a lay spiritual guide for the Omaha section and currently serves the Heartland Locality as LCA and was appointed to the Regnum Christi Territorial Committee.

Eileen Wieck
Pacific Northwest

I met RC as a teenager in Edmonton, Alberta and joined a few years later in 1995. Before I met my husband Vincent in 2003 I looked after the Edmonton Women’s section. We move to San Jose, California where I continued to work with the local women. My husband’s job in IT has taken us on unique excursions living in both Idaho and Seattle for a period of 2 years where I served as the local RC director. We moved back to the Bay Area of California over a year ago. Having lived in various sections has given me an appreciation for different perspectives which I value. We have 5 beautiful kids who we homeschool. They all have special needs related to autism and this has become a huge blessing in our lives and has deepened our vocation in RC in powerful ways. 

Eve Cook
Dallas, TX

I was born to American parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and grew up in Latin America. After college in Florida, I met and married my husband Tedd. We have been married for almost 34 years and have raised 4 children together. Although I studied to be a teacher, I have been a stay-at-home mother since getting married. We have lived in 6 different states and have been in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area for 19 years. Since incorporating I have been co-chair for the Helping Hands Medical Missions Gala, team leader, a group leader and women’s section director along with participating in many of the section activities and apostolates such as Marriage Renewal Retreat, Spiritual Exercises, Christ the King Day, Vacation Bible School and Mornings of Reflection.

Jane Nagel
Columbus, OH

Wife and mother of 6 children ranging in age from 24 to 10. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio University. She has been a member of Regnum Christi for 19 grateful years, her apostolic experience over the years includes (but is not limited to) Familia trainer, K4J, Everest Academy, Challenge Club president, Group Leader, Spiritual Guide, Section Assistant, local renewal leader, Assistant to the Local Director. In her parish she has served in RCIA, as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, and a small group facilitator. She enjoys reading, sports, and movies, as well as a good game of euchre!

Janet McLaughlin
La Grande, OR

After meeting the Movement and serving as Section Assistant in Oregon, Janet moved to Atlanta with her husband, Chris, to work for the Movement for a number of years before returning to Oregon. Janet has served in almost every section leadership role, as well as serving as assistant to the local Mission Network director (when that existed!) as well as serving in a variety of roles in Familia and parish ministry, including, including RCIA, CCD, youth ministry, adult small groups and has served on Parish Council and Parish Family Life Committees, as well as working for a non-profit organization in the areas of NFP education and teacher training, marriage preparation, and chastity education. She served as a member of the North American Renewal Commission and enjoys assisting in the planning of territorial conventions. Janet and her husband Chris celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary in June and enjoy their four adult children, daughter-in-law and son-in-law, and their two grandsons.

Jeanne Ferguson
Florida

Have lived in Cape San Blas, FL on the Gulf of Mexico for the past 5 years ago. However, I met the Movement and was incorporated in 1997 while living in Tampa where I raised my 2 daughters, Sarah, 26, who attends medical school in Chicago and Kristen, 23, who works at the University of Washington in Seattle. I have worked as a consultant for HelmsBriscoe, a meeting and convention site selection firm since 2002. Previously, I worked at AT&T in various positions of Strategic and Operations Planning as well as Marketing and Profit Management. I have had the great grace to participate in several RC apostolates including AFIRE, FAMILIA, K4J, and Challenge, organizing retreats and conventions, serving as Group Leader, Team Leader and Spiritual Guide, as well as attending several Regional and National Formators’ Conventions, and YFEs.

Jeff Garrett
Heartland (Nebraska)

I have been married for 27 years and have 4 adult children. We reside in Omaha, NE. I have been a member of Regnum Christi since December 2000. I have been involved as President of the local Conquest Club, a Team leader, a Section Director and in charge of communication for the Heartland men. I have led missions through Mission Youth Missions and am currently working on building a network of RC men across the territory for communication. I have worked in the financial industry my entire career in a variety of positions. I been in Mortgage Banking for the past 29 years.

Jena King-Getchell
Miami, FL

I’ve been married to my husband Richard for 26 years, have three teenaged children, and am a parishioner of the Church of the Little Flower in Miami, Florida.  I’ve been an attorney for 27 years and a member of RC for 17 years, serving in a number of RC apostolates including K4J, Splendor of Love, Mission Youth and Challenge.  Presently I coordinate the apostolates for our RC locality.  At Little Flower, I am a member of the parish council, parish hospitality committee, a lector, and director of the ministry “Catholic Disciples in the Public Square.”  I am on the leadership team for the Miami Catholic Lawyer’s Guild, have been the rally captain for the Miami Archdiocesan religious freedom rallies, and organized the Archdiocesan protests of Miami Planned Parenthood facilities.

Joan Norman
Heartland (Nebraska)

I grew up in Fort Collins, CO and attended a Methodist church. I have a BS in Physical Therapy with a clinical specialty in geriatrics. I attended an evangelical Christian youth organization similar to FOCUS in college. My husband introduced me to the Catholic Church in 1980 and I converted to Catholicism in 1988. My husband and I have been married 33 years and have 4 adult children. In Nov 1999 I incorporated into the Movement. My apostolic activities have focused primarily on my family, my work and FAMILIA where I was a facilitator, trainer and the area trainer. I have also been a team leader and am currently the Section Director for the Omaha Section.

