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Fr. Joseph Anthony Southwood, L.C. Passes Away at the Age of 54

Fr. Joseph Anthony Southwood, L.C.
Fr. Joseph Anthony Southwood, L.C.


Fr. Joseph Anthony Southwood, L.C.On Friday, January 22, 2021, Father Joseph Southwood, LC, passed away in Mexico City. 

Fr. Alberto Simán, LC, territorial director of the Legionaries of Christ in the Territory of Mexico and Central America, sent a message to the priests of the Congregation:

“With much pain and sadness, but with firm hope in the Lord, I inform you that a few minutes ago Fr. Joseph Southwood, LC, passed away. He was 54 years old. Fr. Joseph spent three weeks in the hospital with Covid, and after being released with a negative test, he returned to his community. Within a few days he had to be admitted again because of a serious lung infection  due to Covid.”

He thanked Fr. Joseph: “Mission accomplished, dear Fr. Joseph! He went ahead of us to the Father’s house, with many fruits and led by the hand of Mary.

Father Joseph was born on February 23, 1966, in Rock Island, Illinois. He entered the Legionaries of Christ’s Novitiate in Cheshire, Connecticut, on September 15, 1985. He later studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, from October 1993 to September 1998.

He received the ministry of lector in 1996. In 1998 he received the ministry of the acolyte, as well as diaconal ordination and, at the end of the same year, priestly ordination.

His priestly ministry was mainly lived out as a spiritual advisor in educational centers in Mexico and the United States. Since 2014, he was a member the auxiliary team for the men’s Regnum Christi section in Mexico City, as well as a counselor, and vice-superior of the house of apostolate at Fuente de los Angeles, in the town of Poniente.

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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!