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Everest Academy Nuvali Breaks ground in the Philippines

Ver Peña, a trustee of the board of Everest Academy Manila and a Regnum Christi member shares how the vision of beginning RC Education schools in the Philippines began to take shape. “‘Aiming Higher,’ That’s the slogan we saw when we first visited Legionary or Semper Altiusschools in other countries. My wife and I said,  ‘we need something like this in the Philippines.’ That’s when the dream started.”

Everest Academy Manila came to life in 2007, the first RC Education school in Asia, and the first Catholic international school in the Philippines. It now has 560 students and is one of over 200 Regnum Christi schools in 16 countries around the world.  In 2008, a sister school was born. Mano Amiga Academy, 45 minutes outside of Manila, uses the same RC Education curriculum and pedagogy while providing top quality education to underpriviledged families and breaking cycles of poverty.

Now, a third RC Education school is getting ready to open its doors. An affiliated Everest Academy campus, Everest Academy Laguna,  is coming to life on a 20 hectare mixed-use institutional development in Nuvali, an hour south of Manila.  The development includes three buildings to cater to K-12 students, an Administration/Retail Building, and Mary, Queen of Apostles Church.

The first building to rise on the site is the Lower School, which will house the Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 4. This building will be completed by July 2019, just in time to open its doors to its pioneering students on August 2019 for school year 2019-2020.

Everest Academy Laguna currently exists as a preschool which offers a coherent progression of skills, concepts, and knowledge in all areas of child development.

The Everest Academy Laguna Preschool Curriculum was developed by researching and reviewing exemplary early childhood education practices by the International Center for Integral Formation (ICIF).  It provides a solid, coherent foundation of knowledge, concepts, and skills which are aligned with the Regnum Christi Education K-12 curriculum standards. The curriculum addresses the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and moral development of children and the new Everest Academy Laguna lower school will continue to integrate the curriculum and pedagogy in place.

Students of Everest Academy Laguna receive more than a world-class academic education. They are provided the tools necessary to grow in the attitudes and virtues that characterize intellectually and socially mature persons, such as perseverance and completion of tasks, clear and controlled expression of thoughts and emotions, self-reflection, self-mastery, friendliness, and appropriate manners.

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CCC of America Continues its Mission with Lukas Storyteller

In 1983, a group of young Mexican Regnum Christi members, armed with holy audacity and a vision to change culture through mass media, decided that the place where they would have the most impact was Hollywood.  Jose Carredano, Johnny Williams and Jorge Gonzáles recognized how mass media, film production, and entertainment had become a vital part of contemporary culture. After securing financial support for their vision, they went to Los Angeles and created one of the first Regnum Christi apostolates in the United States, Hombre Nuevo.  From 1983-1986 they produced the Hombre Nuevo television show on channel 46 KHIS, a daily 2-hour long show that looked at contemporary issues in the light of human and Christian values. After this project ended due to economic difficulty, Hombre Nuevo created an award-winning feature film, Crystalstone, in 1987.

During the 1990s it became clear to the team at Hombre Nuevothat the Hollywood culture and infrastructure would not support the growth of Catholic entertainment, so they began their own production and distribution company called Creative Communication Center of America (CCC). The dynamic enterprise of CCC of America was founded to produce and distribute high-quality entertainment for the family that was not only enjoyable but also conveyed Christian moral values.  CCC created a series of popular 30-minute animated features called the Saints and Heroesseries.  These videos, which told the stories of 11 saints and heroes through high-quality animation, were completed in 1999 and have been available on DVD ever since. They have been dubbed into more than ten languages and sold in more than 22 countries.

Three years ago, as technology changed and the market for streaming digital media grew (while DVD sales fell) Juan Carlos Carredano was asked to come on board as the new CEO of CCC with two primary objectives, to “take the old materials to new platforms and produce new original content.”

Working towards the objectives that Juan Carlos signed on for, CCC now has its Saints and Heroes series on the Augustine Institute’s Formed.org platform.  They have also created a new series of HD animated content for children called Lukas Storyteller. The first season is made up of 14 episodes which feature Lukas, a fish who met Jesus.  The high-quality HD animated production follows the adventures of Lukas in the lives of different saints, with each episode also highlighting a virtue.  The series is available on DVD,  as well as on the new streaming platform that CCC offers. Next year, they will expand to iTunes, Netflix, and other mainstream platforms.

CCC operates as an independent international corporation with offices in Mexico City and Dallas, and continues to be an apostolate of the Regnum Christi Movement with the same mission that motivated its creation in 1983, the transformation of culture through mass media.

 

 

 

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

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!