Jose Serrano
San Jose, CA

My family migrated from Spain to Mexico in 1981. I started my 4th grade at the C.E.Y.C.A. School, one of the Legionaries schools in the South of Mexico City. I incorporated to the ECYD in the mid 80’s, to Regnum Christi in the late 80’s and to the second degree around 1991. In Mexico City, I helped to get ECYD started in my city. I helped organize some of the first door to door missions in Cotija, Michoacan, and Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, among others; collaborated with the governance of the RC section as formator, team leader and group leader. I joined Gente Nueva in 1988, and ran one of its affiliates. I met Cristina my wife in one of the Gente Nueva meetings in 1991. We got married in 1998 and in 2000 I was transferred by my company to the United States. We moved first to Atlanta and stayed there for just a few months, then to Miami, and then in 2013 we moved to the West Coast, to the Silicon Valley where I help coordinate some of the activities of the men’s’ teams.

Josie Baker
Dallas, TX

I met Regnum Christi in Dallas in 1990 through a friend of a friend of a friend. There was no established section, the LC priest assigned to The Highlands School formed a study circle with me. Eventually he taught us what Regnum Christi was and asked me to incorporate. In 1994 when the Territory was trying to institutionalize the sections, I began to serve as the Assistant to the priest assigned as the section director. I had this position for 12 years. Later I served as TL and LCA secretary and director of Vacation Bible School. Throughout these years, I served on the AFIRE team in various capacities, whatever the needs were. My University experience is in Textiles and Clothing, so my side apostolate was always giving talks on dressing and clothing organization to women’s sections.

Kai Leal
Philippines

Kai became a 1st degree RC member on Easter Sunday 2008 after attending her second Holy Week Mission. From 2010-2012, she served as the president of Mission Youth Philippines and as a resource speaker for various RC events, particularly on the topics of basic organizational development and the New Evangelization. She is currently working as a Middle School Science teacher, homeroom adviser, and formation instructor at Everest Academy Manila. Kai majored in Chemistry at the Ateneo de Manila University, and also took graduate courses in Philosophy at the same school. She is fluent in Tagalog, English, and Mandarin Chinese.

Kerrie Rivard
Atlanta, GA

Kerrie Rivard is originally from Canada and now lives in Atlanta with her husband Paul and 6 children age 7-18. Kerrie & Paul incorporated into Regnum Christi in 1999. In Canada, she served as local and regional director for FAMILIA, as well as RC team leader, spiritual guide and LCA assistant over the years. From 2007-2015, after moving to Atlanta, she served as National Director of RC section support. She currently works in Leadership Training & Communications for Regnum Christi North America. In 2013 Kerrie was elected to the International Commission of Lay members for Regnum Christi and spent 12 months working with the Legionary and Consecrated General governments as well as the papal delegate to begin the lay statute revision process. In 2014 Kerrie was appointed as Executive Leader of the North American Renewal Commission, working with a team to serve the needs of the lay members locally as they worked through the discernment and revision of the lay statutes. She and her family love working in missions with the homeless in Atlanta and are involved in Challenge and all kinds of projects at Pinecrest Academy.

Lauren Lagarde
New Orleans, LA

I was born and raised in New Orleans, La. I have been married to Mel Lagarde for 36 years and we have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. I have been in the Regnum Christi movement for 19 years and have worked in various apostolates including Familia, girls clubs, Coffee with Creed, Bible studies, study circles, team leader, AFIRE and most recently I serve as Section Director of the Women’s section in New Orleans. I am an active parishioner of St Francis of Assisi Church and serve the Archdiocese of New Orleans through various volunteer ministries and committees.

Leah Prigge
Idaho

My husband, Pete, and I have been married for 29 years. We have 5 children and one grandchild. I enjoy, and am very thankful for, the gift of being an at home mom. For 15 years, I also worked part-time as a flight attendant. Our oldest son attended ICAS in NH and is a seminarian with the Legion. I currently do the bookwork for TKC, Inc., our delivery business. My RC apostolates through the years include leader of a girls’ club, Catholic Kids Net leader, volunteer during the founding years of Pacific Crest Academy and Summit Academy, and ten years as Team Leader.

Lisa Cusmano
Cincinnati, OH

Wife of twenty one years and mother to three teenage sons, my husband Cory and I call Greater Cincinnati home. Working as statistician at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, my call from industry to ministry began with Familia training and Section Coordination. Group Leader along with Mission Network, Conquest and Convention planning initiatives soon followed after an early retirement. My current apostolate is Renewal Coordination for the Ohio Valley Region. This past July, I also began a new role at St. Margaret of York Catholic Church as Pastoral Associate for Evangelization where I was invited to integrate the Movement’s leadership formation into the life of my parish.

Mark Aylor
Heartland (Nebraska)

Father of 5, grandfather of 2. Electrical Engineer working in telecommunications for 25 years. Started with RC through sons’ involvement in Conquest and helped to lead it. Lead the Monday night St. Peter’s Men’s RC group. Involved with my parish and Acolyte.

Mary Williams
Virtual Young Adult Region

I am from Michigan, the third of four children. The Movement has been a part of my life since I was a child: from K4J to ECYD, a few years discerning my vocation in Rhode Island, missions, and work with the youth section. I completed my BA in Mathematics/Secondary Education at the University of Detroit Mercy and my MA in Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. I am currently enrolled in a MS program in Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. I work as assistant director of Everest International Program, an international language program at Everest Academy.

