Regnum Christi

GENERAL Convention

Rome, Italy | April 29 - May 4, 2024

Discerning & Living the Mission Together

As the Father has sent me, so I send you. (John 20:21)


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Regnum Christi General Convention Rome Italy


Regnum Christi General Convention Rome Italy

"TO BE DEEPLY UNITED WITH CHRIST" Cardinal Ghirlanda to the Delegates
Regnum Christi General Convention Rome Italy

Regnum Christi General Convention Rome Italy

Regnum Christi General Convention Rome Italy


The General Convention brought together 120 members of Regnum Christi – Lay Members, Legionaries of Christ, Consecrated Women, and Lay Consecrated Men, from all around the world, from April 29 to May 4 in Rome, Italy. Here’s what they wanted to share about their experience.

Day 5 of the General Convention - "The challenge to listen to each other in discernment"

The Convention delegates spent Friday in plenary meetings to share and vote on suggested actions. In these meetings, syntheses of each group’s proposals were presented, allowing time for reflection and dialogue among the delegates.


After the presentation of the proposed actions, the participants had a time of prayer to ask for light and discernment:


  • What is God saying to us at this moment?
  • What does the Lord want from Regnum Christi regarding these considerations?

Faced with the challenges of putting all the reflections into action, some delegates commented:


The work we are doing “is a challenge because it involves listening to each other, discerning, perhaps not saying some things that could provoke positive or not so positive reactions. It implies going back and listening to discern what comes from God and what does not come from God” (Elena Olazábal, Consecrated Woman, Territory of Chile).


“It has been enriching to listen and have discussions together, and then to choose what we will and will not propose. This is quite a challenge. Where we have found points of consensus that have emerged in the teams, we need to translate them into actions, and discern them among the whole group” (Fernando Rincón, Lay Consecrated Man).


At noon, Fr. Pablo Solís, LC, presided at the Eucharistic celebration, and the homily was preached by Fr. Juan Pablo Durán, LC, who reflected on the Sacred Heart of Jesus on this first Friday of the month.


“What is the foundation of our hope? It is before our eyes: it is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. What is the Heart of Jesus? It is a human heart like all of ours but overflowing with the love of God. It is the love that created the universe and that melts with love for each one of us; the central focus of all our formation is to become like Him, even if just a little bit more. The Heart of Jesus wants to share His love with us like a flame that reaches our hearts. Holiness means to be consumed with the fire of love of the Heart of Jesus.”


On Saturday, May 4, the last day of the General Convention, the conclusions will be discussed in plenary meetings, the lay delegates will elect six lay members from among themselves to sit on the General Plenary Council for the next six years. Two of these six General Plenary Council members will be selected to assist the General Directive College. The end of the afternoon, the closing mass will be held at the International College of the Legionaries of Christ.



Day 4 of the General Convention- "Dialogue and discernment for a Church that goes out on mission"

The work of the General Convention is to look at Regnum Christi and the world we live in through Christ’s eyes, analyze it according to Gospel criteria and the Regnum Christi charism, and define actions to take for the next six years. Today the delegates began the stage of “defining actions” concerning the ten themes they are reflecting on.


The actions defined in the teams seek to answer the following questions:


  • How do we want to respond to the needs of the world and the Church as Regnum Christi?
  • What do we envision as possible general apostolic priorities for Regnum Christi from 2024-2030?
  • Are there recommendations and guidelines we would like to give to the government of the Regnum Christi Federation and, if applicable, to the Federated Institutes?

After the teams define these actions for each of their themes, they bring them to the larger group where the actions are further defined, validated, and the group works towards a consensus on a proposal containing:


  • A consolidated version of the evaluations and recommendations for Regnum Christi as a whole.
  • Proposals of possible general apostolic priorities.
  • Possible recommendations and guidelines for the governing bodies.

In his homily at today’s Mass, Fr. Riccardo Garzari, LC, reflected on the need to remain united to Christ in love. Recalling the first reading of the day’s mass, he delved into the way the apostles discussed certain topics such as the salvation reserved for the people of Israel.


“At that time Peter had a special call from God because there was a change of horizons: he had to open up the Church to the nations and not only to the people of Israel. Paul and Barnabas also spoke of their experience. James takes up what Peter said and reflects it also in the Scriptures and actions arise. How did they come to this? They reflected that God, and not one person, was the protagonist” (Fr. Riccardo Garzari, LC).


