“RC Top 3” is a weekly podcast featuring the top 3 stories from Regnum Christi. Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, the podcast highlights inspiring and informative stories about Regnum Christi members of all vocations, and the impact they are making on the world by living their God-given mission.
Narrated by Colin Gore, a lay member of Regnum Christi, each episode will focus on the lives of people from all over the North American Territory, and how they have been inspired to share Christ’s love with others by living the charism of Regnum Christi and evangelizing in creative ways.
Tune in each Monday to get to know a new group of apostles and their inspiring stories!
December 22, 2022
New Prayer Book for Members of Regnum Christi
A new prayer book for lay members of Regnum Christi, called Lord, Teach Us to Pray, was just published in e-book and web versions. It will be available soon in paperback version, and on the RC English App in both text and audio versions.
8:23 Mary: A Model of Trust, a Mother to Us All
Linda Romagnoli poses the question: What if we were being asked to surrender to God? She writes about The Blessed Virgin Mary, her “Fiat,” and the gift of free will.
12:47 Advent Prep Reading List: Part 2
Holly Gustafson invites us to plan to build into our Advent routine time to sit still for a bit, take a breath, read, pray, and journal, with the help of some of the books she has loved over the years.
December 13, 2022
Advent of Hope
The forces against human life seem to be gaining strength—and we wonder when the tide will turn. War and economic concerns continue to rattle the globe—and we wonder when nations will live at peace. For hope, we might look to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the one who nourished in her womb the vulnerable Babe who would change the world.
2:10 Father Mariano de Blas Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood
Father Mariano has been at Guadalupe Radio for 18 years, where he currently has the program “La alegría de vivir” (The Joy of Living), in which he reflects on the Catholic faith and its link to love. In addition, he has written 19 books, and published many CDs and podcasts.
8:01 Advent Prep Reading List: Part 1
Holly Gustafson recommends “three books I’ve read, am reading, or plan to read about bringing about order in the home,” as she hopes “to find time to pause, to breathe, to make some room for more time for Christ, and more room in my schedule and in my house to relax and be present with my family.”
December 7, 2022
A Boat Priest: How Escape and Survival Led to the Priesthood
“Why did God spare my life and not the lives of others?” “What does he want from me?” These are the questions that Father Chan Dinh, LC, asked himself as a young child living in a Thai refugee camp, and they are the same questions that lead him to giving his life to the priesthood.
6:29 Advent—A New Season
Another Advent is upon us! Ever darker grow the winter days (at least up here in the northern hemisphere), but new light is coming as the Church launches out on a new adventure—a new liturgical year.
9:05 Regnum Christi Federation Announces Kerrie Rivard as New Director of Marketing and Communications
Gail Gore and Kerrie Rivard have worked closely together to build a team that has established many new tools to help Regnum Christi to flourish and share the mission across the territory, including the Regnum Christi Daily Meditations newsletters and podcasts, which reach an audience of over 100,000 people every month; the new RC English App; the RC This Week, Special Announcements, and EQUIP newsletters; a growing digital and social media presence on multiple platforms; new print materials for sharing the RC identity and mission with the Church at large; and tools like a Marketing & Communications mentoring program and video tutorials to help localities and members communicate the mission more effectively.
November 29, 2022
The Gift of a Gratitude Adjustment
Gratitude lets us experience our daily reality in a different way. We see more deeply into our lives, into the world around us, and into the hearts of other people, getting past the superficial and circumstantial, discovering hidden treasures. Kerrie Rivard offers five of them.
5:12 A Seeming Contradiction
Nicole Buchholz says there is nothing as hard as getting bad news close to the holidays. Yesterday in the United States we celebrated the holiday of Thanksgiving. The daily readings, however, are all about the end times, yet the psalm is joyful and invites us to joy and thanksgiving. It seems to be a contradiction.
9:02 An Attitude of Gratitude
Thanksgiving is just behind us (in the United States), and this year it coincided with the last liturgical week in Ordinary Time. It was a perfect opportunity to reflect on all of the Lord’s blessings over the liturgical year in order to help us either fortify or regain an attitude of gratitude and get ready to start Advent.
November 21, 2022
Plenary Indulgence for RC Members on Christ the King
The Holy Father has granted the entire Regnum Christi family, in its various vocations, a plenary indulgence on the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. Find out more about it here.
2:51 Patron Saints for Parents
There are many saints and holy people that Holly Gustafson has met and learned from over years of seeking saintly advice while doing the hard work of accompanying five children into early adulthood. If you’re also finding yourself in the midst of the messiness or parenthood, here are some saints who might help.
8:11 A Triduum of Forgiveness
At a recent Evening for Married Couples, Fr Daniel Ray, LC, shared principles for forgiving as a process which does not depend on the other party asking for forgiveness, but instead simply requires us to stand next to Jesus with our arms outstretched.
November 14, 2022
Letter from the General Directive College
In preparation for the Feast of Christ the King, the General Directive College of Regnum Christi has written a letter to all Regnum Christi members.
4:10 Global Novena to Christ the King
Join over 20,000 Regnum Christi members worldwide in this novena in preparation for the feast of Christ the King!
7:46 Time, Space, and Silence to Encounter Christ on the Shores of Galilee
Three years ago, when Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, Kathleen Nichols, began her six-year assignment in Magdala – the hometown of Mary Magdalene on the shores of Galilee – she had no idea of the immense challenges and changes that she was about to encounter. But it’s no wonder since Magdala itself is a place founded on God’s mysterious and surprising generosity.
November 8, 2022
An All-Ears Synod
Listening is no small thing—just try not listening to a loved one and see what happens. So, if the synodal process helps people realize that their voices are heard, that’s promising.