Mary Wolff
Tri-State (NYC/CT/NJ)

Having enjoyed working in a Fortune 50 company, motherhood was a surprisingly wonderful gift from God. Becoming an empty-nester 10 years ago opened the door for another beautiful gift: that of Regnum Christi! Chair of her parish’s Adoration Chapel, daily Mass lector, parish council member, mentor for unwed mothers, Familia instructor, Governance Team, Spiritual Exercises Facilitator, Team Leader, Renewal Process Coordinator for the Locality, etc., she is so amazed at, and grateful for, God’s love & kindness, and is delighted to share the blessing.

Mike Williams
RC Territorial Committee

Mike Williams was born near Detroit, MI. In 2005 Mike and Lisa moved their family to Atlanta and helped to found and subsequently lead the national office of Mission Network. Since his work with Mission Network ended at the close of 2010, Mike taught high school religion and philosophy for one semester, worked on a marriage healing apostolate and in apostolate with college-age young people, continued his on-going participation on the RCIA team at his parish, and continued to serve as a spiritual guide (which he began in 1994) and as a team leader. Mike was recently appointed to the Regnum Christi Territorial Committee. Mike most cherishes his 27-year marriage to Lisa and his relationship with his son Michael, age 23.

Monique Strassburger
Toronto, ON

I’m an engineer by training and apostolate is my passion. Soñar Despierto was my longest apostolate back in Brazil and it quite literally changed my life: I went from Telecom to Development. Now, I live in Toronto with my husband and I’m the Secretary and Communications Office for the locality in Canada.

Rebecca Teti
Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Teti is married and has four children. She is the operations manager for the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at Catholic University of America. The currently serves on the RC Locality Board in the Washington, DC area, and as a spiritual director and team leader. She has previously served as women’s section director, assistant, group leader, apostolate coordinator, and bed-maker and dishwasher in the early days of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center. 

Rich Amiot
Northeast Ohio

My name is Rich Amiot and I am honored to be a delegate in the renewal process and to see firsthand the Holy Spirit moving within His Church. My wife, Jenny, and I have been married for 13 years and live in Ohio with our three delightfully energetic children ages 6-10. Wanting to strong marriages and families and we became part of the parish PreCana team and we trained to teach NFP and have been teaching and speaking about NFP for more than 10. I work for NASA Glenn Research Center as a Contracting Officer. I first learned about Regnum Christi through Familia. Regnum Christi has changed my life, enabling me to experience, more than ever before, the Love of Jesus and to put my faith into action.  Shortly after my incorporation, I was moved to lead a Men’s Familia team. I found myself filled with the desire to serve the Movement however I could. I asked God to help me use the gifts he had given me to serve in some way.   Soon after, I joined the AFIRE team for the Men’s Section of Northeast Ohio as the Recruitment Coordinator. After serving as the Group leader for the Men’s Section for a few years I now serve as the Local Director of Northeast Ohio. When I first heard of the renewal I knew it had to be of the Holy Spirit. I am very excited and honored to take part as a delegate and to serve my Lord where ever He needs me.  I’m so grateful to be on this journey with all of you, moving His charism into maturity. 

Stephen Grundman
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Stephen Grundman is the Associate Vice President, Program Development at Divine Mercy University. He studied Liberal Arts at Thomas Aquinas College, and earned a doctorate in philosophy at The Catholic University of America. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and speaks on a wide variety of topics. He joined the Movement in Washington, DC in 1994, has served as Team Leader, Group Leader, and AFIRE team member, and now serves on the Local Governing Board. His apostolic experiences include marriage preparation, transition courses, men’s local and national conventions, YTM missions, leading the Institute for Evangelization (IFE), and helping direct Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center, as well as teaching in the Spiritual Guide training sequence. He and his wife, Gwen, have been married for twenty-three years, and live in Northern Virginia with their six children.

Valerie Doran
Calgary, AB

I am a fitness coach, but most of my experience and training has been in Regnum Christi through various apostolates: Familia, team leader, AFIRE, Challenge, Captivenia Girls’ Camp founding director, Spiritual Guide for 12 years.

Non- Delegate Lay Attendees

Gail Gore
Director of Marketing & Communications
Atlanta, GA

Cathie Zentner
Assistant Assembly Secretary
Calgary, AB

Legionaries of Christ

Fr. John Connor, LC
Atlanta, GA

Father John is the Territorial Director of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi in North America. Before entering the seminary he graduated from Loyola University in Maryland with a degree in finance. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2001, after earning a degree from the Center for Humanities and Sciences in Salamanca, Spain, and degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. In 2003, he helped found the Lumen Institute, whose purpose is to further enhance the character, faith, and leadership skills of today’s business and cultural leaders and their families. From 2003 – 2010 Father Connor served as the Regnum Christi director for the greater New York metropolitan region. He has served in a variety of areas, including retreat director, spiritual director, development director and Lumen Institute chaplain.

Fr. Matthew VanSmoorenburg, LC
Atlanta, GA

Since 2012 Father Matthew has served as the pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Cumming, GA. Under his guidance there, the church has experienced tremendous growth in attendance sufficient to require execution of a complete renovation and expansion of the existing church structures. Currently home to 3,800 families of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, upon completion of this build-out, it is estimated St. Brendan’s will be one of the largest parishes in Georgia.

Ordained a priest in 1994, Father Matthew has since served in a variety of vocational, educational and spiritual roles throughout the United States including leading youth programs with ECYD, acting as chaplain for a college and a primary school, guiding adult education programs such as FAMILIA, leading retreats and directing vocational programs. For the past three years he has served on the Regnum Christi Territorial Council and the North American Legion of Christ Council helping Fr. John Conner, LC.