After Mass, Sister Simona Brambilla, MC, former Superior General of the Consolata Missionary Sisters (Italy), who currently serves as secretary of the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, joined the General Convention delegates for lunch.


Nancy Nohrden, General Director of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, addressed a word of thanks to Sister Simona: “We spoke here at the table about charisms; we feel that we are called to make present the mystery of Christ and this requires a certain dynamic. One of these dynamics is that Christ first gathers his disciples and reveals to them the love of his heart. Throughout these years we have felt Christ’s love in the presence of the representatives of the Church among us, who have accompanied, guided, and sometimes corrected us.”


For her part, Sister Simona reflected on synodality in the Church, which implies dialogue and living outwardly:


“Thank you for this occasion of spiritual sharing among brothers and sisters. From what I have heard here at the table, I would like to underline something that has touched my heart: a journey together in synodality. In synodality there are two fundamental aspects that go hand in hand: communion, and a communion that reaches out in mission. They are two mutually validating realities. True communion leads to reaching out in mission, which then leads to broadening and deepening communion. This is my wish for the whole Convention, that it be a synodal Convention, that is to say, one of communion and of reaching out in mission.”


At the end of the afternoon, a Eucharistic hour was held in the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Philip the Martyr, which was also attended by Regnum Christi members from Rome, as well as the communities of the Legionaries of Christ, Consecrated Women and Lay Consecrated Men from Rome.

Day 3 of the General Convention- "To Be Deeply United with Christ."

On the third day of the General Convention of Regnum Christi, delegates began with round table discussions to review the contributions on the various themes that were chosen on the first day.


This was followed by a session to review the Rules of Procedure for the next General Convention to be held in 2030.


Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, presided over the celebration of the Eucharist.  The Cardinal had accompanied Regnum Christi for almost a decade on the path of renewal towards the pontifical approval of the constitutions of the Legionaries of Christ, the  Society of Apostolic Life of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, and the Society of Apostolic Life of the Lay Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi, as well as the approval of the new statutes of the Regnum Christi Federation.


During the homily, he stated: “I am very happy to preside over this Eucharist with you, because we are at a moment of action on a long road that we have travelled together for years.” He offered reflections aimed at discernment: “Faced with the concrete problems of life, you place yourselves before Christ to dialogue together; to discern, to be docile to the Spirit in order to discover the will of God. This is what Pope Francis wants for the whole Church; to live this synodal dimension in which each one, with his own responsibility, participates in a discernment and in the construction of a decision, which implies docility to the Spirit.”


He then spoke about the fatigue and difficulties that can arise along the way: “Often the journey can be tiring, it can be difficult, but a shared deliberation guarantees a correspondence with what the Spirit wants. And therefore, it can be better received as well as observed and put into practice. But all this is possible, as the Gospel suggests, only if each of us is deeply united to Christ. For only if we are united to Christ will our action bear fruit. This is what Jesus tells us in the Gospel we have read. Only if we are united to Christ, as the branches are to the vine, can we bear fruit. Separated from Christ, we bear no fruit and are useless.”


He concluded by inviting the delegates to be docile to the Holy Spirit, “And so, if you effectively preserve this docility to the Spirit, in this way you will give glory to God, because you will advance the work you have to do in order to fulfil the mission God has given to Regnum Christi.”


At the end of the Mass, Cardinal Ghirlanda shared a meal with the 120 delegates. Félix Gómez Rueda, General Director of the Lay Consecrated Men and member of the General Directive College, thanked the Cardinal for his closeness during these years. He also asked him to continue to accompany Regnum Christi on the path it is gradually travelling.

In the afternoon, two plenary sessions were held where the teams presented the group work completed yesterday.


Also, the delegates received the news that during the morning, Pope Francis, in his general audience, sent greetings to Regnum Christi and to the 20 new priests of the Legionaries of Christ who were ordained on Saturday, April 27:


“I greet the Spanish-speaking pilgrims, in particular the Regnum Christi Federation, the Legionaries of Christ who received priestly ordination in recent days and their families, as well as the formators and students of the various educational centers. May the Lord, through the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker, Father in obedience, increase our gift of faith and allow us to open our minds to his divine mystery. May Jesus bless us and the Blessed Virgin watch over you.”


