Regnum Christi

September 8, 2023

“This is my best adventure!” Luly Fernandez celebrates 30 years of consecrated life

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Luly Fernández grew up in a large and loving Catholic family with four sisters and two brothers. When Luly was 12 years old, one of her older sisters became a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, but it wasn’t until she attended a retreat when she was 18 years old that Luly began to feel her own call to a deeper and more intimate friendship with Christ. At the time, however, Luly had a boyfriend, whom she continued to date for nearly five and a half years, and even made plans to marry in the summer. Luly ended up pursuing a BA in Business Administration from the Institute of Technology of Higher Studies in Monterrey, and then worked for a year in the personnel department of a stock company, but even here, through her service of others, Christ continued to call her to something more.


But one day while in church, while she was looking at her boyfriend and looking at the tabernacle, Luly suddenly knew that Christ was asking her to discern her vocation in an even deeper way. Shortly afterward, Luly broke up with her boyfriend and began a more intense discernment process. Throughout this time, Luly continued to feel signs of Christ’s presence in her life and her call to consecrated life, and finally, on the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th, 1993, Luly began the adventure of her life as a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi.



When Luly chose to answer the call to consecrated life, she knew there would be two things that would be especially difficult for her to let go. The first was her beautiful family in Mexico – since consecrated women make a promise of availability, promising always to go where God needs them most, Luly knew this would mean leaving her family behind to follow Christ. The second was the possibility of becoming a mother and having a family herself. “I knew how hard it would be to leave the possible family I could have built with my boyfriend, so I told Jesus, ‘you’re going to have to make yourself really present in my life!’”



And although Christ continued to make himself truly present and very real to Luly throughout the first years of her consecrated life, she still struggled to offer up the sacrifice of physical motherhood, particularly when she was around little babies. One day, in her suffering, Luly decided to make Jesus a deal. “I just told him, ‘Look, Jesus, it’s always such a blessing to see a baby because I know they’re a gift to the world, but it’s hard to offer that up for you, so every time I see a baby, I’m going to ask for something – I’m going to ask you to empty purgatory.’ And so, throughout her entire life as a consecrated woman, Luly has continued to ask Christ for this favor every time she sees a baby. “I know it’s a huge favor that I’m asking, but I know he can do it, unite my little sacrifice to his huge sacrifice on the cross, and I believe he has done that, and this has helped me so much in perseverance in my vocation.”



And on August 15th of this year, the Feast of the Assumption and the date of Luly’s 30th anniversary of consecrated life, she received a special grace as an anniversary gift from Christ. After receiving communion, Luly knelt in her pew to pray with her eyes closed. For a brief moment, she Luly opened her eyes, and just as she did, a woman walked by with a beautiful newborn baby asleep on her chest. “Here we go again with this sacrifice,” Luly thought to herself but all at once she knew that Jesus had wanted her to experience that suffering, and to offer it up. “I felt Jesus saying, ‘I wanted you to see the baby, because I wanted you to ask me to empty purgatory.’ He wanted to fulfill the promises he made me. Those words spoken during that Mass, “Blessed is she who believed that the promises of the Lord would be fulfilled,” have accompanied me throughout my whole jubilee year leading up to my 30th anniversary, and they were spoken to me then in that moment, and that was a huge grace that I received on the day of my anniversary.”



Over her 30 years of consecrated life, Luly has served in a large variety of apostolates in several different fields. Luly has obtained a Masters in Guidance and Counseling and a Doctorate in Education, and she continues to receive certificate training in a variety of areas that help her in her pastoral work, like management, leadership, and education. After becoming consecrated, Luly was involved in the Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island, where she later became director and president, and then in 2011, Luly served as Territorial Director for New York for one year, before heading to Rome to serve as General Counselor until 2014. She then became Vice Director of Le Chatelard Academy, an international boarding school in Switzerland until 2021.



Currently, Luly is serving in Washington, DC where her pastoral work with women and families consists of offering talks and retreats at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and local parishes, leading pilgrimages, and facilitating gatherings for couples where they can reflect on the sacrament of marriage and nourish their relationships. Luly also serves as a board member at Divine Mercy University.



