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General Director of the Legionaries of Christ has a Private Audience with the Holy Father

Rome, April 22, 2021.

Father John Connor, LC, General Director of the Legionaries of Christ, was received in a private audience today by Pope Francis. Father John stated in a note sent to the Legionaries of Christ that this meeting “filled him with joy and renewed in him the importance of filial love for the Holy Father as one of the principal characteristics of our spirit (cf. CLC 14).”

In the same note, he said that during this meeting he shared with the Holy Father the steps taken in the path of renewal that the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi are following, as well as asked him for light and advice in the task that he has been entrusted with. At the end, he asked for the Pope’s blessing for the entire Regnum Christi spiritual family.

Father John thanked the Legionaries of Christ priests and brothers for the various “initiatives that promote his Magisterium and his teachings” and invited them all “to continue promoting all that we can do in this regard.”

Link to announcement in Spanish

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Father John Connor, an American, is elected the new superior general of the Legionaries of Christ.

02.06.2020

  • Father John Connor, 51 years old, was born in Maryland (USA) where he has served in priestly ministry and has had governing responsibilities since 2001. Most recently he was the territorial superior of the Legionaries of Christ in the North American Territory. He has also lived in Germany, Italy, and Spain.
  • He is the first superior general of the Congregation that is not Mexican.
  • The General Chapter elected Father John after two weeks dedicated almost exclusively to dealing with the topic of sexual abuse so as “to bring justice to victims, change our mentality, our ways of acting, and the institutional culture that have made so much pain possible.”

The General Chapter of the Legionaries of Christ has elected Father John Connor, LC, an American, as the new general director of the Congregation. The Chapter spent two weeks focused on sexual abuse, attention to victims, and clarifying next actions.  It has also made the commitment to “publicly releasing the results of its reflections and resolutions on this matter, when all its work is finished.”

The voting took place on February 6. With this election, Legionary Father Eduardo Robles-Gil’s term is concluded. In upcoming days the Chapter will elect the six members of the government that comprise the General Council, according to the Constitutions approved by the Holy See in 2014. These Constitutions are a result of  the renewal process the Legionaries underwent with the Church’s guidance. . The chapter will also elect the general administrator.

Father John Connor

Father John Connor, LC, is 51 years old. Since 2001 until the present he has exercised priestly ministry in the United States, mainly in New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. He holds a degree in finance from Loyola University (Baltimore). He has lived in Germany, Italy, and Spain. He studied philosophy and theology in Rome, where he was ordained to the priesthood on January 2, 2001. From 2014 until his election as general director, he was the territorial director of the Legionaries of Christ in the North American Territory and a member of the Territorial Directive College of Regnum Christi in that territory.

Resolution and transparency to deal with abuses

The new general director will have the responsibility, together with the rest of the government, to carry out the directives of the General Chapter now in session, which is the highest governing authority in the Congregation.

On January 24, the Chapter made the public resolution to deal decidedly with the topic of sexual abuse. They dedicated two weeks to this “with hearts and minds focused on the victims… to analyze the magnitude of the damage done, the intensity of the suffering inflicted, the causes, and the consequences; thus the Chapter will be able to validate measures already applied and to establish new measures.” The chapter has committed to “publicly releasing the results of its reflections and resolutions on this matter.” The Chapter Fathers have had the opportunity to listen to the testimony of two victims of sexual abuse, and to Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, who urged them to reach out to victims.

The upcoming days will be dedicated to finishing the election of the members of the General Council and the election of the general administrator. In upcoming weeks the Chapter will tackle other topics such as the apostolic mission of the Congregation and its relation with the other vocations in Regnum Christi, the formation of seminarians, living of poverty in the Congregation, community life, vocation promotion, and religious discipline in general.

Official Site

The official website of the Chapter is https://legionariosdecristo.org/capitulo2020/, where frequent summaries, photographs, and official communications are published. English translations of Chapter communications are offered on www.legionariesofchrist.org.

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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!