Testimonies of the day:


Paloma Domínguez



“We can’t be afraid to launch ourselves into the world because Christ is with us and he really needs us. We have to respond to this unique call, the beautiful vocation of being a lay person, hand in hand with our companions on the way, the other vocations of Regnum Christi.”


Álvaro Carranque

Colombia – Venezuela


“It is a gift to share as a family, it is a very rich space to be able to sit at the same table to talk about our apostolate and what is coming in the next several years with priests, Lay Consecrated Men, Consecrated Women and lay members from all over the world. It is very nice to see that although we come from very different cultures, the charism remains the same.

Day 2 of the General Convention- "Making Christ's Kingdom present today"

The participants of the General Convention dedicated Tuesday, April 30th to working in groups and teams, where they deepened in the following themes, which were validated by the delegates:


The horizon – our overarching theme: The evangelizing mission of Regnum Christi in today’s world: the world from which we are called, and to which we are also sent.


We recognize that we are living in a change of era which has very particular characteristics that need to be seen in the light of the Gospel. The world from which we are called, and to which we are also sent, is the concrete place in which we must make the Kingdom present, and for this it is necessary to know how to live within it, to observe and listen to it, to look at it and to enter into dialogue with it. It is in the here and now that Christ invites us to proclaim the Good News that brings life; it is in this time and in this society that Christ wants to reign.


1. The mission of Regnum Christi in different areas of evangelization:

  • The mission with adolescents and young people in and by Regnum Christi.
  • The promotion of marriage and the family and the formation of married couples.
  • The evangelization of culture, professional environments, and people with responsibility and leadership in different social spheres.

2. Vocational Fulfillment:

  • Lay Members’ identity, mission, and way of belonging in Regnum Christi.
  • Formation in the life of the lay member.
  • The knowledge, interiorization, and living of our charism.
  • Vocational culture and promotion.

3. Communities of apostles:

  • An integrated pastoral ministry in the locality.
  • Formation of formators and Christ-like leadership.
  • Structure at the service of communion and mission.

To address the general and specific themes, the delegates are following a process involving work in teams, groups, and plenary meetings. Each team addresses a specific theme. Each group is made up of several teams. During the group meetings, the general issues are addressed, and the teams’ perspectives and results on the specific themes are exchanged to identify common elements (to see and to judge- in the style of the Encounter with Christ). In team meetings, specific issues are discussed in depth and proposals are generated based on what has been previously analyzed (to act- as outlined in the Encounter with Christ). The aim of the plenary meetings is to provide a global vision and to create spaces to discuss the main issues.


During the homily of today’s Mass, Fr. Adolfo Güémez, LC, reflected on the call to make Christ’s Kingdom present in this society, not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today. “Regnum Christi is not a disembodied institution, it is alive not only in an assembly, in a General Convention, but it is alive in each one of us”, said Fr. Adolfo.


“Working in groups has given me a lot of hope for the future. It provides a general enrichment for Regnum Christi of what is experienced in different countries and in different localities”. (Ana Paula O’Neil, territory of Mexico and Central America).


“I am in the group that is dealing with the topic: “Formation of formators and Christ-like leadership”. It is a very important topic for Regnum Christi and for society in general. We have to move towards a community of apostles who walk together and who seek to transmit the same leadership as Jesus, which is based on service, on love of neighbor, on placing the person at the center, and on the truth of the Gospel. A style which we are reflecting on a lot during these days, and we hope to have a good result at the end” (Fr. Cleomar Ferronato, LC, territory of Brazil).


On Wednesday, May 1, the groups will continue with the analysis of the themes and Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, will preside over the celebration of the Eucharist in the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Philip the Martyr.

Day 1

The 2024 Regnum Christi General Convention begins:


  • 120 delegates from the four different vocations in Regnum Christi are participating.
  • Pope Francis sent a letter on the occasion of the ordinary General Convention.
  • In his introductory homily, Fr. John Connor, LC, invited the delegates to be “meek and humble of heart” so as to listen to the Holy Spirit.

