Regnum Christi

Communication Regarding Fr. Benjamin Cieply, LC

Communication Regarding Fr. Benjamin Cieply, LC, Atlanta, September 6, 2018:  In fulfillment of number 74 of our Code of Conduct, the Legionaries of Christ upon concluding an investigation regarding Fr. Benjamin Cieply, LC, informs the following:

  1. Fr. Benjamin Cieply, LC, was ordained to priesthood with the religious congregation Legionaries of Christ on December 20, 2008. In 2015 he left the Dallas, Texas, Legionaries of Christ community to seek out incardination to the Archdiocese of Miami after a gradual process of discernment.
  2. In late 2016, an incident in Florida involving a minor was reported and Child Protective Services was notified. Child Protective Services determined that the allegations could not be substantiated.
  3. The Archdiocese of Miami was informed. They began their internal review and a decision was made, based on the findings, to remove Fr. Benjamin Cieply from ministry.
  4. In accordance with the normal procedures of an archdiocese, they informed the parish during Sunday Mass. Fr. Benjamin Cieply was sent back to the Legionaries of Christ and has not been exercising ministry.
  5. The Legionaries of Christ were informed in November of 2016. Consistent with the policies outlined in the Legionaries of Christ Code of Conduct, in place to ensure a safe environment for young people and adults in the Legion’s ministries, the Legion reached out to Praesidium, Inc. to open an investigation.
  6. In accordance with number 57, Internal Investigation, in the Legionaries of Christ Code of Conduct, “The Legion’s internal investigation will seek to establish whether or not the allegation is supported by the evidence, even if civil authorities have decided not to bring charges. If the civil authorities have cleared the accused of actual abuse charges, the goal of the internal investigation will be to ascertain whether any inappropriate conduct short of abuse may have occurred. If, in the course of this investigation, additional evidence is uncovered that substantiates an allegation, the Legion will re-contact the authorities.”
  7. Fr. Benjamin Cieply was asked to participate in the investigation by Praesidium in January of 2017 and then again in February of 2018. Fr. Benjamin Cieply affirmed his innocence and declined to participate in the investigation on both occasions.
  8. Praesidium finished the investigation and submitted the full report for review to the Legion of Christ’s Review Board.
  9. The Review Board convened on June 27, 2018. After careful consideration based on the information provided in the report, the Review Board concluded that there is a high probability that sexual abuse had occurred and recommended that Fr. Benjamin Cieply should not return to ministry. The Territorial Director of the Legionaries of Christ decided to act in accordance with their recommendation. *Fr. Benjamin Cieply will not be returning to ministry.
  10. We deeply regret and apologize for the harm done to the victim. We pledge ourselves to continue improving our efforts to provide a safe environment in all our ministries.
  11. If anyone has concerns or additional information we encourage them to please come forward and contact the Legionaries of Christ safe environment coordinator, Fr. Steven Reilly, LC, at (301) 580–0340 or [email protected].


*This determination is pending a decision from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the competent authority to determine whether the prohibition from ministry will be made permanent.


Link to the official communication:
Press Release 9/6/2018

Gail Gore
Director of Communications
[email protected]
(707) 309-6957

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Alex Kucera


Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!