Father Matthew holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, philosophy and theology. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, gardening and the outdoors.

Fr. Shawn Aaron, LC
Atlanta, GA

Father Shawn is the oldest of four children and hails from Modesto, CA. During his college years he spent one year with the National Evangelization Teams (NET) serving as team leader and then two years working with St. Paul’s Outreach (SPO) in St. Paul, MN. In 1991, he joined the Legion of Christ in Cheshire, CT. On Christmas Eve, 2002, he was ordained a priest in Rome, Italy. He is currently living in Cumming, GA, serving as a member of the Legion’s territorial council.

Fr. Owen Kearns, LC
Dallas, TX

Fr Owen hails from Dublin, Ireland. He joined the Legion in 1966 after secondary school, and studied in Salamanca and Rome. He has been a vocation director, a professor of humanities, editor of the National Catholic Register and Faith and Family Magazine. In 2012 and 2013 he went with Fr Patrick Langan on the Charism Tour, engaging Regnum Christi members around the world, at the invitation of the communities and sections (and financed by them!) on The Quest for the Core of the Regnum Christi Charism. He serves as chaplain to the consecrated women and the Regnum Christi adult sections in Dallas, Texas.

Fr. Michael Brisson, LC
Atlanta, GA

Father Michael was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1977. He entered the novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, CT, on September 15, 1995. Shortly thereafter he was transferred to the novitiate in Monterrey, Mexico, and spent two happy years there. The rest of his formation took place in New York, Washington, DC, and Rome, Italy. In August 2007 he was assigned as territorial secretary of what was then the New York territory, comprising Canada and the northeastern United States. He was ordained on December 12, 2009, and was assigned as superior of the Legionary community in New York, section director for men and women and eventually the local Regnum Christi director in the New York Tri-State area. On February 1, 2013, he was named territorial secretary for the North American Territory, a position he continues to hold. After a 9-month period living in Cupertino, CA, he moved to Cumming, Georgia, in June 2014, where he currently resides. He is also the chaplain for the local community of Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in Cumming.

Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC
Arlington, VA

Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L. earned his law degree from The University of Maryland School of Law after obtaining a B.A. in political economy from The Johns Hopkins University. After entering the Legion in 1992, he earned degrees in philosophy and theology from the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University and a Licentiate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He did a 4 year internship in Santiago, Chile, where he was the Assistant to the Territorial Administrator for the Legion and Regnum Christi for South America. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on December 24, 2002 by the now Cardinal Leonardo Sandri. He is the current president of Divine Mercy University, elected in 2007 as the third president of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. He has devoted himself to growing the University’s place in academia, the Church, our nation and the world. He has served on the Regnum Christi Territorial Council for North America and currently serves on the Legion’s North American Territorial Council.

Fr. Matthew Summe, LC
Cincinnati, OH

In the summer of 1993, I entered the Legionaries of Christ officially beginning my vocational journey. The journey of formation to the priesthood lasted 14 and a half years traversing three continents (North and South America, Europe) and many different apostolic adventures including all varieties of ECYD, school and youth activities as well as time in the territorial offices helping to support and organize national activities of the Movement. I was ordained as a deacon and sent to my first priestly assignment in Houston, TX as the superior of a foundational community. It included all kinds of apostolates (men and women sections, schools, different locality directorships, fundraising, etc.), everything I would need to be exposed to the whole range of activities of the Regnum Christi Movement. From there I was sent back down to Brazil for a short period to work in the Movement to help develop the youth and young professional sections, as well as support the adult sections in Porto Alegre. After this two year period, I came back to the US to serve in the Ohio Valley Locality helping as chaplain for adult ministry and being a member of the new community founded in 2012 in Cincinnati. My experience working in the Movement has been a defining part of my priestly identity. I have been blessed to work with so many great families, and I look forward to helping to be a part of the RC renewal and moving it forward into this next period of its history.

Fr. John Hopkins, LC
Los Angeles, CA

Fr. John Hopkins entered the religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1979. In 1991, he was ordained a priest by, now, Saint John Paul II. He served five years as in major fund raising and Regnum Christi in the Washington, DC, area and was helped in the founding of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Center for Family Development at that time. Later he was transferred to Atlanta, GA to found Legionary apostolates in that state. After completing a sabbatical of study in Rome and receiving his licentiate degree in Moral Theology in 2004, he returned to the DC area and was appointed President of the Institute for the psychological Sciences and the president of Our Lady of Bethesda. He has worked many years as section director for the men and women sections as well as RC Director. He is presently working in the Los Angeles area to grow the Regnum Christi movement.

Fr. Jason Smith
New York City, New York

Father Jason was ordained in Rome on December 23, 2006. The first years of his priesthood were dedicated to youth work. Presently he is the director of Regnum Christi in the NY Tri-State region. On Sundays he can be found at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in lower Manhattan. He enjoys art, baseball, photography, the outdoors, and strong coffee, except strong coffee is first.

Fr. Martin Connor, LC
Atlanta, GA

Fr Martin, was born in Baltimore MD, grew up near Annapolis, one of eight children, the last two of which are Legionary priests. He entered the Legionaries of Christ in 1990 after graduating from Boston College, was ordained to the priesthood in January 2001 in Rome with his brother, Fr. John Connor who currently serves as the Territorial Director for the Legionaries of Christ in North America.