On the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, patron of Europe, the first ordinary General Convention of Regnum Christi opened in Rome, with 120 delegates and invited guests from the four vocations that make up the Federation: Legionaries of Christ, Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, Lay Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi, and Lay Members.


In a letter on the occasion of the Convention, Pope Francis expressed his closeness and the hope that the participants be guided by the light of the Holy Spirit as they discern their role in the Church and how they can incarnate the mystery of Christ in today’s world.


Pope Francis emphasized the importance of fidelity to the Gospel and the Magisterium of the Church in this discernment process. Each member of Regnum Christi has a specific vocation, and the Pope encouraged each one to prepare for the Convention through prayer and Eucharistic adoration.


In addition, the Holy Father expressed his hope that the outcome of the work of these days will further the aspiration of Regnum Christi members to be true apostles. He recalled the importance of “constantly renewing ourselves according to the image of the Creator” (Col
3:10). In a world facing contemporary challenges, the Pope urged Regnum Christi to be able to give a reason for its hope and to live its vocation with authenticity and courage.


The Convention began with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Philip the Martyr, presided over by Fr. John Connor, LC, president of the General Directive College of Regnum Christi. In his homily, Fr. John invited everyone present to live these six days of discernment united to Jesus Christ. Referring to the readings of the day’s liturgy, he reflected on the importance of “walking in the light”: If we walk in the light then we are in communion with God and with others. “Christ calls us to live his light among one another.” He also alluded to the Gospel message, “Be meek and humble of heart”  as the delegates listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit throughout the week.


The mass was offered for Mr. Roberto Boesch Garza who passed away recently. He is the father of Daniela Boesch, a delegate from the territory of the North of Mexico.


At the conclusion of the Mass, the delegates moved to the Chapter Hall of the General Directorate, where the General Convention is being held. The meetings began with an explanation of practical aspects and then reports presented by the general directors of each of the consecrated vocations, followed by the report of the General Directive College of Regnum Christi.


Maria Fioretta



“I came to this General Convention with the desire to live and share a moment with the Regnum Christi family, seeing the world through the light of the Holy Spirit and discovering it with new eyes and a renewed heart, sharing life and our charism among all the branches of RC, and seeing what the world needs and what we can do to respond”.


Daniel Bizzo

Mexico and Central America


“I am originally from Brazil and currently live in Mexico, I work in the central office of the Regnum Christi network of schools, Semper Altius, and the Anahuac High School in the area of projects. I also work in youth ministry in the Territory of Mexico and Central America. I come to this convention with great excitement to learn, to share experiences, to deepen our charism and to discover where God is calling us in the coming years and what he wants us to contribute to the world.”


To know more about the ordinary General Convention of Regnum Christi, please click the button below.

What is the General Convention?

Regnum Christi will hold its First General Convention in Rome from April 29 to May 4, 2024. This is a crucial event for Regnum Christi, which the Holy See approved with its renewed configuration as a Federation five years ago. The Convention will define its global evangelization and service priorities for the next six years. It will address issues of profound importance for fostering global apostolic initiatives and growth in the co-responsibility of the lay members after a process in which thousands of members of the four vocations – Legionaries of Christ, Consecrated Women, Lay Consecrated Men, and lay members– have participated. There are 120 delegates, 14 of them from the North American Territory.


This is the first meeting of its kind to be convoked after an extensive process of renewal, which, with the help of the Holy See, clarified Regnum Christi’s identity and mission and gave the organization the canonical form of a Federation comprised of four vocations: the Legionaries of Christ, Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, Lay Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi, and lay members. 


The General Convention is a collegial body and the highest authority of the Regnum Christi Federation. It is responsible for “overseeing the purposes, progress and future development of the Regnum Christi Federation” and establishing mission priorities for a six-year period, among other functions established in the Statutes approved by the Holy See in 2019 (SRCF 64-75).


A path of apostolic discernment regarding our world today and the election of delegates

In 2022, a global synodal process began in preparation for the General Convention. 2,914 meetings were held in different locations across 26 countries. The contributions of thousands of members of all the vocations of Regnum Christi were collected to facilitate discernment of how Regnum Christi is called to respond to the current needs of the world, the Church, and society through its mission. The themes of support for marriage and family and evangelization in today’s world resonated deeply with members globally during the process.