2:23 Regnum Christi Spotlight Featuring Jill Caridi
When asked about how being in Regnum Christi has impacted her life, Jill shared that she and her husband went from raising their family in a very secular way to fully embracing the Catholic faith, attending mass every Sunday, and praying the Rosary most evenings.
7:33 For National Vocations Week: A Message from Fr Dain Scherber, LC
I consider myself the happiest man alive as a beloved of the Lord and pray that I may be a holy, humble priest who listens and loves.
November 1, 2022
A Place Just for You and Him
On October 25, 1529, St. Thomas More was appointed Lord Chancellor of England. He resigned less than three years later and was executed for treason in 1535 under the same monarch, King Henry VIII, who had appointed him chancellor after admiring him for twelve years. Thomas’ crime? Disagreeing with the king’s insistence on certain things he knew were not the Catholic faith.
4:33 To Know God Is to Know Peace
Carving out time to reflect and pray is an ongoing challenge. Managing the legitimate demands of work, school, and family takes effort while resisting distractions requires discipline and self-control. But how can one do it all? To address these common human challenges, Regnum Christi NY Tri-State is offering separate opportunities for men and women to schedule some “quality time” with God.
8:04 Solemnity of All Saints
Uncle Eddy gives us a crash course in the origins of All Saints’ Day in the hopes that it helps his niece, Pam, keep being a strong Christian on a campus that is so pagan.
October 24, 2022
The Wisdom of Children
Donna Garrett shares her experience: “I recently attended a holy hour in a shrine at sunset. The sky burst with gorgeous blues and pinks and purples over the land, but it was the children’s beauty that moved my heart. A small boy of about four knelt at the steps with his hands folded and his eyes fixed on Jesus. He knelt there, on the stone floor, for 20 minutes and barely moved.”
3:39 Couples’ Evenings Inspire Greenwich, CT
Regnum Christi New York Tri-State has partnered with St. Paul Parish in Greenwich, Connecticut, to offer evenings for married couples. Picture a beautiful sanctuary dimly lit with candles, quiet music setting the mood, plenty of room to sit together without feeling crowded, and a program that includes a short reflection tailored to how to enrich one’s marriage while finding peace amidst the challenges of daily life.
6:30 Not All Suffering Is Bad
Karen Pritchard shares her experience at the Renewed healing retreat recently offered by RC New York Tri-State: “Sometimes we are provided with the best opportunities to grow during our suffering when we allow God to accompany us in faith and hope.”
October 17, 2022
RC Music Collective: Introducing Sarah Carpenter
Shortly after her mission year with Mission Youth Philly began, Sarah felt a deep call to the charism of Regnum Christi and became a member in October of 2021. In May of 2022, she became a Collaborator with RC Music Collective. “From the moment I arrived, I felt so loved and welcomed, and getting to live out that charism of music through the Regnum Christi charism is an experience I don’t think I can fully express in words.”
5:40 Catholics Courageous
If we live in fear, we derive no strength from our fear. It wears us out. But when we share it with the Lord, when we open our fear to his powerful and loving presence, something begins to shift. “Courage,” the old saying goes, “is simply fear that has said its prayers.”
9:00 Niche Ranks Pinecrest Academy #1 Catholic High School in Georgia
“We are honored by this recognition, as we believe the pursuit of excellence lies at the core of our mission as a Catholic school,” commented Jake Rodgers, Pinecrest Academy Head of School. “Forming the next generation of Christian leaders takes a team, and our talented, dynamic faculty is dedicated to seeing the very best in each of our students. Achievements like this reflect the sum total of their efforts and speak to the amazing culture and community of our school.”
October 10, 2022
A Weekend of Silence?!
Mary Wolff remembers the experience of her first silent retreat, “Ironically, the thing which had most repelled me was the most exquisite gift of all! It was in the silence that I found and heard Our Lord. It was in the silence that I found and heard myself… my truest self… again.”
3:58 Melicia Antonio’s 25 Years of Consecrated Life
Reflecting on her 25 years as a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, Melicia Antonio believes that “God knows what we need to know, and reveals it in the present moment, so we just need to live fully in every moment. As they say in Spanish, al andar, se hace camino – the path is made as you walk.”
8:33 RC Leadership Convention 2022: Living Our Charism Through Collaboration
Hope Hirshorn of New York joined one hundred fifty other Regnum Christi leaders of all vocations from across the North American Territory who gathered at Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago to brainstorm how Regnum Christi can most fully live, lead, discern, and collaborate through the lens of our distinctive charism.
October 3, 2022
The world will try to lay siege to our temple, but we do not withstand the siege alone, assuming we defend with the right weapons: prayer, a virtuous life, and the sacraments.
3:33 RC Spotlight Featuring Isabel Cotti
Isabel Cotti, an NY Tri-State RC member, considers herself incredibly blessed. She grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, where she attended a Regnum Christi school. Even after moving to New York while she was pursuing what “the world” had to offer, she always thought of RC with a sense of nostalgia, wondering if she could ever go back to that way of life. God has his plan, and he kept Isabel under his wing, eventually guiding her back to her faith.
7:05 Living the RC Charism Through Sacred Art
“My art is an extension of my faith, but it wasn’t always that way.” Artist Nancy Jatcko first met Regnum Christi through Pinecrest Academy in 1994, when her husband, Jim, accepted a position with the Atlanta Olympic Committee, two years before the city would host the Olympic Games. It was through Pinecrest that their lives were changed forever.
September 26, 2022
Are You Up to the Challenge?