Fr. Martin spent his first 7 years of his priesthood in Dublin Ireland where he was Chaplain of a Catholic Elementary School and Director of a Family Center. During that time, he was spiritual director to the youth and adults of the Regnum Christi Movement in both Ireland and Great Britain. From 2007-2010, he worked as Chaplain to the Conquest Youth programs of Regnum Christi that run in Northern Ohio and Indiana. Currently, Father Martin resides in the Atlanta, GA LC community where he serves as the Chaplain to the Lumen Atlanta Chapter and the RC Atlanta Local Director.

Fr. David Daly
Atlanta, GA

Fr David Daly, LC, is a native of St. Louis, MO. He attended St. Louis University High School and then the University of Dallas. In 1990 he entered the novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, CT. Since his ordination on January 2, 2001, he has served as vice rector in various seminaries in Europe and the United States. He has also spent several years working in campus ministry to college students in New England. From 2008 to 2014 he served as local superior and Local Coordinator of Apostolate for the Regnum Christi Movement in Atlanta, GA, and from 2014 to 2017 he was the President-Rector of the Legionaries of Christ of Novitiate and College of Humanities. On July 1, 2017, he began a three year term as a member of the Legionaries of Christ Territorial Council for the North American Territory.

Fr. John Bartunek, LC
Oxford, MI

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level theology at the Institute for Psychological Sciences, Mater Ecclesiae College, and the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. Fr. John currently resides in Michigan where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center. His online, do-it-yourself retreats and daily saint blog are available at RCSpirituality.org.

Fr. Daniel Brandenburg
Cincinnati, OH

I grew up in an active Catholic family surrounded by the farmlands of northern Iowa. I joined the Legionaries of Christ when I was 17 years old, in the summer of 1993. My two years of novitiate were in Cheshire, then Armonk, NY. From 1999-2002 I did my apostolic internship in Denver, CO as director of a vocation team. I was ordained a priest in December of 2007. Since the summer of 2008, I returned to the United States and served as “assistant for apostolate” to the territorial directors of the New York territory and then the combined territory of North America. From the summer of 2012 until 2016, I served as regional director of Regnum Christi, director of Regnum Christi youth work in the Ohio Valley, and director of Camp River Ridge. I’ve published two books (The New Fundamentalists: The Intolerance of Tolerance and Better with God: Why be Good without God When You Can Be Better with God?) and I’m working on another one entitled “Journey to Joy: Spiritual Reflections on the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Fr. Peter Hopkins
Atlanta, Georgia

Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC was born and raised in Cazenovia, NY outside of Syracuse. He studied Liberal Arts at Thomas Aquinas College in California before entering the Legionaries of Christ in 1977. He completed his philosophical and theological studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has worked in Ireland and Mexico in the Catholic formation of youth and family. He was the founder and director of the Our Lady of Mt. Kisco Retreat & Family Center in New York. The past 6 years Fr. Peter was the Director of the Regnum Christi Men’s section and superior to the Legionaries community in Dallas. He is presently assistant chaplain to the men’s section and helping with marriage preparation courses in Atlanta, Georgia. He was ordained by Saint John Paul II along with his two younger brothers in St. Peter’s Basilica in 1991.

Fr. Kevin Meehan
Cheshire, CT

Fr Kevin was born in Boston, MA. He entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Orange, CT, in 1981 and made his first profession of vows in 1983 . The following year he studied at the Legion of Christ College of Humanities in Salamanca, Spain. He then went to Rome and acquired a licentiate Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University. From 1984-1988. He made his perpetual profession of vows in 1987. During his internship he spent time as a member of the formation staff in the Legion’s Center for Higher Studies in Rome, as dean of students in the Cumbres High School in Mexico City and at Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in Center Harbor, NH. Returning to Rome to finish his theological studies, he was ordained a priest on January 3, 1991 by St. John Paul II. Since ordination, he served as Rector of Immaculate Conception Apostolic School campus in Cheshire (1991-1997) and later as Vice rector in Center Harbor (1997-2000). In 2000, he became Rector of Immaculate Conception Apostolic School located in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, while also serving as Instructor of novices. From 2007-2009 Fr Kevin returned to Cheshire as spiritual director at the College of Humanities. In 2010 he was named assistant to the territorial director of North America for the area of religious life. He held this position until April 2014 when he was named a member of the council for the territorial director of North America. Fr Kevin was named Rector of the Legion of Christ College of Humanities on July 1, 2017.

Fr. John Paul Duran
Washington, DC

Fr John Paul Durán was born in Tucson, Arizona to Colombian parents and grew up in Bogotá, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Atlanta. He entered the Legionaries of Christ in 1998, and was ordained a priest on December 12, 2011. His pastoral formation included serving as a seminary formator in both Spain and Rome, leading youth groups in the US and Spain, and preaching missions in Colombia, Mexico and Fiji. He served four years as Vice Rector of Legion of Christ College in Cheshire, Connecticut, and is currently President of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Director of the Women’s Section in Washington DC.

Fr. Edward Hopkins
Atlanta, GA 

Born and raised in Central NY State, he entered the Legion of Christ in 1980 after graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in California that same year with a degree in Liberal arts. Studied Humanities in Salamanca, Spain. Studied Philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome and Theology at the Angelicum, University of St. Thomas in Rome. Ordained with a group of 60 Legionaries of Christ, (including 2 of his brothers), by John Paul II on January 3rd 1991, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Congregation. Worked in several ministries during seminary training including work with university students, youth work and dean of students in a catholic high school in Mexico. After ordination has worked as vocation director and as youth director offering spiritual direction, retreats and apostolic formation to youth and young adults. He worked in the New York Tri-State area as Section Director for Men and women in the Regnum Christi Movement, with Pre-Cana marriage preparation, Marriage retreats, Couples ministry and Family life. He presently lives in Atlanta and is the National Vocation Director for North America.

