Regnum Christi


Regnum Christi is directed by a collegial government through the Territorial Directive College.



Territorial Directive College

On September 15, 2019, the Statutes of the Regnum Christi Federation, the General Regulations, and the Rule of Life for lay members came into effect after being approved by the Holy See. They establish a collegial government for Regnum Christi through a Directive College made up of the directors of the Legionaries of Christ, the Consecrated Women, and the Lay Consecrated of Regnum Christi, as well as a number of lay members.

The Regnum Christi Territorial Directive College for the North American Territory is made up of:

Fr. Shawn Aaron

Territorial Director of the
Legionaries of Christ

Fr. John Bartunek

Territorial Vicar of the
Legionaries of Christ

Charles Bradley

Lay Member of
Regnum Christi

Maria Gaviria

Lay Member of

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Kathleen Murphy

Territorial Director of the
Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi

Helen Yalbir

Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi

Territorial Plenary Council

The Territorial Directive College is assisted in the exercise of its authority on certain matters by the Territorial Plenary Council. Its collaboration expresses the spirit of communion that characterizes Regnum Christi. In the North American Territory it is made up of:


    • The territorial councilors and secretaries of the Legionaries of Christ, the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, and the Lay Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi
    • Two additional lay members appointed by the Territorial Directive College 
    • The Mission Support Team

Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in the Territorial Plenary Council

Naoise Johnston

Katie Tuttle

Michelle Reiff

Legionaries of Christ in the Territorial Plenary Council

Fr. Steven Reilly

Fr. Bruce Wren

Fr. Juan Pablo Duran

Fr. Nikola Derpich

Lay Consecrated Men in the Territorial Plenary Council

Tony Macdonnell

Lay Members in the Territorial Plenary Council

Hope Hirschorn

Horacio Gomez

Mission Support Team 

The Mission Support Team is the work team responsible for implementing the strategies and plans of the Territorial Directive College. The Mission Support Team is committed to working closely with localities and apostolates to provide the guidance, service, and support most needed to move the mission of Regnum Christi forward. The Mission Support Team is comprised of the directors of each of the six territorial departments and led by the Delegate of the Territorial Directive College.

Fr. Aaron Smith, LC

Territorial Directive College Delegate

Mélanie Pilon

TDC Delegate Assistant

Todd Brechbill


Yvonne Nuxoll

RC Director Support

Donna Garrett

RC Life

Fr. Ben O’Loughlin, LC

RC Young Adult Life

Fr. Patrick O’Loughlin, LC


Kerrie Rivard

Marketing & Communications

Maria Knuth

Project Manager

Regnum Christi Local Directors

In localities, Regnum Christi is directed by a local director with their council, or by a college.


The Local Director or Local Directive College directs the activity of Regnum Christi in the locality, accompanies the life and mission of the sections, engages with community superiors and directors, section directors, institutions, and apostolic programs in the preparation and execution of the evangelization plan for the locality. 


(art. 39-44 Regulations of the Regnum Christi Federation)


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Fr. Shawn Aaron, LC


Fr. Shawn Aaron was born in Ridgecrest, CA on January 25, 1968. He is the oldest of four children, with three younger sisters. On April 29, 1978, his family entered the Catholic Church. They later relocated to Modesto, CA, where he attended Central Catholic High School, lettering in several sports: football, basketball, baseball, and track.


After completing high-school Fr. Shawn attended Modesto Junior College where he studied liberal arts and ran track. In 1989-90 he served as a team leader for the National Evangelization Teams (NET) and traveled throughout the United States providing retreats for students. After NET he began working with St. Paul’s Outreach (SPO), in St. Paul, Minnesota, their mission is to build transformational communities that form missionary disciples for life.


In 1991, he joined the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut. He studied at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy receiving degrees in philosophy (1996) and theology (2002). On Christmas Eve, 2002, Father Shawn was ordained to the priesthood at Colegio Internacional Legionarios de Cristo in Rome, Italy.