Christianity has always been radical—so radical that the first 33 Popes were martyred, along with countless men and women who recognized that the Gospel message was meant to change the world from the inside.
3:14 Regnum Christi Spotlight Featuring Luly Fernández
Luly Fernández, currently living and serving in Washington, DC, hails from Monterrey, Mexico. In her 29 years as a Consecrated Woman in Regnum Christi, she considers each role in which she has served as a gift and a blessing and is grateful to Our Lord for providing her with so many opportunities.
6:38 Bringing College Students Closer to Christ in the Heart of Atlanta
For Fr. John Klein, LC, who serves as a part-time chaplain at Georgia Tech, the invitation to spread the Gospel is key to engaging students in their faith: “Young people love a challenge, and a deeper purpose to their lives. The more we invite them into the great adventure of knowing and experiencing Christ in prayer, the more they will hunger for him.”
September 19, 2022
General Directive College Launches Road to 2024 General Convention
On April 29, 2024, the first General Convention of the Regnum Christi Federation will begin. Our path to the Convention is a time of grace to live our charism with greater coherence and authenticity, to walk together in our conformation with Christ as a spiritual family and apostolic body, and to renew our mission to pray. In this letter to all members of Regnum Christi, the General Directive College urges each and every one to pray, participate, and contribute their experience and vision of Regnum Christi throughout the process.
7:05 Gina Chavez, New General Secretary for the Regnum Christi Federation
Gina Chávez is originally from Mexico City, and she has been Consecrated for 21 years. On July 13, 2022, she was appointed to be the General Secretary of the Regnum Christi Federation for the next three years. But who is Gina Chávez? To get to know her a little more, we asked her to share with us something about her life with us, her experiences, and her expectations of this new assignment in Regnum Christi.
10:59 Regnum Christi Spotlight featuring Father Thanh Nguyen, LC
“Neither Communism, nor the ‘Boat People’ ordeal at sea, nor pirates could drown out God’s call for my life. For whom he calls he also paves the way,” shares Fr. Thanh. At only 2 weeks old, his path began one fateful morning on the shores of Communist-controlled Vietnam as he boarded a boat with his family in search of a better life.
September 12, 2022
To Know, Love and Serve: A Path to Marital Fulfillment
Jean MacKenzie is a Regnum Christi member and a Registered Psychologist in private practice in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Together with Melissa Guzik, a fellow Catholic counselor, she created a program to help couples to grow in their knowledge of God and each other so they can grow in their faith and strengthen their marriages.
7:21 Prep Work for Renewal
The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a reminder of how God quietly prepares to bring about big change in the world.
9:25 New International Director of Communications for the Legionaries of Christ
Juan Camilo Díaz Bohórquez, was named as the new Director of Communications for the Legionaries of Christ, beginning October 1st, 2022. Originally from Colombia, he is married to Lina Marcela and they have three children. In his new role, Juan Camilo replaces Fr Aaron Smith, LC, who was the Legionaries’ Director of Communications since 2017. Fr Aaron will continue as Director of Regnum Christi’s International Communications Office.
September 7, 2022
Hearing His Heartbeat Video Series
Consecrated Woman Jacquie Lustig created the Hearing His Heartbeat discernment series, six videos designed to help people become aware of the voice of God in their own hearts and respond to him fully in their everyday lives, for all people who might be seeking more freedom and connection in their relationship with God.
5:25 Pope Francis Creates First Legionary Cardinal
On the afternoon of Saturday, August 27, in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis presided over the Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of 20 new cardinals. Among the list of new cardinals was Msgr. Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, the first Legionary of Christ created Cardinal, and Msgr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, who accompanied the process of revision and renewal of Regnum Christi.
11:28 Consecrated Women Hire New Pastoral Care Advocate
The Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi recently hired lay woman, Griselda Cervantez, as their first Pastoral Care Advocate in North America. Her primary responsibilities include assisting those who report an allegation of abuse, accompanying victims through the investigation process, advocating for victims’ voices to be heard, and providing ongoing pastoral care to victims and their families.
August 29, 2022
God made the universe and everything in it. But He chose us! He made us in his image and likeness. The beauty of creation revealed by the telescope is mind-blowing, but to God, the beauty of every human person is more precious.
4:35 Regnum Christi Spotlight Featuring Mary Therrell
Mary Therrell, A Regnum Christi member from New York, shares her testimony and experience of living the charism.
11:04 Connect: With God, Myself, Others and the Church
Challenge Clubs from the northeast held their annual Challenge Camp recently, with more than thirty 5th through 12th-grade girls from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The theme was “Connect: With God, Myself, Others and the Church,” and its goal was for the girls to learn ways to form authentic connections, have a deeper relationship with Jesus through prayer, and approach their own self-discovery from a Godly perspective.
August 22, 2022
God made the universe and everything in it. But He chose us! He made us in his image and likeness. The beauty of creation revealed by the telescope is mind-blowing, but to God, the beauty of every human person is more precious.
2:27 Memory, Identity, and Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is a particularly privileged place of unpacking the events and situations of our life in faith, hope, and love. It helps us to hold on to events and situations theologically, retelling them in the light of faith, hope, and love and allowing us to see the divine meaning they have.
7:43 José Mateos Starts New Role at Finis Terrae University
José Mateos, previously Territorial Director of the Lay Consecrated Men in Mexico and North America, begins his new role with passion, “I believe that we make a mistake when we think that we are going to move the hearts of others through intellectual arguments. These foundations are necessary, yes, but affections, not ideas, are what touch me most deeply in my heart, my deepest existential needs, what move people.”