Fr. Frank Formolo
Atlanta, GA

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1990 he began his studies with the Legionaries of Christ. From 1993-95, he served as Administrator of Dublin Oak Academy and the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Dublin Ireland. From 1995-96, seved as Administrator of the Community in Washington, DC, and obtained his License in Philosophy in 2000. 2000-03, studied Theololgy from Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

Fr. Frank Formolo, LC was ordained a priest in 2003. He worked in Promotion and Chaplaincy at two Legionary schools in Texas from 2003-07, and served as Vice Rector and Administrator of the Community in Dallas and Center of Formation in Thornwood, New York. 2012-16 he served as Superior and Administrator of the Edgerton Legionary Community, and from 2015-16, Vice Rector of the Sacred Heart Apostolic School, Rolling Prairie.

He is currently pursuing an Executive Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame as well as beginning new role as Territorial Administrator for the Legionaries of Christ in North America.

Fr. Scott Reilly
Philadelphia, PA

Fr Scott is from Kankakee, IL. In 1983 Fr Scott joined Immaculate Conception Apostolic School of the Legionaries of Christ located in Center Harbor, NH graduating in 1984. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 24, 1997 and served as chaplain at Pinecrest Catholic Academy Cumming, GA from 1997-1999. From 1999-2005 he served as chaplain at St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, GA. Between 2005-2010 he served as Territorial Director for the Legionaries in the USA. From 2010-2015 he served in Houston as superior for the Legionary community and held different responsibilities there. Presently he is the Regnum Christi Local Director in the Philadelphia locality. He enjoys, golf, tennis, hiking, working out and reading.

Fr. John Pietropaoli
Arlington, VA

Fr. John Pietropaoli was born in Malone, New York. After two years of university studies, he entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, in September of 2000. Following his religious profession in August of 2002, he studied Classical Humanities in Cheshire and Philosophy in Rome, Italy. He subsequently spent several years in Thornwood, New York, in a ministry internship and began his theology studies there in 2009. In 2011 he returned to Rome to finish his studies and was ordained a priest on December 15, 2012. He completed a Licentiate in Spiritual Theology at Rome’s Regina Apostolorum University and is currently serving as the chaplain at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, Virginia.

Fr. Donal O’Keefe
New York, NY

Fr Donal is the second of five siblings, after high school he entered the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in Dublin, Ireland. After completing this first stage of his priestly formation, he spent a year in Salamanca, Spain, studying Classical Humanities at the Legion of Christ Center for Humanities Studies. Fr Donal then completed four years of Philosophy studies and five of Theology, obtaining a Licentiate (Masters) Degree in both. Ordained to the priesthood on January 3, 1981, his ministry took him to Madrid, Spain, as Director of the Center of Consecrated men of the Regnum Christi movement. In the summer of 1982 Fr Donal was appointed Director of the Cumbres Institute in Mexico City and a year later was named Vice Rector of the Legion of Christ Novitiate in Cheshire, CT. 1988 saw him back in Spain for two years, then Ireland for two years as Rector of the Legion’s Seminary in Dublin, after which he was named Director of the women’s section of the RC movement for Santiago, Chile, a position he held for the next twenty years. During this time he traveled to other South American countries, preaching retreats, spiritual exercises and participating in Regnum Christi Conventions. In April 2013 Fr Donal arrived in Washington DC as Director of the women’s section of that city. In 2015 he was transferred to New York, to help with the adult sections of the RC movement in the tristate area.

Fr. Michael Luxbacher
Assistant Assembly Secretary
Atlanta, GA

Fr. Michael is originally from Canda and most recently served in Toronto with the local RC sections. He currently resides here in Cumming, Georgia and is the Assistant to the Territorial Secretary.

Fr. Edward Bentley
RC Territorial Committee
Observer
Dallas, TX

Fr. Edward was born in 1979, in Opelika, Alabama. He is the second of Earnest and Barbara Bentley’s four children, and he attended Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary School and Marist School for middle and high school in Atlanta, Georgia. During this time, he played a number of sports and became an Eagle Scout. After high school, Fr Bentley attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years as a history major before hearing the call to the priesthood. He joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1999 and two years later, he made his first profession in Germany. Fr Bentley earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2004, and in theology in 2010 at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College in Rome. Between his philosophical and theological studies, Fr Bentley spent three years doing youth work in Denver, Colorado then worked with high school and college students in Mexico City. He is now working in Dallas, Texas and is a member of the Regnum Christi Territorial Committee.

Fr. Sylvester Heerman
RC General Governing Committee
Observer
Rome, Italy

Fr. Sylvester Heereman was born in Bad Neustadt, Germany. He was ordained a priest in 2006. He served as territorial secretary of Italy from 2001 – 2003 and as territorial director of Central and Western Europe from 2007-2012. In February, 2012, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis named him Vicar General of the Legion of Christ. On October 11, 2012 he took over the functions of the General Director when Fr. Álvaro Corcuera stepped back from active duty for reasons of health. On January 20, 2014 the General Chapter of the Legion of Christ elected him a general councilor of the Legion of Christ. On March 19, 2014, he was named to the Regnum Christi General Governing Committee.

Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi

Lorli Pregel
Cincinnati, OH

I am Austrian, although I was born in Barcelona, Spain, where I grew up. I have been consecrated for 30 years. I had my first formation in Rome and over the years obtained a bachelor’s degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies from Anahuac University and from the Pontifical Atheneum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Right now I am finishing a Master’s degree in vocational discernment and spiritual accompaniment in the Escuela de Formadores in Salamanca, Spain.

In these past years I had the opportunity to serve in different places in the pastoral work for youth and families: Chile (3 years), Rhode Island (3 years), Austria (8 years), Holy Land (5 years) and Germany (3 years). Since last year (November 2015) I have been living in the Cincinnati community, mainly serving as a spiritual guide for the consecrated women in the territory and helping in some pastoral activities for young adults in this area.

Lucia Ochoa
Dallas, TX

Lucia Ochoa is a Consecrated Women in Regnum Christi who has been consecrated for 19 years. She has served as council member to the Territorial Director of North America CRC for 2 years. She also served in formation and spiritual direction for young professionals, consecrated women and RC women. Lucia was administrator for 10 years

Naoise Johnston
Atlanta, GA

Naoise Johnston is a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi who comes from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and was consecrated in Ireland in 2002. Prior to her consecration she studied and worked in different parts of Canada and in Ireland and the US, primarily in university archives and libraries. Following her consecration, she served for thirteen years in various capacities with Mater Ecclesiae and the Domus Mariae Greenville community in Rhode Island. She is currently the director of the Territorial Directorate Community located in Atlanta, and serving as a territorial council member for the Consecrated Women of North America and on the Regnum Christi Territorial Committee.

Joan Kingsland
Cincinnati, OH

Joan Kingsland has been a consecrated member of the Regnum Christi Movement since 1993. She earned licentiate and doctoral degrees in moral theology at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Rome, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She taught theology at Mater Ecclesiae College in Rhode Island from 2006-2015, where women discerning the consecrated life in the Regnum Christi Movement earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies. She served as president of Mater Ecclesiae College from 2014-2015. Joan is currently the Training and Development Specialist for Ruah Woods, a Theology of the Body Institute; and she teaches a few courses at the Athenaeum of Ohio, which is the archdiocesan seminary for Cincinnati. She is also a censor for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Lauren Hawkesworth
Chicago, IL

Lauren Hawkesworth has been consecrated in Regnum Christi for fourteen years and is originally from South Africa where her family still lives. Lauren is the oldest of six children. Growing up in a dominantly protestant country Lauren always wanted to help the Catholic church in some way. Not knowing how or where to do this, and after entrusting this to the Holy Spirit, she met the Consecrated Women while working and travelling after high school in Dublin, Ireland. Lauren came to the US in 2003 and after studying a bachelors in Religious and Pastoral studies at Mater Ecclesiae College was assigned as a formator for the consecrated women in the college for five years. Lauren also worked in Immaculate Conception Academy (a discernment high school for young women) as Vice director for one year, and also in Overbrook Academy (an international language school) as an instructor of formation for one year. Lauren is currently serving her fifth year as the community director for the consecrated women in Chicago.

Michelle Reiff
Oxford, MI 

Originally from Carroll, Iowa, I was incorporated at the first YFE in Chicago back in 1996 and got consecrated a few months later on August 22, 1996. I spent two years in formation in Rhode Island and then was assigned to work at Colegio Cumbres Femenino in Santiago Chile. I was there for three and a half years and then was sent to Dallas, Texas to work in The Highlands School. For the next 11 ½ years, I served at the school in a variety of roles including formation director and principal, as well as being a member of the board of trustees. In 2012, I was named a member of the territorial council for the consecrated women. Currently, I am living in Oxford, Michigan and serving as director of the community of consecrated women and the RC Director for our locality. I am also a member of the RCTC and have experienced first-hand the fruits that come when all of the branches are working together.

Maria Knuth
Cincinnati, OH

Maria Knuth is originally from Minnesota, and has been consecrated in Regnum Christi for 17 years. She has a bachelors degree in education and development and a masters degree in religious and pastoral sciences. Joining the movement when she was in ECYD, she has served youth in our sections and educational institutions across the United States. She was a delegate for the first territorial assembly of the consecrated women of Regnum Christi and has served on various national and international commissions. She currently resides in the community of Consecrated Women in Cincinnati, Ohio and is part of the ECYD and youth section directive team there. She is also the national director for the ECYD support team and youth programs.

Yvonne Nuxoll
Cincinnati, OH

I grew up in a small farm town in Idaho called Cottonwood, the second of six children. In 1995, I responded to Christ’s call and was consecrated to God according to the Regnum Christi charism. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies from Anahuac University, I was blessed to serve one year in Mexico and two years at a school in Venezuela. Since then, I have served both adult and youth ministries in the United States (in New England, Louisiana, and the Ohio Valley) and helped with the production of the music CDs performed by the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi. I am currently serving as Regnum Christi director of the Ohio Valley.

Kathleen Murphy
Cincinnati, OH

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Kathleen has been consecrated to God in Regnum Christi for twenty three years. She received her degree in Education and Pastoral Studies in Rhode Island. She did her apostolic internship for three years in California, travelling the west coast of the states and Canada. She then returned to her studies but in Monterrey, Mexico for one year, then finishing her degree in RI.

