What a great year this will be for our Regnum Christi family! The 75 year anniversary, the year of Mercy and of Consecrated life, and in the midst of it all: the renewal meetings for the 1st and 2nd degree of Regnum Christi. There is a lot of be thankful for as I reflect back on my own story as a consecrated women of Regnum Christi. This year marks a personal milestone of my own: as of January, I will have been part of the Regnum Christi family for 19 years. That’s all my adult life! Most of those years have been spent here in theUnited States which makes me sound (at least according to my family) more like an American than the Aussie that I am.
Growing up in a small farming town in southern Australia my faith experience was highly influenced by a proud Irish Catholic tradition. Simple, humble family living along with several heroic examples of missionary vocations (one relative being among the first Sisters of St Joseph to join Australia’s first saint, St. Mary MacKillop) cultivated a strong sense that God had a particular plan for me. But what was it?
Enter a seemingly random encounter with two consecrated women right around the time I was struggling to find meaning in a secular career path. I knew that I had finally found His plan for my life. I was consecrated in 1998; it was the start of beautiful adventure following the Lord in poverty, chastity and obedience.
I began my studies in Rhode Island but finished my formation years in Madrid, Spain. In the summer of 2006, I returned to the United States and was involved in youth work in San Jose, CA before moving to Atlanta GA to be a member auxiliary team for the women’s section from 2007 – 2014. I now live and work in Washington DC as the director for the RC Spirituality Center, an online resource for personal formation and prayer. You can find out more about this fantastic ministry at www.rcspirituality.org
These years of our renewal process have been full of unexpected challenges, but with each one I can confidently say, with St. Paul that “the grace of Christ has abounded so much more.” I look forward to meditating on that reality more in this year of Mercy, and doing it in conjunction with my Regnum Christi brothers and sisters who are also looking within their own hearts and personal history to discover the charism Christ has given us. Finally, I pray that this encounter together renews in each of us a passionate desire to evangelize. May we allow the love of Christ to impel us to mission, sharing the treasure we have received with others.