Regnum Christi

November 27, 2023

New Essay focuses on Formation of Lay Apostles

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For lay members of Regnum Christi, living the mission means making present the mystery of Christ, the Kingdom incarnate.  Their formation is deeply intertwined with this mission. This new essay from the General Directorate’s Area of Life and Mission is an effort to express the richness of the formative experience in Regnum Christi and the ever deeper and renewed understanding of our charism and spirituality as it is applied to the lay vocation in Regnum Christi. The essay, which contains formative guidelines, consists of 4 chapters:


  • Formation in Regnum Christi
  • Identity of the lay member of Regnum Christi
  • Formative principles
  • Means of formation

The essay was introduced in a letter from the General Directive College (below).  Click to here to read the essay. 






November 23, 2023

DG-FRC 00240-2023

Clas. I.6.10


To the members of Regnum Christi

Legionaries of Christ, Consecrated Women, Lay Consecrated Men and women, and lay members.


Dear members of Regnum Christi,


We send you affectionate greetings a few days before celebrating the Feast of Christ the King.

We would like to share a new essay called The Formation of the Apostle of the Kingdom: Formation Guidelines for Lay Members of Regnum Christi with you. It presents the most important elements of the formation of the lay members of Regnum Christi, based on the

Federation’s Statutes and the corresponding Rule of life for lay members.


This essay was written keeping in mind the historical formative experience in Regnum Christi, while at the same time enriching it with what has been learned along the path of the renewal of the charism. It is the result of a long process begun in 2020 by the General Directorate’s Area of Life and Mission.


Members of the different vocations in all territories have participated in its development and drafting through focus groups, surveys, and workshops.


As you will see, the text explains the formation of the lay member, offering guidelines and presenting some of the most relevant pedagogical principles. In addition, it points out the roles involved in the formation process and the different means we have at our disposal in Regnum Christi.


This document is not a formation program or checklist, and, for this reason, it does not present the stages of a formation journey, nor does it offer a list of formative content. It is intended to be a guideline for territorial, local, section, or even team programs, which should be developed in each place and in response to the different formative needs presented by the different realities found there.


The formation of the apostle of the Kingdom: Formation guidelines for lay members of Regnum Christi offers valuable insights about the formation that we are called to offer and to understand with increasing depth. We also encourage you to continue to promote all the different tools that help us to be configured to Christ, to contemplate the world through his eyes, and to live according to his Heart, thus making his Kingdom present.


May the celebration of Christ the King be a time of grace for each of you and an ever-deeper experience of the Lord.


With our prayers, as we entrust ourselves to yours,


The General Directive College of Regnum Christi


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November 27, 2023 – The Richest Gift






Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time


Luke 21:1-4


When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”


Introductory Prayer: Dear Jesus, I believe that you have blessed me with life and with a vibrant faith. Thank you. I dedicate this time and prayer to you. I love you, and I offer you all that I am and all that I have with the desire of becoming a joyful gift to you.


Petition: Lord, teach me to share joyfully all that I have received!


  1. Some Wealthy People: Jesus sat before the temple treasury. What did Jesus see as he looked on? He saw more than we do. He saw the heart. Wealth tends to captivate us with desire and enslave us with concerns and worries. Jesus saw many hearts squeeze out just a couple drops of their abundant security, a gesture that was neither painful nor difficult. The act of fulfilling, or thinking they were fulfilling a duty to God, caused them to glow with self-satisfaction. Some were even bloated with pride for having given so much, and yet their act was empty of real self-giving. They gave with routine indifference. Their giving lacked love. What does Jesus see in my daily or weekly gifts? Do I generously give God my all when I see him on the altar? Do I generously give him my all when I am on my knees in prayer? Do I give him my all on my feet at work?


  1. A Poor Widow: Only Jesus could have seen that this widow was now reduced to total dependence on family or friends. She gave more because she gave herself with a heart full of surrender. Is there anything we can give God that he has not already given us? We can give God our trustful surrender. The poor widow gave to God with trust since she knew that he would continue to care for her. She had no other real desire but to be with him and be enriched by him. Her giving was serene and resigned, not despairing, but rather full of hope. She had the hope of one who knows deep down how much God loves her. How much do I trust and depend on him, particularly when other securities begin to disappear?


  1. Offering My Whole Life: Jesus shows the great importance of how we give—not only of what we give. What we have—our possessions and those, which in some way we have made our own—are not for us. We have them so that we might give them, and we should give them back to God, for they are his. We give them as an expression of our love for God. I give my life when I work diligently, practice charity, pray, or sacrifice for love of Christ. All these acts of love, if not made explicit before, are made into an intentional gift to Jesus, when I mentally place them upon the paten along with the hosts to be consecrated during the Offertory at Mass. Do I give him my whole life?


Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, awaken me to all you are for me, and let me realize all that you have given me. May I never cease to thank you through my own self-giving. You are my living and constant invitation to be more generous, to give more often and with more love. Open my heart, Lord, to your work!


Resolution: In prayer, I will make a list of all that I can do for Jesus this week and offer this to him. Then, on Sunday during the Offertory, I will mentally place before him on the paten all the sacrifices I have made during the week—my real gift to him, given with faith and love.

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The Formation of the Apostle of the Kingdom

Formative Guidelines for the Lay Members of Regnum Christi
For lay members of Regnum Christi, living the mission means making present the mystery of Christ, the Kingdom incarnate.  Their formation is deeply intertwined with this mission. This new essay from the General Directorate's Area of Life and Mission is an effort to express the richness of the formative experience in Regnum Christi and the ever deeper and renewed understanding of our charism and spirituality as it is applied to the lay vocation in Regnum Christi.

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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!