She spent eleven years in Atlanta, GA, serving at Pinecrest Academy as a formation instructor, mentoring high school girls. She served as director of her community in Cincinnati for four years and as a spiritual guide in the locality. She served one year as a formator for the young consecrated women in their studies’ stage during the year they all moved to do their formation in Madrid, Spain. She currently resides in the Cincinnati community.

Glory Darbellay
Washington, DC

Glory Darbellay is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, and has been consecrated to Our Lord for twenty three years. She has a Bachelors degree in Pastoral Studies and a Masters degree in Religious Sciences. Her ministries have included; youth ministry, adult pastoral ministry, Regnum Christ Mission Corps, and a member of the council for the woman of Regnum Christi in North America. Currently, she supports the women’s ministry at Our Lady of Bethesda retreat center and is part of the auxiliary team for the women’s section.

Nancy Nohrden
Atlanta, GA

Nancy Nohrden has been consecrated in the Regnum Christi Movement since 1998. She has degrees in philosophy, education & development, and religious and pastoral studies. Since her consecration, Nancy has worked with youth, families, vocations and in Regnum Christi schools in the northeast of the United States, St. Louis, Missouri, Atlanta, Georgia and Germany. She has been serving as the territorial director for the consecrated women in the North American territory since 2012.

Adrienne Rowles
Atlanta, GA

Adrienne was consecrated in November of 2000. From 2003 to 2015, she worked in the formation of consecrated women. Additionally, from 2006 to 2011, she served as Formation Instructor at The Highlands School in Dallas, TX and from 2011 to 2015, held the positions of Vice Director of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island. Since 2015, she has served as the National Vocations Director for the Regnum Christi Consecrated Women and recently relocated here to Atlanta.

Betty Rivera
Philippines

Betty Rivera was born in 1978 in Monterrey Mexico. She joined ECyD when she was 12 and incorporated to Regnum Christi when she was 16. Betty entered consecrated life in 1997 and did her formation in Rhode Island. Betty has served as ECYD assistant in Mexico, Atlanta, and Michigan. While in Mexico she coordinated the network of ECYD clubs in the country. She has collaborated as auxiliary member in the general direction for two years and in the territorial direction for two years. She was assistant director of Everest Academy Manila one year and director for the same school for four years. Currently she is the section director for the women’s section in Manila, Regnum Christi local director, and director of the community of consecrated women in Manila. Betty has a Bachelors in Education and Development from the Anahuac University, the Licentiate in Religious Studies from Regina Apostolorum, a Masters in Educational Management from the Anahuac, and a Masters in Theological Studies with concentration in consecrated life from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College.

Daire Ryan
Chicago, IL

My name is Daire Ryan, I have been a Consecrated women in RC for 38 yrs. I was born in Dublin, Ireland, and am the youngest of a family of six children. I have two brothers who are Legionary Priests. In 1978 I joined Regnum Christi. Soon afterwards I saw clearly God’s invitation to become consecrated. Since my consecration, I have lived and worked for several years in both Ireland and Italy, but for the last twenty three years I have been here in the United States., I served in a variety of roles at Mater Ecclesiae Collage and I spent several years in the Highlands school in Dallas (and prior to coming to the states in one of our schools in Rome,) gaining experience working with children, youth, adults and families. I spent many years as Director of the Center for the consecrated women living in Dallas, and one year in that position in Washington DC. Currently I am in Chicago where I help out in the Women’s RC section and am a Spiritual Director for the section, and at both the Everest and Eastlake Academies. For many years now, I have been a Spiritual director for several of my Consecrated sisters. I have been very happy to participate in this renewal process and consider it an honor to attend the convention representing the Consecrated women here in North America. I look forward to meeting you all there!! God Bless and count on my prayers.

Alexandra Hocchaus
Territorial Secretary
Observer
Atlanta, GA

Alexandra Hochhaus grew up near Philadelphia and was consecrated in 2001. She has worked in The Highlands School since 2006. She loves being able to walk with students, parents, and teachers in their path of personal growth. Alexandra was drawn to the Regnum Christi charism because of its passionate love for Christ and joyful commitment to holiness. She also loves cooking, singing praise and worship, and playing volleyball with her community! Alexandra arrives to Atlanta to serve as a Territorial Secretary in the Territorial Directorate.

Sonia Baldwin
Territorial Administrator
Observer
Atlanta, GA

Sonia Baldwin is originally from Australia and moved to the U.S. when she was consecrated in 2006. She is currently serving the Consecrated Women in North American as their Territorial Administrator, a position she began in 2014. Sonia is also studying a Masters in Nonprofit Administration to help her fulfil this role. Sonia comes with a background in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her apostolic experience began back in Australia where she worked in adult faith formation for the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia and started the first Challenge club in the city. She has also worked in Everest Academy Lemont, been involved with ECYD youth work and gives spiritual direction in her spare time. Sonia loves cooking and fixing things.

Viviana Limón
RC General Governing Committee
Observer
Rome, Italy

Viviana Limón was born in Mexico City. She has been a consecrated woman for 13 years. Viviana holds a degree in Communication Sciences from Anahuac University. She has served in schools, youth and family ministry and as a director of consecrated women in Switzerland, Belgium and Paris. She was the Territorial Director of the Consecrated Women in Central and Western Europe from 2012 through 2013. In December, 2013, the General Assembly of the Consecrated Women named her a general councilor. On March 19, 2014, she was named to the Regnum Christi General Governing Committee.

Lay Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi

Jose (Pepe) Mateos
Territorial Director
Ex officio

 

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