After ordinations, he served as development director for the Legionaries of Christ for several years, and from 2007-2009 also served as retreat director for Our Lady of Santa Clara retreat center in Cupertino, CA.


From 2009 through 2010, he was appointed as President of Southern Catholic College, in Dawsonville, GA. From 2010 – 2017 he was the National Chaplain of The Lumen Institute based in Manhattan. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Divine Mercy University and the Lumen Institute.

He was appointed as the North American Territorial Vicar General for the Legionaries of Christ in 2017, a role he held until being named as the North American Territorial Director on March 30, 2020 (effective April 1, 2020). He was appointed to a second three-year term on March 21, 2023. His second term began on July 1, 2023. 

Regnum Christi General Convention Legionaries of Christ

Fr. John Bartunek, LC


Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991.

After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He has taught moral theology at various ecclesiastical institutions at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, Inside the Passion, the only authorized, behind-the-scenes explanation of the film.

Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican¹s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. He is an accomplished author with many books. His most widely known books are “The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer” and “60 Days to Becoming a Missionary Disciple“.

He has also written three Regnum Christi Essays: “Sharpening Your Tongue: An RC Essay on Charity in Our Words”, “What Is Regnum Christi? An RC Essay the Statutes of the Regnum Christi Federation and the Rule of Life for Lay Members”, and “Our Formation Pathway: An RC Essay on Integral Formation and the Journey to Christian Maturity.” His series of Do-It-Yourself online Catholic Retreat Guides are available in multiple formats at

Fr. John currently resides in Atlanta, where he is serving as Territorial Vicar for the Legionaries of Christ.

Charlie Bradley


Primary Vocation: Husband to Mimi, married 28 years


Family: Five Children – Alec (27), Lilly (25), Hannah (25), Tommy (23), Liam (13)


Regnum Christi:  Incorporated to Regnum Christi in 2000;


Lay member of Territorial Directive College; Chair, Camp River Ridge Board; Greater Cincinnati Men’s Section Director


Community: St Pius X parishioner, lector, past member of board of Catholic education, youth sports coach, past chair of Catholic Charities, chair of board of executive advisors, Xavier University College of Business


Professionally: started career as CPA at Deloitte, leader at Third Bank for last 25+ years currently serving as Director of Enterprise Transformation

Maria Gaviria

Sarasota, FL

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Maria immigrated to the United States when she was six months old. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology. 

A 30-year career at Procter and Gamble formed her business acumen in technology, marketing, and human resources. Maria’s leadership roles with billion-dollar brands, global organizations, diverse cultural initiatives and founding Procter and Gamble’s Global Catholic Network shaped her entrepreneurial spirit.

After retiring from Procter and Gamble, Maria founded Aspen & Oliva – a personal branding and professional development agency that helps women discover and blossom into who God created them to be as they navigate the business world. Most recently, Maria launched Catholic Daughter – a ministry helping and accompanying Catholic daughters navigate the journey of caring for elderly parents.

Since incorporating into Regnum Christi in 2007, Maria has led 3 International World Youth Day missions, established Holy Week Mercy missions in Greater Cincinnati, was a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at Anahuac University (Puebla, Mexico), served as a RC council member for the Greater Cincinnati locality, hosted young professionals for monthly encounters, and has volunteered in many other RC programs.

Her most rewarding vocation is motherhood. Natasha and Philip were active participants in many RC programs, including Challenge, Conquest, ECYD Mission Corps, Mission Youth and RC Mission Corps. 

Awards such as “Coach of the Year” at Procter and Gamble and “Champion of Mercy” from Catholic Charities reflect the integral purpose of her life: serving others. 

Recently, Maria relocated back to Florida, now calling Sarasota home. When discerning how best she could serve Regnum Christi from this corner of the world – many ideas came to mind. Yet, God had a different plan. On May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, she received a call asking if she would serve in the North America Territorial Directive College. Living out her favorite bible verse, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19), with a humbled heart, she said: Yes.