The elected delegates who will participate in the General Convention were selected by their fellow members in each of the nine territories of Regnum Christi. As laid out by the Statutes of the Regnum Christi Federation, 120 delegates from the four vocations will be present, of which 33 participate ex-officio with voice and vote, 72 are elected delegates with voice and vote, ten participate ex-officio with voice but without vote, and five guests are invited to attend with voice but without vote. Forty-five delegates are Legionaries of Christ, 29 are Consecrated Women, eight are Lay Consecrated Men, and 38 are lay members.


Three major themes for deliberation

The results of the global preparation process showed great convergence in the themes members chose to reflect on. These are collected in a working document that articulates all of the contributions received on the three major themes discerned as most globally relevant for the Convention to deliberate on: vocational fulfillment, communities of apostles, and the mission of Regnum Christi in its different areas of evangelization (marriage and family, today’s culture, professional environments, and the evangelization of adolescents and young adults).


As they prepare for the work ahead of them, the delegates will also have the report of the General Directive College on the current situation of Regnum Christi with global statistics, challenges, and experiences, as well as the reports of the Legionaries of Christ, the Consecrated Women, and the Lay Consecrated Men as input for discussion. Delegates, who will approve the topics to be addressed at the beginning of the Convention, will work in plenary sessions to establish overviews, in groups to discuss contextual issues, and in teams to address the specifics. 


Conclusions and expectations

As a result of this journey, it is hoped that the Convention will set the priorities from which Regnum Christi will project its apostolic work in response to the needs of the world for the period 2024-2030, taking into account local needs and cultural differences in each of its nine territories. It is also expected to make key assessments and recommendations for Regnum Christi’s governing bodies, territories, and localities.

North American Delegates to the General Convention

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Lay Members

Tony Frese

Atlanta, Georgia

Donna Garrett

Omaha, Nebraska

Horacio Gomez

Dallas, Texas

Andrew Rawicki

Dallas, Texas

Kerrie Rivard

Atlanta, Georgia

Cathie Zentner

Calgary, Alberta

Legionaries of Christ

Fr. Shawn Aaron, LC

Atlanta, Georgia

Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Atlanta, Georgia

Fr. Juan Pablo Duran, LC

Atlanta, Georgia

Fr. Bruce Wren, LC

Atlanta, Georgia

Fr. Lino Otero, LC

Atlanta, Georgia

Consecrated Women

Maria Knuth

New Orleans, Louisiana

Kathleen Murphy

Atlanta, Georgia

Helen Yalbir

Dallas, Texas

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Ex-officio Delegates

The general directors of the federated institutions:


  • John Connor, L.C.
  • Nancy Nohrden
  • Felix Gomez Rueda

The Vicar General and another general counselor of the Legionaries of Christ, the Consecrated Women and the Lay Consecrated Men:


  • Hernán Jiménez, LC
  • Rafael Ducci, LC
  • Elena Bartolome
  • Viviana Limón
  • Cristian Nazer
  • Bernardo Perez

The lay members of the General Plenary Council:


  • Francisco Gamez (Venezuela)
  • Alvaro Abellan (Spain)
  • José Antonio Lebrija (Mexico and Central America)
  • Carmen Fernandez (Spain)
  • Kerrie Rivard (North America)
  • David Zarate (Northern Mexico)

The general administrator of the Federation: Fr. Luis Manuel Gutiérrez, LC


The general secretary of the Federation: Gina Chávez

The territorial directors of the Legionaries of Christ, the Consecrated Women, and the Lay Consecrated Men:


  • Alberto Simán, LC (Mexico and Central America)
  • Carlos Gutiérrez, LC (Northern Mexico)
  • Carlos Ortíz, LC (Col-Ven-Ecuador)
  • André Delvaux, LC (Brazil)
  • Gabriel Bárcena, LC (Chile-Arg)
  • Shawn Aaron, LC (North America)
  • Valentin Gögele, LC (Central and Western Europe)
  • Savio Zanetta, LC (Italy)
  • Francisco Javier Cereceda, LC (Spain)
  • Kathleen Murphy (North America)
  • Mónica Aguirre (Northern Mexico)
  • Lorenza Sanromán (Mexico and Central America)
  • Gabriela Garza (Col-Ven)
  • Bernardita García (Chile)
  • Kate O’Connor (Brazil)
  • Beatriz Rivera (Spain)
  • Mariana Ibañez (Central and Western Europe)

