Regnum Christi

NATIONAL MEN'S CONVENTION

UNLEASHING THE RC APOSTLE

DRAW ALL YOUR STRENGTH FROM THE LORD (EPH 6:10)

JANUARY 26 -28, 2024

For all RC men with a call to lead! 

If you are a man – lay or Legionary –  in a leadership role in Regnum Christi or an RC apostolate, or you are a formator in your section,  the RC National Men’s Convention is for you! 

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

 

 

DRAW ALL YOUR STRENGTH FROM THE LORD

EPHESIANS 6:10

Are you ready to answer your call to lead? It’s time to ignite your spirit, activate the RC charism in the men you work with, and make a Christ-centered impact that resonates in culture for generations to come. 

 

Join other men from around the North American Territory  at the RC National Men’s Convention as together we step up, connect, and rejuvenate our evangelizing mission.

DRAW ALL YOUR STRENGTH
FROM THE LORD

EPHESIANS 6:10

WHAT IS THE CONVENTION ABOUT?

WHAT IS THE CONVENTION ABOUT?

Are you ready to answer your call to lead? It’s time to ignite your spirit, activate the RC charism in the men you work with, and make a Christ-centered impact that resonates in culture for generations to come. 

 

This convention is for all Legionaries and Lay RC Men who are in leadership in their localities and sections, especially section directors, chaplains, RC local directors, team leaders, spiritual guides, and any other men who lead in your locality. Join other men from around the North American Territory as together we step up, connect, and rejuvenate our evangelizing mission.

Living Our Charism and Leaving a Mark

We’re not just talking the talk; we’re walking the walk. Learn how to infuse your mission, daily life, work, and relationships with our charism, changing the world around you.

 

Maximizing Impact 

This is not just any convention. The RC National Men’s Convention is the first territorial gathering of men’s RC leaders in a long time, and we’re rekindling the fire within. Let’s position ourselves to create a massive impact for Christ and his Church. Together, we’ll make a plan to lead with purpose and make a real difference.

 

Drawing Strength from the Lord 

In a world that constantly challenges us, we recognize the need to rely on Christ as our rock. Join us as we draw our strength from the Lord to fortify our spiritual lives and live our mission.

 

Connecting for  Greater Effect

It’s time to reignite old connections and forge new ones. By connecting with fellow RC leaders who share your charism and call, you’ll find a community of support and action, multiplying the effect we can have on the world.

 

Activating Lives with the Charism 

Imagine the heart of an apostle, ignited with passion and purpose. Imagine your section and locality full of these apostles in action. Learn to respond to the charism within you and through it, to inspire others.

 

Strength Through Prayer and Fellowship 

Let’s come together drawing our strength from the Lord in prayer and supporting one another as brothers so we can emerge empowered by Christ and rejuvenated to face life’s challenges head-on.

 

Let’s Get Our (Christ-Centered) Swagger Back 

Rediscover that quiet confidence that comes from knowing Christ as the source of our mission and strength, and leading your brothers in arms. Let’s galvanize our friendships and join together in our commitment to move forward in the mission.

 

Don’t miss this chance to renew your spirit, embrace your calling, and lead with conviction.  United in Christ’s strength, we’ll rise, inspire, and leave an impact on the world we are called to evangelize!

 

SPEAKERS

Click on a speaker to read their bio.

Fr. Shawn Aaron, LC

Territorial Director of the
Legionaries of Christ

Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Member of the RC

Territorial Directive College

Peter Friessle

Founder and CEO of His Way At Work

Frank Hanna III

CEO of Hanna Capital

LOGISTICS

DATES: January 26 – 28, 2024

 

  • The Convention starts with mass at 6 pm on Friday
  • The Convention ends with mass on Sunday no later than noon

VENUE: Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Norwood, OH

 

COST: $145 for the convention program, materials, and all meals

 

LODGING: Overnight accomodations for out-of-town participants $50/night

 

  • Mass every day
  • Confession and Spiritual Direction available

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 

 

John Carter | [email protected] | 513-520-3653

*requesting that sections cover the costs for their chaplains to attend the RC National Men’s Convention

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Fr. Shawn Aaron, LC

Atlanta

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. 

Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Atlanta

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 RCSpirituality.org.


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






peter friessle

Peter Friessle

Founder and CEO, His Way at Work

Peter Freissle is the CEO of Polydeck, the leading provider of modular screening solutions for the aggregate, coal, and mining industries.

 

With approximately 400 employees in the US, Chile and Peru, Peter is laser focused on creating a culture of “Caring” founded on their Christian core values of “humility, kindness, honesty, integrity, respect, and social responsibility.”

 

Peter founded “ His Way at Work” (HWAW.com) a non-profit organization in 2008 with a mission to create eternal value in workplaces around the world by “Inspiring and empowering them to transform their cultures with God’s love” and helping them to understand the importance of being Stewards of the business and caring for people in a way that honors God thereby generating Eternal Return On Investment, “EROI.” HWAW has impacted over 200 companies in 9 countries.

 

He and his wife Lauren work as a team and travel extensively to support various ministries. In addition to the many cherished affiliations within the national and international workplace ministry movement, Peter has served for many years on multiple ministry boards and is a proud father of four wonderful children.

 

 

 

Frank Hanna III

CEO, Hanna Capital

Frank J. Hanna is CEO of Hanna Capital in Atlanta, Georgia. He invests as a merchant banker in technology and financial services, and has started and sold a number of businesses over the last twenty-five years. Prior to going into the investment business, he was a corporate attorney. He is featured in the PBS documentary, The Call of the Entrepreneur.

 

Mr. Hanna has been involved in education for the last 32 years. He has been instrumental in the foundation of eight Catholic educational institutions, including four schools in Atlanta.

 
He has been a frequent speaker to various groups and mass media regarding the ethics of business. He has often spoken on philanthropy, and has written a best-selling book entitled, What Your Money Means.

 

During the administration of George W. Bush, Mr. Hanna was appointed and served as the Chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. He currently serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, both within the Church, and in the secular world, including the Papal Foundation, EWTN, and the American Enterprise Institute.

 

Mr. Hanna is the founder of the Solidarity Association. Of most significance, the Solidarity Association serves as Trustee of the Mater Verbi/Hanna Papyrus Trust, which safeguards in the Vatican Apostolic Library the oldest copy of the Gospel of Luke (and the oldest copy of the Lord’s Prayer) in the world.

 

In recognition of his charitable efforts, Mr. Hanna has received the William B. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, and the David R. Jones Award for Philanthropic Leadership. He is also a Knight of Malta, of the Holy Sepulchre, and was named a Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory by Pope Benedict XVI.

 

 

 

Alex Kucera

Atlanta

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!