Kathleen Murphy


Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Kathleen Murphy is the second oldest of ten children and has been consecrated for twenty-nine years. Kathleen completed her formation in Rhode Island, lived her apostolic internship for three years in California, travelling the west coast of the US and Canada, giving retreats and accompanying young women who were discerning their vocation. She spent eleven years in Atlanta, GA serving at Pinecrest Academy as a formation instructor and mentoring high school girls.

Kathleen then served the Cincinnati locality from 2012-2015 as the director of the community of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi and as a spiritual director for the women’s section and for young professionals. During this time, she also provided various formation courses for the young consecrated women who had made their temporary vows. She spent a year in Spain 2015-16 to help with the transition and accompaniment of the Consecrated Women in the studies stage of their formation. During that same year, she served on the international spiritual life commission for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi. She returned to the states in 2016 to serve for a second term as the director of the Cincinnati community.

Kathleen has served as a member of the Territorial Council for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi since 2018. In 2019 she was the director of the community in Chicago and in 2020 she was asked to serve as the Territorial Director. She has been residing in Atlanta since 2020.

Kathleen has a Bachelors in Education and Development from the Anahuac University and is currently finishing a Masters in Spiritual Accompaniment and Vocational Discernment from the University of Comillas in Spain.




Helen Yalbir


Helen Yalbir is originally from Saskatoon, Canada. She completed her BA in English Literature at the University of Saskatchewan. From 2005-06, she was a Regnum Christi missionary in Calgary, Canada, and in 2006 was consecrated to Christ within Regnum Christi in Rhode Island, USA. She completed her BA in Religious and Pastoral Studies, Magna Cum Laude, at Mater Ecclesiae College in RI. She recently received her certification in Catholic Youth Ministry through Franciscan University. From 2013 to 2021 she served in Washington, DC, accompanying and forming youth and young women. This year she completed the Divine Mercy University Spiritual Direction Certification course. Helen is currently serving young adults in Dallas, Texas, and supporting the national work of Regnum Christi with young adults. On April 3, 2023, she was appointed as a new territorial council member for the consecrated women in North America to assist Kathleen Murphy in her governance and decision making


Naoise Johnston

Washington DC

Naoise Johnston was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. With a degree in Philosophy and English from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Information Studies from the University of Toronto, she worked in a variety of capacities in Canada, the United States, and Ireland before entering consecrated life in Regnum Christi in 2002, in Dublin, Ireland. After completing her religious formation in Rhode Island, she served there in Mater Ecclesiae College until 2015 as accreditation liaison, professor, librarian, and community director. Since 2015 she has served as a territorial councilor for the Consecrated Women in North America, living in Atlanta as director of the territorial community (2015-2018), in Washington DC (2018-2021) doing pastoral ministry, and Cincinnati (2021-2023). As council member she consequently sat on North America’s Regnum Christi Territorial Committee (2015-2019) and Territorial Directive College (2022-2023). Naoise is serving full-time as Territorial Vicar and Safe Environment Coordinator for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, dedicating much of her time to supporting their ongoing formation and mission assignment projection.

Katie Tuttle


Katie Tuttle was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She met the Consecrated Women on a Regnum Christi mission trip to Mexico during Holy Week during her senior year of high school. She interrupted her undergraduate studies at the University of Dayton to discern her vocation. She was consecrated in 2003 and finished her formation in Greenville, Rhode Island, completing her Bachelors in Education and Development, and as Masters in Religious Sciences. She worked as an assistant secretary in the office of the territorial director. She served as a mentor and formator for the young women in the Immaculate Conception Program in Michigan, then moved to Houston in 2016 to work in young adult ministry. Currently, she lives in Houston and is serving as the community director of the Consecrated Women. In June, she began serving as a territorial council member.


Michelle Reiff

Michelle Reiff has been a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi for over 20 years. She currently serves as a member of the national council for the consecrated women and the Regnum Christi Territorial Committee and director of the Queen of the Family Retreat Center. She has been a member of the Everest Board of Directors since 2014.


