Regnum Christi


Understanding Locality Elements and Stages of Development

Regnum Christi often begins in a new location as a ‘spark’ or compelling desire of some Regnum Christi members. These members begin by forming first a team and then a second team. Eventually, there are enough teams to require leadership and coordination, and a section is born. Often localities begin with a women’s section and then grow to include a men’s section, ECYD girls and boys and then young adult sections. At some point, typically when there are three or more sections, there is a need for more leadership and coordination, and a locality is born. Supporting this growth requires more coordinated communications, management of finances, and administration – all things associated with running a non-profit volunteer organization. This development is gradual (often bumpy) and takes time and commitment. A vision and good leadership are required throughout this process to ensure that Regnum Christi sections and localities are flourishing in their endeavor to serve and extend the mission.

The Locality Development and Thriving Tool helps guide local leaders toward the next natural step in a locality’s development, and the growth that makes that step possible. The tool helps localities project out where they want to go and take systematic steps to arrive there.

The tool considers six basic stages of development for sections and localities, noting that individual sections are often farther along than the locality as a whole.

Stage 1: Spark (RC present, no sections | no RCD)

Stage 2: Foundations (Team leader | RCD named)

Stage 3: Developing (Section director | Communications & Administration)

Stage 4: Structural Stability (Section leadership teams | Locality Evangelization Planning)

Stage 5: Maturing (Section leadership integrated into locality management | Collaboration across all RC entities)

Stage 6: Innovative and Leading (Apostolates with significant societal impact |Collaboration with the local church)


As a locality matures in its development, there are 12 elements to consider:

  1. Locality Leadership (RC director and council / local college, leadership team, succession plan)
  2. Locality Planning (Locality evangelization plan, annual plans, resource plan, accountability and reporting)
  3. Adult Sections (Accompaniment, team life, apostolic engagement, spiritual life, formation, leadership team, communications, collaboration in locality and the local church, administrative stability)
  4. Young Adult Sections (Accompaniment, team life, apostolic engagement, spiritual life, formation, leadership team, communications, collaboration in locality and the local church, administrative stability)
  5. ECYD Sections (Accompaniment, team life, apostolic engagement, prayer and sacramental life, formation, leadership team, communications, collaboration in locality and the local church, administrative stability)
  6. RC Mission Corps (Sending, receiving and supporting RC missionaries)
  7. Communion & Collaboration with LC, CRC and LCRC Communities (Mission engagement, vocation cross-promotion, financial support)
  8. Collaboration with RC Institutions (RC schools, LC parishes, RC retreat centers, RC camps, LC college chaplaincy, Lumen, etc.)
  9. Collaboration with the Local Church (Diocesan relationships, diocesan ministries, etc.)
  10. Communications (Member communications, diaspora communications, website, social media, etc.)
  11. Financial Health (Fundraising, donations, banking, budgeting, financial accounting and reporting, etc.)
  12. Administrative Stability (Safe environment, volunteer registration, event registration, member register, etc.)

An RC Director and their section directors can look at the tool to identify the current stage of development of the locality or section and what the next step in development looks like. This information is helpful when determining where best to focus in their work of caring for, developing and growing the sections and locality.

Each RCD has access to their locality’s Development and Thriving Tool.

To view the standalone Section Vibrancy Tools available to section directors, click here.

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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!