The General Assembly of the Society of Apostolic Life of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi began meeting in Rome on January 19th, and will conclude on February 27th. On February 11th, the General Assembly elected Nancy Nohrden, an American, as the new general director.
Nancy Nohrden was born on February 4, 1974 in Bellevue, near Seattle, Washington, USA. She grew up in Southern California and finished her high school in Massachusetts. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, then worked at a law firm. She was consecrated in 1998, at the age of 24. After three years of formation, her first apostolate was working with youth and young adults in Germany for five years.
Between 2007 and 2011 she worked with youth in the Regnum Christi section in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2011 she moved to Atlanta, GA as the Formation Director at Pinecrest Academy and in 2012 was appointed the community director for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in Atlanta. Since November 25, 2012 she has been the territorial director in North America, based in Atlanta, GA. She was a member of the 2014-2019 North American Regnum Christi Territorial Committee and has been the vice president of the Regnum Christi Federation’s Territorial Directive College since September 15, 2019. She is currently studying a Masters Degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership at Spring Arbor University.
With these appointments, the term of the previous general director and general council, Gloria Rodríguez and her counselors Paula Errazuriz, Viviana Limón, María del Carmen Ávila, Denise Funke, Cristina Danel, and the general administrator, Beatriz Pimentel, concludes. The Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi thank the previous general government for their generous and selfless dedication in these past crucial years of the canonical configuration of the Apostolic Life Society and the configuration of the Regnum Christi Federation.
The newly elected general council consists of:
Vicar General and First General Councilor – Elena Bartolemé Larrey
Elena was born in Barcelona, Spain, on April 29, 1975. She studied Architecture at the Escola Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallés, and was a Regnum Christi Missionary from 1999 to 2001 while completing her final project.
She was consecrated on the 29th of September 2001. During her first years of consecrated life she served as a formator in Cerro del Coto, community director of Mirasierra and vice-director of the Highlands School El Encinar, Madrid, Spain, between 2006 and 2009. She then spent six years in Barcelona in the youth section and supported the youth ministry of the diocese, serving as a Formation Instructor in the Santa Isabel School as well as the community director. She was a territorial councilor for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in Spain between 2013 and 2015.
She has a degree in Education and Development from Anahuac University and a Master’s degree in Religious Sciences from the Ateneo Regina Apostolorum. She specialized in Educational Psychology from theUniversidade do Oeste de Santa Catarina, and has a Master’s degree in spiritual accompaniment.
From 2015 to the present she has been the territorial director of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in Brazil.
Second General Councilor – Eugenia Álvarez
Eugenia Álvarez was born on August 16, 1980 in Caracas, Venezuela and was consecrated on August 21, 1999. She is the youngest of six children.
She joined Regnum Christi as a young laywoman in 1996, and was a RC Missionary in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1998. After her consecration in 1999, she did two years of formation in Monterrey, Mexico. During that time she worked apostolically with youth and in the area of spiritual accompaniment.
She began her full time apostolate in Mexico City working with youth. She went to Chile in 2005, where she continued working with youth and young adults.
In 2012 she was assigned to France as the community director of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in Paris. She studied a canonical degree in spiritual theology at the Centre Sevres of the Society of Jesus. In 2017 she worked in the are of catechesis in the Sant Honoré d’Eylau parish. She is currently studying her Masters degree in Spiritual Exercises at the University of Comillas.
Before being appointed General Councilor, she was the community director of Consecrated Women of the Regnum Christi in Paris, and a territorial councilor for the Consecrated Women of the Regnum Christi in the European territory.
Third General Councilor – Africa Pemán
Africa Pemán was born in Cadiz, Spain on September 14, 1965 and was consecrated on November 24, 1985.
She began studying law at the Universidad de Cádiz, but left half way through when she decided to consecrate herself within Regnum Christi. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Development from the Anahuac University, Master’s degree in Religious Sciences from the Ateneo Regina Apostolorum and a Master’s degree in Accompaniment from the Francisco de Vitoria University.
She has worked apostolically with youth, in schools, and in the formation and government of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi. She has served in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Spain.
She did her formation in Rome from 1985 to 1988. From 1988 to 1996 she worked in ECYD in Rome. She then worked in the Regnum Christi youth section in Guadalajara, Mexico. From 1999 to 2005 she was the Director of the Colegio Del Bosque in Mexico City. Between 2005 and 2012 she was the Director ofHighlands School El Encinar, Madrid, Spain. In 2012 she went to serve in Chile as the Territorial Director of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi. During that time she completed a course offered for religious superiors in San Juan de la Cruz at the Universidad de la Mística, in Ávila, Spain. For the last year and a half, she has been in Cerro del Coto, Madrid, Spain, as a formator in the formation center of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi.
Fourth General Councilor – Viviana Limón Olavarrieta
Viviana Limón was born in Mexico City on August 18, 1978. She was a member of ECYD, Regnum Christi, and a Regnum Christi Missionary in Madrid, Spain in 2001. She already had her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from the Universidad Anáhuac. She was consecrated on August 22, 2002 and did her formation in Madrid, Spain. She became vice-director of the Le Châtelard Academy and director of the youth section of Regnum Christi in Montreux, Switzerland.
From 2007 to 2012 she served in Paris, France as the community director for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi and director of the youth section of Regnum Christi. During this period, in addition to the work done within the sections and apostolates of Regnum Christi, she carried out a variety of pastoral activities collaborating with the Archdiocese of Paris and the Diocese of Nanterre in diocesan Catholic schools. From 2007 to 2010 she worked in Brussels, Belgium, with Catholic formation programs for youth, young adults and parents. In July 2012 she was appointed territorial director for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in Europe, until she was elected general councilor by the general assembly in December 2013. She was a member of the commission for the revision of the General Statutes of Regnum Christi, and oversaw the commission for the Life and Mission for the General Government of Regnum Christi.
Fifth General Councilor – Jacinta Curran
Jacinta Curran was born in Dublin, Ireland on April 4, 1960 and was consecrated on July 21, 1979. She was a member of ECYD and Regnum Christi, which she first got to know in 1975. She studied psychology at theUniversity College Dublin and received her degree in 1981. After two years of formation in Rome she went to the United States where she founded the Overbrook Academy in 1984 and became the first director, serving there for six years.
She was then assigned to Mexico City where she directed the Irish Institute for eight years. She spent five years in Vienna, Austria, as community director of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi and coordinator of apostolate in the territory of Central Europe. She went to Seville, Spain as the community director for ten years and director of the Highlands School Seville for nine years. Jacinta has been the territorial director of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in the territory of Western and Eastern Europe since 2014.
The general administrator will be appointed by the general director, with the consent of her council, after having heard the opinion of the territorial directors, for a three-year period, with the possibility of renewal for another three years.