Michelle Reiff grew up in Carroll, Iowa. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of South Dakota where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology.  Michelle then worked in Omaha, Nebraska for ten years in hospital laboratories and an oncology practice before consecrating her life to God in the Regnum Christi Movement in August, 1996.  She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Catholic School Administration from the University of Dallas, and has a License in Religious Studies from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

Michelle’s past assignments have included being director of the 3000-student Cumbres Girls’ School in Santiago, Chile for over three years and then serving in various roles for ten years at the Highlands School in Dallas, including principal, formation director, and a member of the board of trustees. She now serves as secretary for the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in the North American Territory.


Fr. Stephen Reilly, LC

New York

Fr. Steven Reilly  joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1982, and he was ordained in 1994, in Mexico City. He studied philosophy in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and theology at the Legion’s own Pontifical University, Regina Apostolorum, also in Rome.


He has served in the Legionaries of Christ General Directorate and also held positions such as vocation director and apostolate coordinator in the Legionaries of Christ North American Territorial Directorate. From 1996 – 2003 he was the superior of the Legionaries of Christ in Dallas, Texas, and director of formation at The Highlands School. In 2003 he was assigned to the Legionaries of Christ’s center in Potomac, Maryland and served as vice-rector. Among the apostolic positions he held were chaplain of Woodmont Academy, the executive director of the Center for Family Development in Crownsville, Maryland, and director of Regnum Christi in Baltimore.

He was the Legionaries of Christ safe environment coordinator from 2008 until 2019 and directed the Legionaries of Christ safe environment accreditation from Praesidium, Inc., which was awarded in 2010 and reissued in 2014. He returned to school in 2011 and received a master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University in 2013. Also, in that year he was named superior of the Legionaries of Christ community in New York and served in that capacity until recently. Since 2015, he has been the spiritual advisor to the Clergy Consultation and Treatment Service at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, New York. On March 30, 2020, he was named to the North American Territorial Council for the Legionaries of Christ and re-appointed for a second term of three years on March 21, 2023. His second term begins on July 1, 2023.


His younger brother is also a priest with the Legionaries of Christ, Father Scott Reilly, LC, who is currently assigned at the Legionaries of Christ center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Fr. Bruce Wren, LC


Fr. Bruce Wren was born on January 8, 1962 in the small town of Cottonwood, Idaho. After finishing high school as salutatorian of his class in 1980, he attended St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., where he received a Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts in 1984.  He received his priestly vocation at the age of 23, and joined the Legion of Christ at the insistence of a good friend Jesuit priest.  He began his novitiate in the fall of 1985 in Cheshire, CT, and in the years that followed received degrees in classical humanities, philosophy, and theology in Salamanca, Spain and Rome, Italy.  He was ordained on January 3 1996 by the Archbishop of Hartford, Daniel Cronin, and began his priestly ministry as Instructor of Novices in our French-speaking novitiate in Cornwall, Canada, on the border between Ontario and Quebec.  

In 1999 he was transferred to the “École Apostolique de l’Immaculée Conception” in France, where he practiced his priestly ministry as Rector of the School and Superior of Community until 2014.  He received a new assignment to Chicago, where he was serving as the local superior of his community, as well as the chaplain of the Chicago Chapter of the Lumen Institute, chaplain to the Chicago Regnum Christi Men’s section, chaplain to the Catholic Professionals of Illinois, and spiritual director for many religious and lay people.  He also helped regularly at several parishes in the Chicago Diocese, and devoted regular time to the feminine congregations of the Missionaries of Charity, the Poor Clares, and the Rosary Hill Dominican Sisters. In August of 2022, Fr. Bruce was named local superior of the community of Spalding in Atlanta, and as chaplain to the section of Regnum Christi men in Atlanta. 

Fr. Juan Pablo Durán, LC


Fr Juan Pablo Durán was born in Tucson, Arizona to Colombian parents and moved to Atlanta when he was 4. Thanks to his father’s work with Coca Cola, he lived in Hong Kong and Tokyo from fourth to ninth grade. He graduated from the Atlanta International School and joined the Legionaries of Christ college seminary in Connecticut in 1998.

