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!

June 14, 2021

Another Easy Summer Reading List, by Holly Gustafson

This summer, I’m focusing on books with good stories that are told in engaging and even gripping ways.

3:04 Welcoming the Sacred Heart: Weekly Message for 06-08-2021, by Fr John Bartunek, LC

I think it’s safe to say that most of us, here in the twenty-first century, feel that we don’t fully understand either the beauty and the power of this devotion, or how to effectively plug into it in our daily lives.

7:21 DMU Celebrates its 20th Graduating Class, with Big Plans for the Future

We have been sent, and our life is much more than just a job – it’s a vocation, it’s a calling, and it’s an opportunity to serve, with the Lord.

June 7, 2021

Lessons from the Workshop of Saint Joseph, Part 6, by Fr Daniel Brandenburg, LC

You could say that my dad was a serial home builder, and learning from his craftsmanship has helped me to draw many parallels with Saint Joseph’s work in Nazareth, Bethlehem, Egypt, and back again to Nazareth.

9:36 Musings on Motherhood, by Corinne Medrana

Explore the reality of motherhood with me through the experiences of three generations of moms in excerpts and highlights from this conversation I had with Tita Nita Peña and Rina Santos.

15:19 New Booklet Shares the Evangelizing Impact of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi

The Consecrated Women you’ll meet in CRC IMPACT have varied backgrounds and diverse missions in the Church, but evident in all of them are the common threads of the Regnum Christi Charism and a new mature confidence in their unique identity as lay consecrated women who are part of a broader Spiritual Family.

May 31, 2021

Discover Your Personal Mission: Giving Women the Tools to Live with Purpose

“The main essence of this content that we are offering is to help women realize that they don’t have a mission – they are a mission.”

7:52 The Mission Continues

After such a fruitful Holy Week turnout, the missionary zeal continues to grow and spread.

9:34 The Practice of Grounding Prayer, by Holly Gustafson

“There is no rock like our God, and no one better to make me feel sure and steady when I’m feeling unsure and ungrounded.”

May 24, 2021

The Fulfillment of My Deepest Desire, by Deacon Russell Ward, LC

“I have found that God fills us with deep desires in our hearts and, if we let him lead us, he will undoubtedly begin to fulfill all of these desires in unexpected ways.”

4:28 Part IV: Dreams, Desires and St. Teresa’s Call to Found, by Lisa Small

“I dream that the apostle in each one of us, especially our lay members, may be unleashed.”

11:17 Divine Mercy University and Regnum Christi: a Partnership to Educate and Inspire Spiritual Directors

“The ministry of being a spiritual director is really a hidden service because it is not about you, it’s about the person being directed and their relationship with the Lord.”

May 17, 2021

Deacon Vinh Pham, LC: Yes to the Next Step

“One step at a time,” I said, “only one step”. That was the best first step of my life.

7:45 “This institute is quenching a thirst in my spirit I didn’t even know I had,” The Lydia Institute provides a new ministry for professional women.

The mission of the Lydia Institute is to engage working women in the life and mission of the Church… one heart, one home, one office at a time.

13:47 Part V: A Blueprint of Lay Consecration: St. Joseph, by Lisa Small

Jesus, Joseph, and Mary are incredible models in living out this style of life – being 100% lay, and 100% consecrated.

May 11, 2021

Bringing the Joy of the Gospel to the Academic World

For Dr. Marial Corona, a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, the academic world is the perfect setting in which to bring the Gospel values.

5:23 My Retreat With St. Teresa Part 4: The Walls of Avila and Our Call to Go Out, by Lisa Small

Contemplating the walls of Avila and praying about my current mission reaffirmed my Regnum Christi call to go out and bring Christ into our secularized world.

12:54 Something Special about St. Joseph, by Fr John Bullock, LC

Our society urgently needs a Christian renewal of what it means to be a man, a husband, and a father.

May 4, 2021

Way of St. Joseph: Life Surprises

Today we share part 5 of the 14-part series on St. Joseph by Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC. In this blog, Fr. Daniel reflects on St. Joseph and his reaction to the surprise of Mary’s pregnancy.

6:07 My Retreat with St. Teresa: No One Is an Island – Not Even a Contemplative Nun

This is part 3 of a series of 6 blogs where Lisa Small, a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, shares about her 8 day silent retreat in Avila and what St. Teresa of Avila and the current Carmelites living there had to teach her about her own vocation as a lay consecrated woman called to evangelize and sanctify the world through her Regnum Christi spirituality.

12:12 St. Joseph the Worker and the Virtue of Work

For the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, Holly Gustafson reflects on the virtue of work and suggests two books to honor St. Joseph for the month of May.

April 26, 2021

Would you do it for me?

Deacon Michael Sester, LC shares his vocation story.

6:53 Monasteries and Miami Beach, by Lisa Small

A place I would typically avoid became a place of deep encounter with God.

14:02 Three Secular Books that Speak to the Sanctity of Life, by Holly Gustafson

These aren’t Catholic books by Catholic authors, but books that (perhaps unknowingly) explore Catholic issues, in a way that confirmed and helped to deepen my own Catholic understanding of the sanctity of life, from womb to tomb.