Elected Delegates

Legionaries of Christ

  • Cleomar Ferronato, LC (Brazil)
  • Jesús Osvaldo Verdín Pérez, LC (Brazil)
  • David Daly, LC (Rome Delegation)
  • Andreas Schöggl, LC (Rome Delegation)
  • Ignacio Sarre, LC (Rome Delegation)
  • Gabriel Ramón Sotres, LC (Rome Delegation)
  • Juan Carlos Quintero, LC (Col-Ven-Ecuador)
  • César Pérez, LC (Col-Ven-Ecuador)
  • Francisco Javier Caballero, LC (Chile-Arg)
  • Florencio Sánchez, LC (Spain)
  • Manuel Salord, LC (Spain)
  • Sylvester Heereman, LC (Central and Western Europe)
  • George Elsbett, LC (Central and Western Europe)
  • Miguel Cavallé, LC (Italy)
  • Riccardo Garzari, LC (Italy)
  • Pablo Solís, LC (Mexico and Central America)
  • Luis Garza, LC (Mexico and Central America)
  • Eduardo Robles-Gil, LC (Mexico and Central America)
  • José María Martínez, LC (Mexico and Central America)
  • Evaristo Sada, LC (Mexico and Central America)
  • Adolfo Güémez, LC (Northern Mexico)
  • Gabriel Abascal, LC (Northern Mexico)
  • Miguel Viso, LC (Northern Mexico)
  • Julio Muñoz, LC (Northern Mexico)
  • John Bartunek, LC (North America)
  • Lino Otero, LC (North America)
  • Juan Pablo Durán, LC (North America)
  • Bruce Wren, LC (North America)

Consecrated Women

  • Eva Ma. Leal García (Brazil)
  • Elena Olazábal Magdalena (Chile)
  • Irene Alemany Herrera (Col-Ven)
  • Cecilia Ruiloba Castelazo (Spain)
  • Esther García Zaldívar (Spain)
  • Amelie Marie Laurence Perroy (Europe)
  • Perla González de la Fuente (Mexico)
  • Teresa Vázquez Rivera (Mexico)
  • Margarita López Romo (Northern Mexico)
  • Carmen Ramírez Gómez (Northern Mexico)
  • Maria Jean Knuth (North America)
  • Helen Rose Yalbir (North America)
  • María del Carmen Ávila (Headquarters and delegation of the DG CRC)

Lay Consecrated Men

  • Emilio Martínez (toto orbe terrarum)

Lay Members

  • Paloma Domínguez Carrasco (Spain)
  • Rafael Sáenz from Santa María Pombo (Spain)
  • Atala Alba Barba (Northern Mexico)
  • Zacarías Dieck Vega (Northern Mexico)
  • Andrés Villaseñor Urrea (Northern Mexico)
  • Daniela Boech Santos (Northern Mexico)
  • Emilio Allande Berrueta (Northern Mexico)
  • Alejandro Álvarez López (Northern Mexico)
  • Álvaro Carranque (Col-Ven-Ecuador)
  • Cristina Regueira (Col-Ven-Ecuador)
  • Andrea Heck (Central and Western Europe)
  • Grzegorz Cempla (Central and Western Europe)
  • Andrés Jiménez (Mexico and Central America)
  • Ana María Bravo de Simán (Mexico and Central America)
  • Ana Paul O’Neill García (Mexico and Central America)
  • Enrique Pérez Ocejo (Mexico and Central America)
  • Guillermo Narro (Mexico and Central America)
  • Juan Andrés Lam (Mexico and Central America)
  • Patricia Delfín (Mexico and Central America)
  • Teresa Alarcón (Mexico and Central America)
  • Maria Fioretta Bini Smaghi (Italy)
  • Donna Garrett (North America)
  • Andrew Rawicki (North America)
  • Cathie Zentner (North America)
  • Horacio Gómez (North America)
  • Anthony Frese (North America)
  • Monica Etchebarne (Chile-Arg)
  • Lucas Swett Hederra (Chile-Arg)
  • Pedro Kropf (Brazil)
  • Jerusa Slomp (Brazil)