August 15, 2022
Immortal Openness to God
Each August 15 the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Assumption to remind us of that truth. For in Mary we see someone fully opened to the Lord. In Mary we see someone who surrendered everything to God; someone who, instead of shrieking, “I want it my way!” trustingly replied, “Let it be done to me according to your word.”
3:07 Holy Land: The Last Pilgrim — In Theaters August 19th
On August 19, 2022 a new film, “Holy Land: The Last Pilgrim” will open in the United States at Regal Cinemas, in Spanish with English subtitles. This new film weaves testimonies of converts in the Holy Land along with a fictional account of a mother and her young family, who are struggling to make a pilgrimage to the tomb of Jesus. Fr Juan Solana, LC, of the Magdala Center shares his testimony of the Holy Land in the film as well.
7:16 New National Sports Tournament Brings ECYD Boys Together
Despite having his hands full coordinating local and territorial ECYD boys’ activities, Fr. Patrick O’Loughlin, LC, organized and ran a very successful inaugural ECYD National Sports Tournament this year.
August 8, 2022
In Memorial: Fr. Tarsicio Samaniego Barriga, LC
Fr. Tarsicio Samaniego Barriga, LC, passed away on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was 87 years old, with 54 years of priesthood lived in Rome, Spain, Mexico, and the United States. He was in Cheshire, CT, for the last 30 years of his life.
4:10 New Book! Pilgrimage to the Museum
Steve and Evelyn Auth have led a special tour of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for over a decade, unveiling the ways that man has been seeking God in a gripping narrative that began to emerge over 5,000 years ago. They have translated that tour into the form of a newly published book.
9:58 Dobbs vs. Hobbes
The overturn by the U.S. Supreme Court of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision was a little like the fall of the Berlin Wall. Some of us didn’t think we would see it happen in our lifetimes.
August 1, 2022
Saints Martha and Mary: Patron Saints for Not Giving Up on Your Kids
The saints have so much to show us about living in this crazy, messy community we call a family. In honor of their feast day, July 29th, Holly Gustafson shares how Saints Martha and Mary taught her about parenting.
5:01 A Quiet Moment
Fostering quiet moments enables us to hear what the Lord wishes to say to us (cf. 1 Kings 19:9-13 on Elijah’s encounter with the Lord). He always wants to remind us that he loves us, and that elicits a response of love for him on our part, an invitation to growth and spiritual maturity.
Forgiveness can be difficult. In this article for Gratia Vobis Ministries, Nicole Buchholz, a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, shares how she is helped by thinking of others whose example of forgiveness is admirable.
July 25, 2022
Pilgrimage to the Museum: Man’s Search for God Through Art and Time
In his new book, Pilgrimage to the Museum, to be released July 26, 2022 by Sophia Press, author-curator and Regnum Christi Member Stephen Auth takes you on a provocative and colorful journey through the history of Western art, interpreted through a lens of profound Christian faith.
4:46 Come to Be Renewed!
Regnum Christi member Luisa Mendoza shares her experience of the weekend-long “Renewed” Healing Retreat retreat given by Father Jorge Obregón, LC: “Whether the wounds are emotional, physical, or spiritual, the invitation is to come to experience the healing love of Jesus Christ.”
9:49 When Prayer Seems Lethargic
In many parts of the country, summer’s hottest days are upon us. As the heat rises, our energy and motivation to be active slows, affecting our prayer life as well. This is a great time to breathe new life into our prayer life by trying something new.
July 18, 2022
Nine Days with Mary Magdalene
Prepare with the Magdala Center for Mary Magdalene’s feast day in this novena honoring her, brightening our faith and bringing us closer to the presence of God. Each day includes a reflection, livestream link and audio file.
4:59 Formation to Live a Life of Love
In this interview, Megan Houbeck, director of the International Formation Center for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in Madrid, Spain, explains what the formation of the consecrated women consists of. “It’s a continual journey of transformation in Christ and preparation as apostles according to the identity and mission of Regnum Christi.”
14:55 The Truth That Makes Us Free
“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Of course, sin is not at the heart of truth: God’s undying love is at the heart of all truth. And yet love – both gentle and unyielding – will not rest until the beloved is fully free.
July 11, 2022
Legionaries of Christ Release Revised Code of Conduct
On July 1, 2022, Father Shawn Aaron, North American territorial director of the Legionaries of Christ, promulgated a revised Code of Conduct. It was a fruit of a two-year effort that included consultation with safe environment experts, canonists, other members of the Regnum Christi Federation, and much input from Legionaries across the North American Territory.
2:01 Savoring the Summit
A true revival in love for the Eucharist is precisely what the wider culture also needs. If Catholics can regain (or discover) a deep devotion for the Blessed Sacrament, they will find the wherewithal to be true leaven in society.
4:19 Magdala Center Celebrates Eight Years of Welcoming Pilgrims
Magdala’s inauguration signaled the opening of a new window to the knowledge and experience of the gospel of Jesus. Fr. Juan María Solana, LC, Director of the Magdala Center, reflects on this.
July 4, 2022
Bringing Faith to the Football Field: Fr. Ryan Richardson at Benedictine College
With over 2000 undergraduate students, three daily Masses, and three priests hearing confessions for one hour every day, Benedictine College, a Catholic liberal arts college on the banks of the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas, has a dynamic and thriving campus faith life. And Fr. Ryan Richardson, LC, who serves as the school’s full-time chaplain, believes that he gets to work at the best Catholic college in America.
5:40 Elena Bustillos Cornejo Named as New Executive Director of the Semper Altius School Network
Elena is a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi with more than 14 years of both directive and formative experience in Spain and Mexico.