April 19, 2021

Spiritual Mentorship and the Ministry of Relationship

For Lauren Lagarde, mentoring young adults along their faith journeys has become a mission and now a ministry, and it all came about from a touching promise to a friend.

4:48 Join Us For a Weekend of Growth as a Man and a Father

It is time for all of us to remember our identity as Catholic Men. This April 23-25, the A Man and Father conference will help men embrace a new identity as images of God’s Fatherly love for all humanity.

7:43 My Retreat with St. Teresa: What can a Carmelite cloistered nun teach us about our own vocation within Regnum Christi?

This is part 1 of a series of 6 blogs in which Lisa Small, a Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, shares about her 8-day silent retreat in Avila and what St. Teresa of Avila and the current Carmelites living there had to teach her about her vocation as a lay consecrated woman called to evangelize and sanctify the world through her Regnum Christi spirituality.

April 12, 2021

Easter Letter to All RC Members from the Territorial Directive College

As members of Regnum Christi we feel as if Holy Week is, in a singular way, ‘our week,’ and the Easter season is also ‘our season.’

5:39 Fr. Seth Sabata, LC: My Story of Getting Walloped by God’s Call

When I clearly felt the call of the Lord for the first time it seemed like he hit me over the head with a two-by-four of grace.

12:50 Holy Wednesday: Transformation. “Mary Magdalene Embarks on a Journey”

The French painter Georges de la Tour teaches us that for Mary Magdalene and for each one of us, transformation is a lifelong commitment and a daily struggle.

April 5, 2021

Holy Week Mission Blog: Holy Monday

On Holy Monday, the Virtual Holy Week mission focused on the topic of fear until Fr. Shawn Aaron, LC, gave a reflection on the Vaccine for Fear—Jesus. In this blog, Steve Auth shares reflections from the first day of the Virtual Holy Week Missions.

6:12 My Unheroic Lent

In this blog post, Holly Gustafson tells us that some years, we have to let someone else be the hero for Lent.

8:46 My Heart Is the World: Discovering Fraternity

Olivia Steeves, a candidate for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, explores the depths of fraternity, communion and tension in human relationships.

March 29, 2021

Way of St. Joseph: Betrothal

Today we share the next part of a 14-part series by Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC, which 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.

9:38 Regnum Christi Down Under: A Faithful Father’s Legacy

Very early on Christmas morning, Michael Devereux passed away in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. Father of seven sons, including three Legionary priests, Michael was a devoted husband and father who leaves behind a family legacy of faithful and generous service to the Church and Regnum Christi.

14:38 Missions and the Material God Uses to Build the Kingdom

A few weeks ago, Fr. Jorge Obregon, LC, asked 13 young adults gathered for a mission day to consider what building materials we are offering God every day, so he can build a place for us to live in heaven. They responded by preparing food that would become simple but powerful offerings of love to the homeless people they would encounter later.

March 22, 2021

The Way of St. Joseph: The Fears of St. Joseph Today we share the next part of a 14-part series by Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC, which 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.

9:08 Everyday Kind of Love In movies, shows, books, and songs, we see love as something that happens to us instead of something that we nurture everyday. What we learn from these things is that we can fall in and out of love quickly. In this blog, Celine Dabao reflects on how the love between her parents mirrors the sacrificial love of Christ.

11:48 Young Man, I Say to You, Arise In this blog, Br. John Sester, LC, shares his Spiritual Exercises reflection on the crucifixion.

March 15, 2021

Legionaries’ Governance Style Grows in Charity and Wisdom For the Legionaries of Christ, the exercise of authority has matured in many significant ways over the years of their renewal. The changes that are reflected in their new constitutions have made a number of concrete differences in the way Legionaries live their vocation today. Here are some of them.

6:09 God’s Carpenter: St Joseph’s Life in Four Short Stories When Pope Francis released an apostolic letter titled “Patris Corde,” inviting Christians all over the world to develop and nurture a relationship with St. Joseph, Father Simon Cleary, LC, knew that he wanted to do something special to bring others closer to his patron saint. He got the idea to write a book of stories that would bring detail to and animate the life of St. Joseph.

12:33 Coleen Fink Joins RC Territorial Directive College The North American Territorial Directive College of the Regnum Christi Federation has announced the appointment of Coleen Fink of Coppell, Texas, as the second lay member on the College. She joins Charlie Bradley, a lay member from Ohio, Fr. Shawn Aaron, LC, Fr. David Daly, LC, and Consecrated Women Kathleen Murphy and Glory Darbellay.

March 8, 2021

In Wonder of Eve: A Health-Focused Approach to Promoting a Culture of Life, nurse and certified fertility educator Diane Daly introduces a new approach to transmit to young women the truth about their fertility and God’s plan.

6:08 In From Physicist to Formator: Fr. Timothy Walsh, LC, Becomes the New Rector at the Legionaries of Christ’s Novitiate and College of Humanities, we learn what the seminarians studying liberal arts and their new rector are all about.

10:43 Faith in the Time of COVID describes how the Regnum Christi sections in the Philippines and some of their initiatives have flourished in spite of, and sometimes because of, the trials of the past year.

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.