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!

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

Odd Coincidences

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

Cheshtrek 2021

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.