His pastoral formation included serving as a seminary formator and professor in both Spain and Italy, leading youth groups in the US and Spain, and preaching missions in Colombia, Mexico and Fiji. He was ordained a priest on December 12, 2011, and spent four years as Vice Rector of Legion of Christ College Seminary in Connecticut.

From 2015-2019, he served as chaplain and spiritual director for Regnum Christi and President of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Having moved to Atlanta in 2019, he has been chaplain for Regnum Christi young men, director of a Pre-Cana program called Three To Get Married, and served on the Board of Pinecrest until 2022. Starting in summer of 2022, he has been chaplain at Holy Spirit Preparatory School and, since June 2023, Territorial Councilor for the Legionaries of Christ.

Fr. Nikola Derpich, LC


Fr. Nikola Derpich, LC, was born on August 31st, 1967 in Watsonville, California to a Croatian American family. He attended Moreland Notre Dame SchoolWatsonville High School, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. After graduating from UCSC with a double major and working in the computer industry for seven and a half years he had one of those office moments where he asked himself, “is this the rest of my life?”

A priestly vocation had floated amid the flotsam of many career possibilities throughout his life, but now it seemed God was calling Fr. Nikola to follow him by becoming a Roman Catholic priest. On September 8th, 1996, the Feast of the Birth of Mary, he accepted God’s invitation to study for the priesthood and on May 30th, 1997 he arrived in Cheshire, Connecticut to enter the Legionaries of Christ and begin studying for the priesthood.


On September 4th, 1999, Fr. Nikola professed his first temporal vows as a Legionary of Christ and was sent to Rome for the first time to study for a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. From 2001-2003 he lived in Atlanta, GA in a Legionary community and helped with youth work throughout the southeast, mainly in Louisiana and Florida. He returned to Rome in 2003 and started a Bachelor’s degree in Theology in the Athenaeum. On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi in 2005 he made his perpetual profession of vows and on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2006 Fr. Nikola was ordained a priest in Rome and continued his theology studies, doing a Licentiate from 2006-2008 and then starting a doctorate in 2008, which was completed on March 26th, 2015. He taught theology at the university level from 2009-2021 in New York, Rhode Island, and Rome. From 2017-2020 he helped part-time as an Associate Pastor at St. Brendan the Navigator church in Cumming, GA.


Currently, Fr. Nikola lives and works in Durham and Raleigh, NC, where, in addition to helping at local parishes, he serves the Legionaries of the territory as Territorial Prefect of Studies and works on projects for RC Spirituality Center as well as other writing and academic projects.








Tony MacDonnell

Washington DC

Tony MacDonnell is from Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the fourth of eight children.

Tony works at Divine Mercy University in Sterling Virginia, near Washington, DC. He’s currently the Director of Campus Ministry. Tony also teaches Theology of The Body at Paul VI Catholic high school in Chantilly and holds a variety of responsibilities within the Regnum Christi Movement. He is also the director of the consecrated men’s community based in Chantilly.

Tony has been a Lay Consecrated man in the Regnum Christi Movement since 1997. What Does that mean? He has taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and lives in community with other Lay Consecrated men. He hold’s a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with concentrations in human anatomy, physiology and neuropsychology.

Before joining DMU in 2020, Tony spent 10 years in the Archdiocese of New York working primarily in three parishes as the Director of Religious Education. His work included overseeing the sacramental preparation of children, adult faith formation, spiritual direction and forming/facilitating small groups/retreats for young professionals.

Previous to Tony’s work in New York he was the first Assistant Director for Mission Youth which was founded in Bethesda, MD in 1995. It was based out of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center. Mission Youth is a Regnum Christi ministry that forms high school and college students in a variety of ways; so that they are equipped to share the Gospel. Mission Youth evangelization efforts have been carried out all over the country and internationally, primarily in collaboration with Parishes. He also worked from 1995 -2010 in a variety of Regnum Christi ministries in both Maryland and Virginia.

