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Internship: Summertime

Summer in the Legion is a time of unexpected adventure, and I’m certainly getting my fair share of it. My personal trajectory in the hot months has me skidding through the following whirlwind itinerary: Detroit, Cheshire, New Hampshire, New York City, Indiana, Mississippi, Cheshire, Rome. As I write, I find myself at roughly the halfway point, at the apostolic school in Indiana, home of Risk boards and Lion-Hearts.

Seeing the boys in their red and blue sweaters reminds me of my first months following Christ in the Legion. I was never enrolled in the apostolic school, but I see in the boys here the same spirit that I felt at the beginning of my vocation: a desire to master self, to ennoble one’s actions and bearing, to embark on a quest, to conquer the world for Christ. I admit that when I got the nod to come west this July, I felt trepidation at the thought of plugging myself into such youthful energy—high voltage in a bad conductor might cause electrocution—but internship means going where you’re sent.

Life here is anything but a quiet winding down towards a monkish study life in Rome. Little did I realize that my last stop before theology would have me organizing a virtue competition where points translate into toy soldiers in the board game Risk. Or that I would be distributing said points for memorizing the “Our Father” in German or reciting English battle poetry (the competition is WWII themed, of course!) Neither did I suspect I would be giving a talk on Robin Hood, faithful servant of the (sort of) Christ-figure, Richard the Lionheart. But finding God in the fun and the excitement is just as important as finding him in the cross.

Fun we’ve had in full. Yesterday I took a pack of boys with stringed club instruments to a concrete arena for dexterity training mixed with home run derby, otherwise known as tennis lessons. And compulsory creative writing indoctrination has been initiated for downtime—something less than torture, I hope. We’ve been to the beach and braved sun and sand and wind and waves for Frisbee, swimming, and fort-building. We’ve had a bonfire and bus rides with songs to the Blessed Virgin, daily Mass and meditation, barbecue at parks and even a visit to the cloistered Carmelite nuns near Chicago!

All of this—the shenanigans and the serious—seems like appropriate pre-theology to me. I’m enjoying it immensely too! It’s been a formative experience for me, the formator, as I learn how to accompany others on their journey to Christ and a possible vocation to the priesthood. Isn’t theology supposed to prepare me for exactly this type of thing? A happy formula just occurred to me: Theology and knowledge of God leads to Enjoyment and love of God leads to Zeal and giving of God. So I can only hope that theology and priesthood will leave me with a healthy dose of the good old spirit of internship.

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Sacred Heart Apostolic School Launches New Blog

There’s a new student blog on the website of Sacred Heart Apostolic School, a boarding school in Rolling Prairie, IN, run by the Legionaries of Christ. The blog allows students, young men thinking about the priesthood, to share thoughts and ideas. 

Kathleen Conklin, a Regnum Christi member who helped redesign the school’s website, said they hoped these students would inspire others. “These young men are an inspiration to us,” she said, “and allowing others a glimpse into the school through their eyes seemed like the most logical and effective way to tell the story. After all, they are it.” 

The first blog post back in April was the testimony of a student at the March for Life. He described the “radiant joy [that] enveloped the streets for miles around capturing the hearts of anyone within its vicinity” as he and other Regnum Christi members, along with Legionary priests, marched through the streets of Washington, D. C. in witness to the sanctity of human life. 

Kathleen explained that students can submit anything they want as a topic. To start the blog off, she noted, students were asked to write their personal stories. 

One of the students who wrote his story was Luis, who wrote about how he first discerned a call to the priesthood. “When I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a professional soccer player,” he wrote. However, later when he started to sense a call, “I learned that God really wanted me to become a priest. It was not easy for me to leave my family, especially going from California to Indiana at such a young age. But I realized the need for priests in the world.” 

Luis also wrote about his mission experience. “In Mexico, I saw many little kids without shoes running around with sticks and using them as if they were toys,” he noted. “They were all happy playing and keeping themselves entertained with things that don’t seem too fun to us.” 

Kathleen explained that the student blog “gives potential students [and] their families a way to meet the caliber of student at SHAS [Sacred Heart Apostolic School], see daily life, the academics, and formation at the school. We are hoping that as people read the blog they will be able to picture themselves, their son or grandson as a student.” 

It is also a way for Regnum Christi members to get a view inside the Apostolic School from the young men’s perspective. Sometimes young men mention the struggles they have overcome. 

Another Sacred Heart student, Stephen, described how the school has transformed him and other students. “It has been months since I joined the school, and throughout the course of the year everyone has progressively grown in virtue and respect and a brotherly love for one another, despite each other’s imperfections,” he remarked. “The formation we receive at Sacred Heart Apostolic School touches many aspects.”  

Kathleen notes that the Internet has become the town square of today, and we in Regnum Christi and the Legion need to help form young people who can effectively reach other people and thus impact culture. “At SHAS,” she says, “students learn how to interact properly with others [so that they can] have the greatest possible reach for Christ. The blog is a healthy and effective way for them to reach others.” 

The team at Sacred Heart takes this formation seriously. This year they want to hand off some of the blog management to the older students. 

One of the younger students, Lenny, blogged about how Sacred Heart students learn the apostolic life. “Apostolics are boys who are doing God’s will the way God asked, while living some aspects of Legionary life,” he explained. “Every day we live with Christ and for Christ. Being an Apostolic means being an Apostle—praying for people in the chapel or in street missions. It means doing more than the minimum. We are called to do something higher.” 

The blog seems to be succeeding in its mission to interest others in the formation offered as SHAS. At least one young man has even visited the school after reading the blog. When he arrived, he said, “You don’t have to tell me anything about the school. I already read it all on your website. I am here because I want to be an SHAS student, too.” 

Sacred Heart Apostolic School is a boarding school run by the Legionaries of Christ for young men thinking about the priesthood. It accepts students from grades 7 through 12. You can find out about Sacred Heart at the school website and by reading the student blog.

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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!