Non-voting Participants

The general councilors of the Legionaries of Christ, the Consecrated Women and the Lay Consecrated Men who do not participate ex-officio nor have been elected as delegates, participate in the General Convention with voice but without vote:


  • Michael Brisson, LC
  • Gerardo Flores, LC
  • Jesus Villagrasa, LC
  • Pedro Barrajón, LC
  • Eugenia Alvarez
  • Africa Pemán
  • Jacinta Curran
  • Fernando Rincon
  • Javier Bendek
  • Guillermo Campillo

Representing the diverse realities of Regnum Christi, the following have been invited with voice without vote:


  • José Mata, President of the General Assembly of the International Network of Regnum Christi Universities (RIU)
  • Elena Bustillos, President of the General Assembly of the Regnum Christi Schools Network
  • Pablo Aledo, General Director of Altius Foundation
  • Daniel Bizzo, Lay Consecrated Man in temporary vows


Tony Frese


Tony G. Frese currently serves as Section Director for the Atlanta Regnum Christi Men’s Section. In this leadership role for over 6 years, Tony is supported by a team of fifteen men that lead a Section of over 200 men across 25 teams. 


Mr. Frese is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering. Currently Tony is Vice President of Business Development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company where he has worked for 38 years. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Tony began his career as an aerospace engineer supporting NASA on the Space Shuttle Program in Houston.


Mr. Frese is an avid fisherman and enjoys golf, boating, collecting wine, and volunteering his time in support of the Catholic church. He and his wife, Skotti, have two grown children. The couple lives on Lake Lanier in Dawsonville, Georgia.

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.

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.

Andrew Rawicki


Andrew Rawicki and his wife, JoAnna, retired to Irving, TX in 2019 from Midland, TX, where they live in close proximity to eight of their ten grandchildren. A convert from Judaism, Andrew entered the Church in 1991. He and his wife were introduced to Regnum Christi in 2000 through Conquest and Challenge Camps that most of their six children attended at Camp Bocamb in Louisiana, and Andrew incorporated into the movement in 2001. He has been a past Men’s Section Director and Renewal Coordinator in the Houston locality, as well as the Men’s Section Assistant and Hub City director for Holy Week Missions while his family resided in San Jose, CA. 


Andrew served as the Dallas liaison for the “Lift Off” Regnum Christi Regional Convention held in May 2020, and become the Regnum Christi Local Director for Dallas in July of that year. He is honored to be part of this rare gathering of Legionaries, Consecrated Men and Women, and wonderful lay members of Regnum Christi, forging the future direction of the Territory and contributing to next year’s General Convention.

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.

Cathie Zentner


I joined Regnum Christi in 1996 shortly after converting to the Catholic faith and felt a strong calling to use my management consulting experience and administrative skills to serve the mission. Over the past 27 years, I have held various roles within the RC Calgary locality’s women’s section, locality committee and Clear Water Academy. At the Territorial level, I served for six years as a team member of RC Education (formerly known as National Consultants for Education), four years as the director of a Regnum Christi school in Monterrey, Mexico, and six years in territorial administration. For these last seven years, I have been supporting the territory’s governing body and was recently named Territorial Directive College Delegate. In this capacity, I have had the privilege of working with the Mission Support Team to serve members and localities across the territory.


I am married to Clark and am the mother of two adult daughters. We divide our time between Canmore, Canada and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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.

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. 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. Lino Otero, LC


Former Leadership Consultant at Catholic Leadership Institute, Fr. Lino has been involved in leadership development since 2009.  As pastor of a parish in Yonkers, New York, he was chosen to participate in the first Learning Community of Parish Catalyst, an organization dedicated to leveraging vibrant parishes in North America. 


For two years, Fr. Lino was the Territorial Administrator (CFO) of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement in North America. Today he is the superior of his community of Legionary priests, Regnum Christi director in Atlanta, and chaplain to a non-profit organization called to bring God to the workforce called His Way at Work.


His training has included acquiring degrees in Business Administration, Philosophy, and Theology.  He has been a school teacher, administrator, and youth leader.  He has been the pastor of two parishes and has done parish ministry for over 17 years.  He also started a radio station and a school coop. 

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.

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


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!