Before being Consecrated Tony spent 7 years in a medical clinic assisting people with a variety of foot, leg and low back problems. During this time, Tony founded Veritas Books and Gifts, a Catholic Resource center in Halifax, Nova Scotia which came into existence in order to share the Good News of Christianity with parishes and the local community.

Tony is motivated to help people to both encounter and grow in their relationship with God, including assisting people in the discernment and stewardship of their specific gifts, talents and passions. He loves to pursue initiatives that will help individual Christians and parishes to think through and concretely live out what is being asked of them and the Catholic Church in the 21st century.

When not working, praying, eating or sleeping Tony is running or biking and has completed 17 marathons, mentored other runners and competed in many other running race distances over the last 13 years.

Hope Hirschorn

New York Tri-State

Hope Hirshorn has recently joined the Territorial Plenary Council and has completed her term as the RC Director for the NY Tri-State. She has an M.A., M.Phil and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Fordham, a M.P.A. and an A.P.C. in Finance from NYU and a certificate in Marian Studies from her time in London.  Hope is the Director of RCIA for her parish and this fall will begin teaching theology at Sacred Heart Greenwich. Hope and her husband have six children and reside in West Harrison, NY.

Regnum Christi General Convention Lay Member

Horacio Gomez


Horacio Gomez was born and raised in Guadalajara Mexico, where he attended a RC School and joined ECYD. He incorporated into Regnum Christi in 1996 and gave one year of service as a coworker (RC mission corp) in Madrid, Spain. In 2003 he moved to San Diego CA  to study for a master’s degree and in 2007 to Dallas, working professionally for Flextronics and Amazon. Due to work assignments, he lived for periods over six months in Hungary, China, Malaysia, and Brazil, experiencing the RC charism in different cultures. He is married to Luisa and is blessed with four young children, one of them already attending the Highlands School.  As an RC member, he cofounded the first “ECYD Clubs” in Guadalajara, Mexico (Club Forja and Club Sherpa) and has been a team leader, section director, and RC director (Dallas).  He is currently part of the Plenary Council of the North America Territory, supporting initiatives like the Leadership Evangelization Plan Guideline/process as well as some localities in the discernment of their plans. Over the last 10 years, he has been in charge of different apostolates (Marian Minute, Marian Steps) through the Marian Center of Dallas.

Todd Brechbill


Todd Brechbill served in the Army National Guard 1988-1994 in Tactical Operations, and has a background in technology communications, management, and global supply chain logistics.  A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Todd has been married for 30 years and has 10 children. He began work full time for Regnum Christi in 2004 and was involved with the launch of Mission Network in November 2006 as the National Director of Conquest.  He relocated his family to Gainesville, GA, in 2007, and in 2011 directed operations for Mission Network Programs and RC Activities, Inc. He was assigned as the Territorial Administrator for the Regnum Christi Federation in 2019 and continues in his role to support the territory and localities in their administrative needs.

Yvonne Nuxoll


Yvonne Nuxoll grew up on her family’s farm/ranch in Cottonwood, Idaho, the second of six kids. Life on the farm was very special, a wonderful place to grow up! She learned to know and appreciate God in nature and in the simple faith of the people around her. Music became a passion for her, along with training and riding horses during her years at home.

In 1995, Yvonne responded to Christ’s call and was consecrated in Regnum Christi, putting her life at the service of the Church so as to bring more and more people to know the personal love of Jesus Christ. She obtained a bachelors degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies from Anahuac University, and a certificate in spiritual direction at Divine Mercy University. She has served 1 year in Mexico at the center of formation, 2 years in Venezuela as the vice principal of the Institute Andes school directed by Consecrated Women there, and in the United States helping with formation for the Consecrated Women in discernment, youth ministry,  spiritual direction for adults and young adults, and accompanying and coaching Regnum Christi directors.

Yvonne currently serves as director for the community of Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi in Cincinnati, as the Director of Regnum Christi Director support for the North American Territory, and as a spiritual director.





