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Youth and Family Encounter in Mexico Draws over 4000 People 

From October 5-7, the Youth and Family Encounter 2018 took place, with the participation of more than 4000 people from Mexico and Central America.

Conference Details 

With the presence of sports personalities, journalists, artists, influencers, testimonies, moments of prayer and liturgical celebrations, this Encounter was full of harmony, reflection and fun among members, family and friends of Regnum Christi.

The Encounter was held at the Anahuac University. Members from all four branches – lay members, Consecrated Women, Lay Consecrated Men and Legionaries – along with friends of Regnum Christi participated.

One of the most moving moments was the diaconal ordination of six Legionaries, their testimony of dedication and service is a message of hope, for a society hit by materialism and insecurity.

Speakers 

Among the keynote addresses, the Bishop of Aleppo, Syria, Bishop Denys Antoine Chahda, expressed the value of peace, reconciliation and service to the most vulnerable.

The international journalist Valentina Alazraki shared her testimony as a correspondent in Rome since October 1974, a time she lived with Saint John Paul II, historical moments that marked her life, and that filled millions of people with faith and hope.

Burl Cain, a visionary who initiated the installation of chapels in prisons in Louisiana and offered training workshops for prisoners, also shared his experience. He explained his program of global seminars for “moral rehabilitation” of the offenders, offering them a second chance in life.

Fr. Joseph Burtka, LC, a Legionary since 1986, gave a workshop on the value of cultivating the spirituality of the family. He was ordained in 1997, served territorial director of New York and was a General Counselor of the Legion of Christ from 2005-2014.

To promote healthy competition, perseverance and effort to be better every day, Paralympic medalist Jorge Font shared challenges he overcame, which led him to achieve nine international titles in waterskiing tricks, five world records in the same category, and seven world titles in slalom waterskiing, as detailed in his book, Enlarge Life: The Strength of Fragility.

Marcelo Michel Leaño, who is the youngest head coach in the first division of Mexican soccer, gave a conference as well. He graduated from the Semper Altius School Network sponsored by Regnum Christi. Marcelo shared the value of perseverance and hard work, accompanied by a solid faith and a good spiritual formation.

Activities 

On Friday and Saturday night in the courtyard of the Anahuac University, and before hundreds of young people, Pray and The Vázquez Sounds sang. The latter shared a testimony of values and enormous talent, which has led them to surpass 200 million online video views.

To foster sportsmanship and family life, on Sunday there was a race to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Youth and Missionary Family, with a family walk of 2 km and a 5 km race. That same day, a panel was held with the presence of the various branches of the Movement: Consecrated Women, Lay Consecrated Men, Legionary priests and lay people. Fr. Paul Lara, LC, the territorial director of Monterrey, joined the panel and shared that his vocation was thanks to the testimony of Regnum Christi members.

Subsequently, Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC, moderated a panel composed of the communicator Mariano Osorio and the host and journalist Susana Sáenz. They explained the importance of being able to listen to the audience, the value of being objective in the information and the importance of recognizing and accepting errors.

Finally, Miguel Pérez, rector of the Anáhuac Mérida University, expressed the value of training and putting talents at the service of others, with an attitude of leadership and social commitment.

The closing Mass was held in the university courtyard and presided by Fr. Ricardo Sada, LC, territorial director of Regnum Christi of Mexico and Central America. Fr. Ricardo exhorted the members of the Movement to give testimony of joy and service in all environments in which they develop.

The Youth and Family Encounter brought together various generations identified by the values of union, learning, coexistence and integration, driven to fight every day from their homes to be young and families formed to contribute and be part of a positive and harmonious society .

Read the original with videos of the speakers and a photo album of 432 photos on SomosRC, the Mexican Regnum Christi site.

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Students Present Projects to an International Conference

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of technology in education. At this year’s annual ISTE conference, two groups of students from Regnum Christi schools in Mexico made award-winning presentations that they developed as school projects. The conference was attended by 22,000 people, including many from Regnum Christi schools in North America.

Cumbres Alpes, Querétaro

María Elena Urbán, a science teacher at Instituto Cumbres Alpes (Heights and Alps School) in Querétaro, Mexico, accompanied students from her school to the ISTE conference. She noted that the students were fascinated by the idea of applying technology to their life.

Ms. Urbán explained how her students got involved in the conference: “In August or September 2017, they invited all the teachers in all the schools to participate by submitting innovative ideas for using technology. The best got to participate in the annual conference in Chicago.” After proposing the concepts for their projects early in the academic year, students started developing the projects in December.

Two groups of students from Ms. Urbán’s school, one from the middle school and one from the high school, were invited to present their projects at the conference.

The high school students created a video that allows viewers to experience the independence of Mexico in 1810 through virtual reality lenses. They filmed in historical locations connected to the event, with the help of a history teacher. Ms. Urbán said this provided a good interdisciplinary learning experience, as the students presented it in English.  The resulting video makes viewers feels like they are part of history, because it allows the viewer to pan 360 degrees, creating a VR effect.

The middle school students’ project had to do with robotics and green cities. They simulated a city and a robot that detects which citizens are recycling garbage and awards them points for it.

Ms. Urbán said the students really seemed to enjoy the experience of presenting at a big international conference. “I think that they will return to Mexico very satisfied with the work they’ve done over these six months,” she said. “They’ve learned vision, commitment, patriotism, et cetera.”

Visitors to the students’ booth responded enthusiastically. “It was a very informative project,” noted one woman. Another said, “The video you guys made is really amazing, and we can’t wait to take it back to the schools we work with to show it to them as an option for their curriculum.” Greg from Riverside California said, “It was great to see the students not only act and put it together, but they did everything – the costumes, the history. The videography was amazing, and it was pleasant to watch.” One woman said, “It’s like a field trip without paying for it.  I would recommend it to anyone to use in the classroom.”

Anánhuac Prep, Monterrey

Anáhuac Prep in Monterrey, another Regnum Christi school, also presented a project to promote social action. Four of the students involved were able to attend the conference.

The Anáhuac prep students created a website called Trasciende (“transcend” or rise above) that invites other young people to engage in charitable social action. Teacher Francia Almaguer said the concept for the project came from their social action class, which encourages students to help their neighbors. Students engage in activities such as catechesis, providing wheelchairs, building houses, helping those in low-skill labor, visiting the sick, and missions.  “What they did with technology,” Ms. Almaguer said, “was to put all that they did at a level [so] that other young people their age could understand such service and join with these social action teams or make new ones.” Check out the Trasciende website here.

Ms. Almaguer said, “They were very content and very proud of their project and how they shared experiences with other young people. They are looking forward to participating again next year.”

RC Education Conference

The same week as the ISTE conference, which ran June 24–27,  was the RC Education Summer Institute in Chicago. Sixty-two individuals from 11 Regnum Christi schools in the territory participated.

One focus of the institute was curriculum improvement. The event launched the RC Education online professional development course, which explores Integral Formation as the RC educational model. Summer Institute participants spent most of the week at the Carmelite Spiritual Center, but also visited Everest Academy in Lemont as well as the ISTE conference.

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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!