RC Top 3: A podcast from Regnum Christi

RC Top 3: A podcast from Regnum Christi

“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!

March 1, 2021

In Lent Is Mission Season, we hear how the National Support Team helped the homeless in Philadelphia when they gathered to plan for the upcoming Holy Week missions.

3:20 In Daughter, Take Heart, blogger Holly Gustafson takes inspiration from one woman in the Gospel to find healing this Lent.

8:16 A Free Lenten Cookbook: Nourishment for Body and Soul describes an unlikely way an RC Formation Team literally brought fruit out of their desire to be more connected during the pandemic.

February 22, 2021

In Lenten Resolutions for Your Mental Health, blogger Holly Gustafson offers us five ways we can take care of our spiritual and mental needs to find peace during the pandemic.

2:52 Feeding Body and Soul in El Salvador During the Pandemic describes how an El Salvadoran restaurant and other organizations are supporting the suffering and needy around them.

6:17 In The Way of St. Joseph, Part 1, Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC, shares lessons that he learned in his dad’s workshop — and St. Joseph’s.

February 15, 2021

In 5 Lenten Resolutions for Your Marriage, blogger Holly Gustafson offers those called to the vocation of marriage five suggestions that might improve your life in the weeks ahead.

4:45 All Things Women: A New Apostolic Platform Inspired by Regnum Christi Team Life, tells the story of Eileen Weick, an RC Member in San Jose, California, and her new apostolate, “All Things Women,” a platform for women to discover their unique identity and share their talents at the service of the Church, through things like writing, broadcasting, public speaking, and peer mentorship. Through creating community and small groups, hosting events like retreats and workshops, and providing coaching and spiritual direction, All Things Women hopes to create opportunities for women to not only be replenished and nourished, but also be supported and equipped to replenish and nourish others through their own unique talents.

11:13 Meet Fr. Jorgé Obregon, LC, in Solid Ideas for a Fluid World: Providing Timeless Answers in a Climate of Constant Change, and learn more about his new book and his new program called Our Voice, a platform to bring groups together for weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly meetings to discuss hot button topics on social issues, leadership, and spirituality.

February 8, 2021

Pilgrimage In Faith: A Virtual Lenten Journey Through the Holy Land

A virtual pilgrimage allows pilgrims to visit holy places calmly and prayerfully. With no crowds, it is possible to delve more deeply into many Biblical, cultural, historical and spiritual details which are nearly impossible to convey under normal circumstances. The team of Legionaries, Consecrated and lay people who work in Magdala in the Holy Land are offering a free new virtual pilgrimage opportunity entitled, “Pilgrimage in Faith: A Virtual Lenten Journey Through the Holy Land Inspired by Abraham, Our Father in Faith.”

3:51 Father Félix Alarcón dies in Madrid

Fr. Félix Alarcón passed away February 5, 2021, the first Friday of the month, at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation hospital, in Madrid (Spain), at the age of 87 and after 57 years of priesthood. Fr. Félix was among the first generations of Legionaries of Christ, and was one of the first to denounce Fr. Marcial Maciel. The 2020 General Chapter of the Legionaries of Christ had asked him for forgiveness, recognizing as “prophetic his denunciation in favor of truth and justice” and thanking him “for the good he did not only for the Congregation, but for the Church itself”

6:46 Join the Consecrated Women in a Consecration to St. Joseph

The Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi are leading a 33-day guided consecration to St Joseph during this year dedicated to him. For the 33 days leading up to St. Joseph’s feast day on March 19th, you are invited to join them daily in reading the corresponding chapter from the book, watching the daily video from the Consecrated Women on Facebook, and reflecting on the material in your own daily life.

February 1, 2021

First, Welcome to a new blog called The Way of St. Joseph, written by Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC. This 14-part series is offered as a practical, imaginative, and prayerful way to get to know the saint who was the earthly father of Jesus, and the husband of Mary, during this Year of St. Joseph.

7:58 Next up: Holy Week 2021 is still Holy Week, so even in the midst of the COVID 19 Pandemic, we want to live it in the best way possible. Some have prudently asked, “Can we still do missions this year? Should we still do missions this year?” For the National Support Team of Mission Youth, and the Local Mission Youth Directors, the answer is a resounding, “YES!”. The mission may look different this year, but the mission is still out there and we need to respond with courage and creativity.