8:50 The Work of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in the Mano Amiga
The act of bringing the opportunity for education to the poorest sectors of society is indispensable in the search for social justice. This is the mission of Mano Amiga Schools, a network of education centers of Regnum Christi that has offered a quality, value-based education to children and adolescents with fewer opportunities to develop and become agents of change in their communities and society since 1963, and currently serves over 12,000 students from preschool to high school.
June 27, 2022
Artists’ Retreat Explores the Connection Between Art and Theology
“Art is the Way of Beauty. It has a special way of piercing our hearts in order to receive grace,” shares Holly Schapker, a Cincinnati artist who has been working closely with Fr. Thomas Flynn, LC, and Called to Create, an initiative established in the Ohio Valley area by artist and educator, Laura Kline, and designed to spiritually nurture Catholic artists and encourage them to use their creative gifts as a means of sharing God’s truth and love through their artwork.
7:37 A Digital Project Born During the Pandemic Continues to Grow and Bring Hope
The project “M for Mary” is an initiative that the Holy Spirit stirred in Margarita Martinez’ heart because of the pandemic. She began by offering formation to the parents of students at the school she was working at in Colombia through Instagram. Little by little, many (thousands) of people began to follow her page, and she realized that the platform could reach many people from different places around the world.
12:05 Yoked to the Sacred Heart
Last Friday, the Church celebrated the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Remember that by your Baptism you are bound heart to heart with Jesus. He desires to journey with you through life for his yoke is easy, his burden is light, and you will find rest for your souls.
June 20, 2022
Letter From the RC General Directorate in Preparation for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart
“We would like to invite all members of Regnum Christi to renew their understanding of the profound meaning of the Encounter with Christ, and to live it in their teams or in their communities.”
3:54 DMU President Says 2022 Graduates Are “An Answer to Prayer”
At the graduation ceremony for 142 students of Divine Mercy University on May 14th, Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC, exhorted them, “In a world in need of hope, in a world in need of healthy relationships, in a world in need of healing and unity, and in a world in need of truly human and Godly values, each one of you is an answer to prayer.”
9:12 The Source and Summit of Leadership
Before he became a priest, Fr. Nathaniel Haslam, LC, had other goals in mind: he planned to be a CEO, the founder of a Fortune 500 company, and a billionaire. Since his ordination in Rome in 2010, Fr. Nathaniel has served over a thousand educational and business leaders, assisting them in leadership transformation to be men and women after the heart of Christ.
June 13, 2022
Get Ready for the Worldwide Novena to the Sacred Heart!
From June 15 to 24, 2022 join the entire global Regnum Christi spiritual family in praying this novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, entitled “Jesus, the Kingdom Incarnate and the Heart of the Encounter.”
1:38 Bishop Fernando Vérgez, LC, First Legionary of Christ to Be Named Cardinal
On Sunday, May 29, 2022, the Holy Father announced the creation of 21 new cardinals, including Bishop Fernando Vérgez, LC. He is the first Legionary of Christ to be named a cardinal.
7:11 Camp Eagle’s Cliff Celebrates 25 Years of Virtue and Adventure
Camp Eagle’s Cliff is celebrating 25 years of providing an unforgettable summer camp experience that forms character, nourishes the soul, and trains in virtue the boys and young men that will become the future leaders of society.
June 6, 2022
Three Years of the Regnum Christi Federation
On May 31, 2022, the Regnum Christi Federation celebrated the third anniversary of its official recognition and the approval of its Statutes by the Holy See. Each of the members of the General Directive College share what this means to them.
9:24 In Memoriam: Paul Basil Sharpshair
On Sunday, May 29, 2022, following a tragic off-road vehicle incident involving several students from Sacred Heart Apostolic School, Paul Sharpshair, a 14-year-old eighth-grade student at Sacred Heart, passed away from injuries sustained from the incident. We ask for your prayers for Paul, as well as his family, and for all involved as we accompany the Sacred Heart families, students, and staff in this difficult time.
11:41 How to Deal with the Chaos
As summer draws near, we are about to be bombarded by intense liturgical Feasts – Ascension, Visitation, Pentecost, Trinity, Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart… The combination of those intense liturgical celebrations with all of the other, non-liturgical celebrations going on these days, the graduations and the weddings and everything else, can make us feel exhausted and overwhelmed. All the more reason to be intentional about taking time to be alone with the Lord.
May 30, 2022
Crossing the Finish Line
Sacred Scripture recounts that after forty days of being with the disciples after his Resurrection, Jesus on the Solemnity of the Ascension crosses into Heaven to take His place at the Father’s right hand, as the prophecies foretold for the Messiah. The disciples thought this was the end of the story. We’re often so guilty of the same thing because we don’t realize that Christ reaching the finish line doesn’t mean that the race is finished: we still must cross the finish line.
3:37 RC Youth of Valencia Host Congress on Masculinity
On March 12th, the Regnum Christi youth section of Valencia, Spain, together with “Juventruth” (truth for young people), organized a Congress on masculinity. The congress took place at the Cumbres School, a Regnum Christi school, in Valencia. It is the fourth congress that they have organized since 2020.
7:44 A Mother’s Love Letter
Melissa Gordon recounts the accidental discovery of a twenty-year-old love letter from her mom, leading her to reflect on how her mother helped her form her identity.
May 23, 2022
The Foundation of ECYD in Ivory Coast – A Story Everyone Should Know
Fr. Alejandro Páez, LC, arrived in Ivory Coast as a result of a string of circumstances that seem very simple, but were undoubtedly guided by the hand of God. In this article, he shares what is fundamental is to establish the proper conditions for the charism to grow, and grow in Africa.
