1. How do you know if you’re called to be a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi?
“Come and you will see.”
Discovering a call is a process that takes courage, time, prayer, and support. God speaks gently yet persistently, and gives the grace and help a person needs in each moment. Deepening in a relationship with Our Lord through prayer gives peace and light for discerning where He is leading. The support of a spiritual friend and/or spiritual director can help in discovering signs of God’s presence and call.
2. What vows do Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi make?
Responding to God’s call, Regnum Christ Consecrated women embrace the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience freely and out of love. Through our vows, we are consecrated to God.
We also make two promises specific to our charism and calling:
·To live the mission of extending Christ’s Kingdom with a spirit of service, humility, and availability
· To live communion in the family of Regnum Christi and in the Church through charity in word and deed.
3. Where can Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi work?
Areas of evangelization for us include: catechesis, education, pastoral work with children, youth, and families, evangelizing culture, and works of Christian charity.
4. Do Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi live community life?
Yes! Community life is part of the life and mission of the Regnum Christi Consecrated Women. Consecrated women are sisters in Christ who share the same vocation and charism. Members of a community live in the same house, under the authority of a director, and are spiritually united through personal and community prayer. Wherever a consecrated woman goes, she knows she is sent by Christ and her community.
5. Why an 8 year discernment process before final vows?
The time periods of candidacy and temporary vows provide ample opportunity for discerning and confirming a divine call to consecrated life within Regnum Christi.
6. What capacities and characteristics are needed for the life and mission of a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi?
·strong prayer and sacramental life
·spousal identification with Christ
·capacities for living the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
·flexibility and adaptability to change: culture, language, community, apostolic ministry
·strong psychology and emotional maturity
·sufficient health for our active lifestyle
·capacity for community living
·an ardent zeal to put people in touch with God’s love and mercy
·skills for communication and team work
·capacity for hard work and sacrifice
·spirit of initiative, service, and gratitude
·openness and receptivity towards God and others
·identification with Regnum Christi’s apostolic charism and methodology
7. What academic fields might a Consecrated Woman study?
Fields that equip them for their mission of evangelization, including: theology, spirituality, philosophy, communication, psychology and education.
8. How is your vocation different from religious life?
Our association is not a religious order, so we are not “nuns” or “sisters”. We are lay women who belong totally to Him and every aspect of our lives is permeated by our consecration. We live in communities and embrace the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Our statutes have been approved by the Holy See. We form part of the Regnum Christi Movement, to which others also belong who share the same charism and mission.
We live our lay consecration, inserted within the world but bringing Christ into every place and circumstance. We seek to be God’s presence in the world and testify to God’s merciful love and closeness to his people. In reaching out to encounter people in their daily realities, we proclaim and live “Thy Kingdom Come,” pointing to heaven as the goal of our earthly life.
9. How are the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi associated with the Legionaries of Christ?
The Association of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi and the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ share the same charism and mission. Both are part of the Regnum Christi Movement.