Regnum Christi General Convention Lay Member

Donna Garrett

Heartland - Omaha

I am Donna Garrett. I live in Omaha NE. I have been a Regnum Christi Member for 23 years. I currently serve as the Director of the RC Life Department for the Territory of North America. My role is to develop resources for all Regnum Christi members and our leaders in the territory.


I am a local RC team leader and a spiritual director. I am on the Archbishop’s Committee for Development and sit on the board of the Catholic Worldview Fellowship. I have served as RCD, Section Director and led local Mission Youth Missions and ECYD/Challenge. I been blessed to work on the Regnum Christi Identity project’s international team and have been deeply invested in the renewal process. I have been married to Jeff for 35 years and we have four grown children and five grandchildren.

Fr. Ben O'Loughlin, LC


Born in Syracuse, NY in 1984, Fr. Ben joined ECYD in 1995 and Sacred Heart Apostolic School in 1997. He entered the novitiate in 2001, and his formation years took him to Germany, Spain and Italy. After his priestly ordination in 2014, he worked in the following missions: Formation Director of the Everest International Program in Clarkston, MI (2014-2015), Detroit ECYD Director (2015-2018), Poniente-Mexico City Young Men’s Section Chaplain (2018-2019), Dallas Young Men’s Section Chaplain (2019-2021), Dallas Young Men’s Section Director (2021-2023). Fr. Ben is the current director of the territorial RC Young Adult Life Department and member of the Mission Support Team.

Fr. Patrick O'Loughlin, LC


Fr Patrick is the third of six children from Syracuse, New York. In 2001 he entered Immaculate Conception Apostolic School, and after five years graduated and joined the Legion of Christ Novitiate in Cheshire, Connecticut. He received an associate degree in the liberal arts and a bachelor degree in Philosophy at the Legion’s university in Thornwood, NY, where he was assigned as secretary to the Territorial Director of the Legionaries of Christ in North America. He continued on to serve in the Legion’s Ecclesial Relations Department in New York and San Jose, where he also assisted the ECYD sections. Before transferring to Rome for his theology studies, he served as a dean of students for one year at Sacred Heart Apostolic School in Rolling Prairie, Indiana. He made his final vows in Rome on August 20, 2016, and was ordained to the diaconate together with his father in Syracuse on May 19, 2018. He was subsequently assigned as ECYD Boys Director in Atlanta that same summer, as he prepared for his priestly ordination in Rome on May 4, 2019. In Atlanta, he currently serves as director of the national ECYD Life Department, assistant chaplain at Pinecrest Academy, and local director of RC Mission Corps.

Regnum Christi General Convention Lay Member

Kerrie Rivard


Kerrie Rivard was born and raised in Regina, Canada, and now lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She and her husband Paul have six kids who are growing up way too fast, and two crazy dogs to add to the fun.  Kerrie and Paul became members of Regnum Christi in 1999. Kerrie is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Regnum Christi in the North American Territory.  For the past ten years she has been involved with the renewal of Regnum Christi at the international level, and is a member of the General Plenary Council.   

Her missionary passions include communication as evangelization, accompanying people as they discover and live in the love of Christ, volunteering at Pinecrest Academy, and regularly stocking the house with snacks for the random number of teenagers who habitually show up in her kitchen. She deeply values  learning from the wisdom of people she meets on family missions to the homeless in downtown Atlanta.

If she had all the time in the world she would spend more of it  in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, traveling, reading classic literature, and practicing Spanish.

Regnum Christi General Convention Consecrated Women

Maria Knuth

New Orleans

Maria Knuth is one of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi since the year 2000.  She is originally from Minnesota and currently resides in the community of Consecrated Women in New Orleans.  Most of her pastoral work has been in the territory of North America supporting Regnum Christi and ECYD sections and working in RC schools.  She currently serves as the assistant to the delegate of the Territorial Directive College and as a formator for the Regnum Christi women, young adult and ECYD girls’ sections in New Orleans and North Shore, Louisiana.

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!