6:30 Hello from the Other Side
Holly Gustafson has always been very open about her mental health journey, and at times when she can’t form the words in her head to pray or even lacks the hope to do so, she has learned to let the Church pray for her.
13:52 Joint Diploma in Women and Church
The Institute of Higher Studies on Women of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome is offering the 3rd edition of the Joint Diploma in “Women and Church: Women and men in a synodal community,” an online course, from June 18th – July 2nd, 2022.
May 16, 2022
28 Legionaries of Christ Ordained to the Priesthood in Rome by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello
On May 7, 2022, after two pandemic years which precluded the Congregation from holding their traditional annual ordinations as a cohort in Rome, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello ordained 28 priests of the Legionaries of Christ in the Pontifical Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. The return to the Eternal City was a welcome event and a celebration of God’s call to follow him in total self-giving through the priesthood.
5:53 Pinecrest Academy Challenge Girls Club serves the most vulnerable in Atlanta
The Pinecrest Challenge Girls Club is a service-based, apostolic ECYD after-school club at Pinecrest Academy, a private PreK-12 Catholic School in Cumming, Georgia. The group meets regularly in teams to grow in friendship with Christ and each other and undertake apostolic projects to serve their community throughout the year. And this year, the club has spent time learning about, praying for, and serving one of downtown Atlanta’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.
10:44 Believing in the Lord’s Promise
Every disciple of the Lord faces two basic doubts – filtered, however, through apparently endless permutations. The first is doubt about God’s goodness; the second is doubt about his power. The month of May is dedicated especially to the Blessed Mother, and Mary, more than any other human person, illustrates how to face these temptations.
May 9, 2022
This year, 37 Legionaries of Christ will be ordained to the priesthood, including 29 who were ordained together on May 7th, in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. Here are three of their testimonies:
0:10 Fr John Van Dorpe, LC
4:30 Fr Erik Burkel, LC
7:09 Fr Dain Scherber, LC
May 2, 2022
37 Legionaries of Christ to Be Ordained to the Priesthood
After an average time of 14 years spent in discernment and formation from the time they enter the novitiate to the end of their transitional diaconate, this year 37 Legionaries of Christ will be ordained to the priesthood. The new priests come from 11 countries, including seven from the United States. Of these 37, 29 will be ordained together on Saturday May 7th, 2022, at 10:00am Rome time (4:00am EDT, 1:00am PDT) at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, Italy.
5:22 Catholic Caregiver Community: “It’s like having a therapist, a coach, a spiritual director, and a best friend all in one!”
Combining their desire to serve caregivers, two Regnum Christi members set out to create the Catholic Caregiver Community, a one-of-a-kind ministry created to serve those who find themselves in the complex and sometimes entirely unexpected role of caring for their aging parents, helping them to navigate the many emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual challenges that come along with it.
13:24 On the Advice of Counsel
On the Feast of St. Mark at a small church in Italy directed by Augustinian monks, in the town of Genazzano, St. Mark’s feast day gets bumped every year. In this letter, Father Nikola Derpich, LC, shares about the miracles that happened at this small church and the counsel that Our Lady gives.
April 25, 2022
A Life Given in Service: Fr James McKenna, LC
On Wednesday, March 2, at the beginning of Lent, Fr. James McKenna, LC, left this life for the Father’s house. He had finished his pilgrimage in this world.
5:16 Inside the Cup
The high priests in Jesus’ time were only concerned about their squeaky-clean public images. Jesus rebuked them, saying, “Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” (Matthew 26:23) Our beautiful Catholic faith gives us the ideal tool to cleanse ourselves: the Sacrament of Confession.
12:03 You Are Witnesses of These Things
A missionary is above all a witness. In this past week, hundreds of missionaries went out to the streets and public places to witness to their faith in Jesus, to put their love for the Church and others into action. This article shares the characteristics of a missionary.
April 19, 2022
Opening a Path to Easter
In this blog, Steve Auth shares an encounter with a woman who comes from a country where Christianity was banned and the only sacrament she had ever received was baptism.
1:46 Wired to Love: A new digital platform offers a guide to navigating the complex world of human love
Fr. Martin Connor, LC, has been busy: he, along with a team of collaborators, has launched a book, a podcast, and a digital platform called Wired To Love, all designed to challenge today’s distorted view of love by letting the human experience speak for itself. His newest release is a dating resource for singles called The Dating Booklet: Practical Guidelines for Lifegiving Relationships, and presents guidelines for young adults seeking life-giving relationships based on the Gospel.
6:46 NYC Holy Week Mission Day 6 – Good Friday
A missionary on the streets of New York City shares a few anecdotes from Good Friday, when “the Holy Spirit seemed to take off the veil and just flat out jump into the action with us.”
April 11, 2022
Legionaries of Christ Release 2021 Annual Report: Truth, Justice, and Healing
With this second annual report, the congregation renders an account of the progress made in its commitment to the victims of sexual abuse throughout its history, and in the creation of safe environments that seek to prevent abuse.
3:58 On the “Camino de Jesús” Pilgrims Encounter the Living God
Fr. Arturo Díaz, LC organizes the “Camino de Jésus,” or in English, the “Way of Jesus” every year, a pilgrimage through the Holy Land that passes through the principal sites where Jesus preached, beginning in Cana of Galilee and ending in Jerusalem. This year, the pilgrimage will begin Sunday, April 3rd and will end on Monday of Holy Week, April 11th.