One of Luly’s favorite roles is her work in women’s ministry, where she has the opportunity to accompany, guide, and learn from, the women she serves. One of the women that Luly accompanies spiritually is Pilar Dickens, who calls spiritual coaching one of the best things that has ever happened to her:

“Luly provides a space for reflection that gives me time to think about not only what I need to change, but also what I’m proud of, what I can keep working on, and what I’m grateful for, and I always leave feeling so supported, with clear, positive goals. I’ve been so lucky to have someone like Luly who is there for me, sees me as I am, and hears me without judging, and it’s so easy to connect with her because her heart is always open. She is such a great example – so loving and full of joy, so humble and wise at the same time. Her spirituality, kindness, empathy, and ability to give great advice or share useful tools have made a big difference in my life and my relationship with God, and I feel so blessed and grateful to be able to count on her.”



And how will Luly be celebrating her 30th anniversary? “The best way to celebrate my anniversary is with a Eucharistic celebration – the Mass, there couldn’t be a better gift than that!” In fact, Luly’s celebrations include two Masses: the first one was celebrated on August 30th in Mexico with family, friends, Regnum Christi members, and three fellow consecrated women from Monterrey, and the second will be held in Maryland on September 10th.



But Luly takes no personal credit for her perseverance and fidelity throughout the 30 years of consecrated life – she owes everything to God. “The biggest lesson that I’ve learned in my consecrated life so far has been Jesus’ mercy – I am so little, but our Lord is great and merciful. Even my fidelity is thanks to his fidelity and mercy,” says Luly. “When I used to tell my vocation story, I would say ‘In the end, Jesus won!’ But now I realize that the one who won was me – in choosing Jesus, I won so much more, and it took me 30 years to realize that!”

September 8, 2023 – Who Am I That My Lord Should Come to Me?






Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23


The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king. David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile. After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means “God is with us.”


Introductory Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the gift of faith. I believe only because so many others believed before me—and often at what great price! As I begin this prayer, I review my genealogy of faith remembering all those who have passed on the faith to me. I strive to be a link in the faith chain for many other souls.


Petition: Dear Jesus, help me to be humble like the Blessed Virgin Mary.


  1. God Is With Us: Today’s Gospel narrates for us the great mystery of the Incarnation. Why would God choose to become one of us? In his lineage appear the good and the bad, the faithful and the weak, the useful and the useless. Why does God choose to take what is faulty, inferior, and make it his own? Why does he purify, restore, elevate, and cure what we are and what we offer him? Why? Why does he take upon himself my lineage, my personal history—both the good and the bad—and shape it into salvation history, for myself and for others? Why does he continue to do this? When will it be enough? God has said and will always be able to say, “What more could I have done for my people?”


  1. Blessed Are You and Blessed Is the Fruit of Your Womb: Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary, were in a marriage apparently “going nowhere”: It was sterile. Tradition has it that Joachim was scorned by a bystander when presenting his offerings, because God had left him without offspring. Feeling deeply offended and downhearted, he followed his flocks of sheep into the wilderness and didn’t return to his wife for a long time. In the desert, he supposedly was informed by a supernatural appearance that a child would be born to him. When Joachim returned to his wife in Bethesda, inspired with new hope, she became pregnant and gave birth to Mary, who was born without sin. God takes what is useless and creates his masterpiece, the Immaculate Conception. Indeed, he raises up the lowly. What plans does he have for my life? Where do I fit into salvation history?


  1. Let It Be Done According to Your Word: Having been told by her parents of the special circumstances of her birth, Mary grew of age “keeping all these things in her heart” (cf. Lk 2:51). It is understandable that the pious girl Mary wanted to devote herself entirely to God, and perhaps, in her early years, took a vow of continence. Her simple and total dedication to God indeed made her his “highly favored daughter.” But God had other plans for her: He would ask her to bear his Son. Once again, God takes what is freely offered him and molds it into what he desires. He takes what is good and beautiful and makes it exceedingly so for the salvation of many. God humbly inserts himself into my boring and defective human lineage.


Conversation with Christ: Lord, help me to remember today all the good things you have given me and my family. Let me see your work and your providence. I know that you come to my aid in hundreds of different ways. Help me to become more like Mary, and to ponder over all these things in my heart.


Resolution: I will look at my vocation with faith and new hope, confident that God is comfortable in inserting himself in the most common of circumstances. I will try to see his hand in at least one event of my day today.

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Alex Kucera


Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!