10:58 Last, we offer an abridged version of a new story, Legionaries of Christ Embrace Journey of Healing, Prevention, and Purification, detailing many of the ways that the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ is working to heal the trauma involved with sexual abuse in its past, prevent any future abuse, and purify its identity and practices.

January 25, 2021

Our first story this week, Worthy of Wearing: A Movement Guiding Women on the Journey to Self-Worth, is about Nicole Caruso and her journey to self-worth that led her to write a book and create a new program with a powerful and transformative message of every woman’s intrinsic worthiness.

Next, in Surrendering to Love: A Year in the Life Discerning the Consecrated Vocation, we introduce you to Elizabeth Conklin, a young woman who is spending this year discerning a potential vocation with the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi.

Finally, in Reclaiming Love: The Fruit of a Five-Year Journey that has Only Just Begun, Fr. Martin Connor, LC, tells us about his new book which explores human love, the struggle between the head and the heart, and how to reclaim a healthy, balanced, and authentic love.

January 18, 2021

In our first story, Empty Pews and Crowded Hospitals: The Priestly Ministry During COVID-19, meet Fr. Stephen Howe, LC, who contracted COVID 19 in March of 2020. After he recovered, his ministry as vicar at St. Peter and St. Denis Parish in Yonkers, New York, took on a new focus, reaching out to those who are suffering from the virus. Fr. Stephen spends his days offering help and healing as a priest and minister of the sacraments to his parishioners, whether it’s in their homes, in the church, or at their hospital bedsides.

Next up, hear about the new book, Millennials Meet Mary. In this modern day and age, how do millennials meet Mary? Considering the Mother of Jesus died more than 2,000 years ago, some encounter her through prayers and devotions while others contemplate her through art from museums around the world. This new book is a compilation of Marian art reviews from 80 millennials in 42 countries. They each reflect on Jesus’ Mother from their various backgrounds, which Joan says is the “A to Z,” starting with Argentina and Armenia and ending with Zimbabwe.

Our third story, Creating a Thriving Regnum Christi Section at Benedictine College, introduces us to Fr. Ryan Richardson, LC. Life as full-time college chaplain is a busy one. Father Ryan has been working to intentionally share and live that beauty of the charism of teamwork and Regnum Christi family life with the RC students on campus.

January 11, 2021

Our first story, Caring for the Unborn and the Underserved in Downtown Wichita, introduces us to Dr. Jody Elson, a Regnum Christi member in Wichita, Kansas.  “What are you doing for the poor?” was the question that Dr. Elson’s spiritual director asked her one day during spiritual guidance, and it’s the one that ultimately gave focus to Jody’s career as a family physician dedicated to some of the most vulnerable sectors of the population – the unborn, the poor, and the underserved.

In our second story, A New Path and Purpose for Nashville Musician, we meet Rae Hering. Raised in a Catholic home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, singer-songwriter Rae Hering moved to Nashville to study piano and composition at Belmont University, where partying and playing music took priority over attending Mass. For years, Rae ignored her Catholic faith, until a close member of Rae’s family took his own life.

Our third story this week is  Rose Cunningham makes her final vows as a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, an interview with Rose that happened right before she made her final vows as a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rome.

January 8, 2021

Praying for Our Prodigals: An Apostolate of Prayer and Peace, introduces us to Kristine Bruce, a member of Regnum Christi and the founder of an apostolate called “Praying for Our Prodigals,” designed to guide and encourage people to pray, fast, and do acts of mercy for their loved ones living far from the Church.

Victoria Backstrom Makes Final Vows of Consecration is an interview with Victoria Backstrom who just made her final vows as a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi. We spoke with her about many topics such as community life, her relationship with the Regnum Christi family and her relationship with God.

RC Music Collective: A New Musical Initiative at the Service of the Church tells the story of Fr. Jaime Lorenzo, LC, who has been a music lover nearly his entire life, but when he joined the seminary to become a Legionary of Christ, he left it behind without much deliberation. A couple of years down the road, music came back into his life, and now Fr. Jaime, along with one of his Legionary brothers, Fr. John Klein, and one of his Consecrated sisters, Emily Roman, is able to contribute his love and talent for music in a brand-new initiative called the Regnum Christi Music Collective.