7:27 Compassion: Rembrandt Comes Home
In less than a week, our missionaries will be out on the streets of New York during Holy Week for the first time since 2019. Our theme this year will be Compassion, as evidenced by the Father in the Return of the Prodigal Son, the famous painting by the artist Rembrandt.
April 4, 2022
Lent Is a Gift
Steve Auth shares a reflection about entering the end of our Lenten journey by going back to those resolutions we made and re-committing ourselves to finishing strong.
3:51 What Does it Mean to Be Contemplative & Evangelizing?
A new essay available for free in e-book format dives into a charismatic trait of all Regnum Christi members, being “contemplative and evangelizing” (SRCF 20). The two traits are not only inseparable, one is always contained in the other. The apostle of the Kingdom cannot be evangelizing without being contemplative, nor be contemplative without being evangelizing.
8:13 A Football Analogy for Lent?
Fr Steven Reilly answers some questions to strengthen your spiritual game plan.
March 28, 2022
Our Lady of Czestochowa
“And she will protect you when you give her your heart.” These lines from the Song of the Black Madonna capture exactly what Our Lady of Czestochowa has done for us. In this blog, Sacred Heart Apostolic School student John Paul shares about Our Lady of Czestochowa.
3:41 Getting the Word Out
Today, if you had the text ready to copy and paste, you could post the anything on the Internet, and within minutes of uploading it would be accessible by countless people with digital access. But, it seems sometimes that convenience breeds indifference. In this letter, Father Nikola Derpich, LC, reflects on the availability of the Bible and God speaking to us through scripture.
6:44 3 Questions for a Mid-Lent Review
How’s your Lent going so far? Instead of giving yourself a pass or fail based on how you have kept your Lenten resolution, try Holly Gustafson’s three questions for a deeper reflection on your Lenten experience.
March 21, 2022
“The Word of God is Living and Active”: When Motherhood, Faith, and Fitness Intertwine
For Kristen LeCompte, motherhood and fitness go hand in hand. She’s both a stay-at-home mom and a part-time fitness instructor, and has been working with a fitness program called Fit4mom, a program that supports wellness in women throughout all stages of motherhood, since her oldest daughter was born. But when she signed up to run the Boston Marathon in October of last year, she didn’t know she’d be doing it seven months pregnant!
6:11 Regnum Christi Spotlight featuring Lisa and Rob Leonard
Rob and Lisa were cafeteria Catholics at that time even though they didn’t even know the term back in 1989. In this blog, Lisa Leonard shares how she came from being a cafeteria Catholic to being involved in several Regnum Christi apostolates.
11:33 The Water in Your Well: Weekly Message for 03-15-2022
“Give me a drink.” We hear in this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus asking the Samaritan woman for a drink. Instead of thinking about all the cultural and historical reasons for this question, another questions could be asked. How often does our Lord ask me to do something unexpected?
March 14, 2022
“Called By Name”: Mission Youth prepares for Holy Week 2022
Mission Youth is Regnum Christi’s response to Pope Saint John Paul II’s invitation at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993: “Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places, like the first apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of salvation in the squares of cities, towns, and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel; it is the time to preach it from the rooftops.”
6:31 Lenten Resolutions When You Have Relationships in Need of Healing
Wounded relationships take as many forms as there are reasons to be hurt; whatever yours might be (a suffering marriage, a conflict-riddled relationship, or strained family ties), there is healing to be had. In this blog, Holly Gustafson suggests some resolutions to unite a broken or hurting relationship to Christ throughout your Lenten journey this year.
10:55 War, Tolkien, & Lent
War in Ukraine as well as its possible escalation in both intensity and in the number of participating nations has us all deeply concerned. What can we possibly do? Father John Bullock, LC, makes a suggestion that is easily overlooked.
March 7, 2022
How to Support Polish Regnum Christi Efforts to Address the Needs of Ukrainians
A letter from Regnum Christi members in Poland who are mobilizing to meet the needs of people in the Ukraine, and refugees who have fled to Poland
3:00 In Step with the Season: Weekly Message for 03-01-2022
Lent is a season that can remind us that the move toward a better world begins when we sweep our own front steps first.
5:15 An Encounter Prayer
At her 7:00 a.m. Zoom encounter, Lisa Rooney offered the following prayer. The prayer so moved her team they asked her to write it down to share with them.
February 28, 2022
Saintly Tips for Living in the Present Moment
In this blog post, Holly Gustafson draws from the wisdom of the saints to help us live in the present.
4:47 Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
A team of volunteers from Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, are leading the “Pilgrimage of Grace”, a free virtual pilgrimage through the Holy Land, from Monday, February 28th to Easter Monday, April 18th.
7:15 2022 Lenten “Lights”: Digging Up “Root Sins”
For the intentional believer, Lent rightly tends to be a time of purposeful change. The liturgical calendar invites us to enter the desert with our Lord and take an axe to those things are separating us from him. If our life is not bearing much good fruit, perhaps we need to look at our roots.
February 22, 2022
An Epic Prayer for the Lenten Season
In this blog, Melissa Gordon shares how she discovered the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and what she learned about God’s mercy through it.
6:04 6 Lenten Resolutions for Your Marriage
In her blog post, Holly Gustafson asks us, “Why not live Lent this year by sacrificing, praying, and giving within, and through, this vocation to holiness and love?”
11:48 Second Ancient Synagogue Found in Magdala
In this interview, Marcela Zapata-Meza, director of the Center for Research in Ancient Cultures of the Anáhuac University, shares what this discovery means for the city of Magdala, for our understanding of Jewish history and culture at the time of Jesus, and for her personally.
February 15, 2022
Where Is God?
As Fr. John Pietropaoli led a group of seminarians through a course on western civilization, one of their leitmotifs came from Gerard Manley Hopkin’s magnificent poem “As Kingfishers Catch Fire.” Inspired by this poem, Fr. John Pietropaoli, LC, reflects on Faith.
2:45 Love Reciprocated Back: A Summer of Professions for the Steeves Family
Last summer, the Steeves family’s three eldest children professed their first vows. In this article, please read about how Mark and Georgette Steeves’ vocation to Regnum Christi has been integral in their role as parents accompanying their children through their individual discernment processes and, ultimately, to their first professions last summer.
9:32 This Pilgrim’s Progress
For Meg Bohn, it has been a privilege and a blessing over the years to accompany our High School Juniors to Washington DC for what has become known as the DC Pilgrimage. In this blog, Meg shares how each and every student on the pilgrimage encapsulated virtue.
February 7, 2022
Cold Feet Won’t Stop Me
Melissa Gordon hates the cold, but for her, this year’s March for Life was worth bearing it. In this blog, Melissa shares her story of how she became pro-life and her experience at the March for Life.
6:18 2022 March for Life — Regnum Christi Experiences
“I’ll pick you up at 4:15 am” may not be a typical text, but for longtime friends Linda and Mary, it simply marked the beginning of their latest adventure as they prepared for the March for Life in DC. Father Joseph Brickner, LC, took many of the novice brothers from the Legionaries of Christ Novitiate and College of Humanities in Cheshire, CT, to the March for Life. In this blog, Regnum Christi members share their experiences at the March for Life.
9:51 A Lesson to Learn from Covid
As it seems we may be beginning to see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, Father John Bullock, LC, reflects on one underlying principle at the heart of the issue: our society’s belief that physical health is the highest value. There are things worth risking your life for, and yes, even dying for.
January 31, 2022
Man on a Mission: Weekly Message for 01-25-2022
This past week, we celebrated the Conversion of St. Paul, a moment when he began to realize his true mission in life. In this letter, Father Nikola Derpich, LC, speaks about venerating St. Paul as an apostle due to his incredible missionary drive after his conversion.
4:08 My Prayer in Gethsamane
Ana Paula Sánchez blogs about God’s perfect timing while on a recent trip to Gethsemane.
7:31 One of the First American ECYD Members Reflects on Its Impact
This year Regnum Christi’s Youth Section ECYD (Encounters, Convictions, Your Decisions) celebrates 50 years! In light of this precious gift, Cecelia Rowedder shares a little of her personal experience in ECYD.
January 24, 2022
“I Would Go Back in a Heartbeat!”: Living the Charism of Regnum Christi through RC Mission Corps
What better way to learn and live the charism of Regnum Christi than to spend an entire year dedicated to doing just that? In this article, learn about Ashley Hess’ journey of becoming a missionary with the RC Mission Corps and how the experience shaped her life following her year of mission.
5:50 The Freedom of an Open Heart
Christ is asking parents to join Him in a great mission for the Church, that of encouraging a culture of vocation by helping their children to discover their vocations. For young men who are open to a priestly vocation, Sacred Heart Apostolic School (SHAS) provides an opportunity to live in an environment that supports and nurtures this openness as he attends high school.
10:39 13,318 Items Donated in Food Drive
Pinecrest Academy’s annual Canned Food Drive was our most successful to date! Our ever-so-generous families donated 13,318 items, which broke a record! This number represented the highest amount of “overall items” and “items per student” since we began this drive several years ago. All items benefit the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry at St. Brendan Catholic Church. This pantry feeds thousands of local families per year.
January 17, 2022
This Present Moment
In this blog, Holly Gustafson shares about a daily morning practice and her reflection on what God is telling her through this practice.
3:13 Good Riddance 2021?
Between Delta and Omicron variants of Covid, ongoing lockdowns in some areas, political tensions, and now, serious inflation, it is quite understandable that people would want to close the chapter that was 2021. Hopefully, 2022 will be better. In this blog, Fr. John Bullock, LC, shares four reflections on our relationship to time.
7:26 Lessons from the Workshop of Saint Joseph, by Fr Daniel Brandenburg, LC
In the epilogue to his blog, Fr Daniel invites us to entrust ourselves to the care of St. Joseph.
January 10, 2022
In this article, Steve Auth shares stories from the missionaries during their Christmas mission in New York City.
4:56 God is Faithful!
When Fr Eric Neilsen, LC, joined the Legionaries of Christ, he wasn’t able to establish contact with his fallen-away father for 25 years. In this blog, Fr Eric shares how God worked through his priesthood in a way he could never have foreseen or imagined.
11:06 Lessons from the Workshop of Saint Joseph, by Fr Daniel Brandenburg, LC
In Part 16 of his blog, Fr Daniel teaches us how St. Joseph discovered, chose, and lived the way of his son, accomplishing his mission and forging his legacy.
January 3, 2022
Fr Terrence Allen’s annual road trip from Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, GA, to the Legionaries’ seminary in Cheshire, CT, helps high school boys experience their faith in action in the lives of men not much older — and not much different — than themselves.
2:55 Removing One’s Sandals Before the Sacred Ground of Another
Maricar Dizon, a Regnum Christi Philippines’ Women’s Section Director, shares a few humbling lessons learned from Divine Mercy University’s Spiritual Direction Certification program.
8:08 Lessons from the Workshop of Saint Joseph, by Fr Daniel Brandenburg, LC
As Joseph realized that Jesus wouldn’t take over his carpentry business, did he fear losing the legacy he had built up through so much of his time and effort? Fr Daniel answers this for us in Part 16 of his blog on St. Joseph.