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Workshop for Evangelizing Elementary Students

From September 4-7, NET held its convention in Cancun with the motto: “How much God loves us!” Club NET is a program for 1-5th grade students in Mexico.

100 people participated in the convention, including Legionary priests of Christ, consecrated women of Regnum Christi, teachers, coordinators of Catholic formation, directors of Regnum Christi schools, local directors, coordinating mothers and NET guides. The participants came from Monterrey, Saltillo, Nuevo Laredo , Durango, Colima, Leon, Irapuato, Guaymas, Tijuana, Mexico, Toluca, Morelia, Pachuca, Villahermosa, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Campeche, Chetumal, Cancun, El Salvador, Guatemala and Bogota.

During the convention, attendees reflected and were trained on the skills, strategies and methodologies proposed by NET with its Club NET and COBU (Good Heart) programs for preschool.

In this edition, the participants lived in first person the dynamics and activities that make up the programs in the three areas – school, family and friends (club) – to see it from the kids’ perspective. There were also workshops on positive discipline, FAMILY activities and activities with transversal materials that favor socio-emotional education and favor the competences of the program.

Throughout the workshop, there was the participation and support of Legionary priests including Paul Lara, LC, territorial director of Monterrey, Ricardo Sada, LC, territorial director of Mexico and Central America, John Walsh, LC and Emilio Díaz -Torre, LC, delegate of the Territorial Director of Mexico for the Prelature of Cancún-Chetumal. Fr. Emilio celebrated daily Mass, offered confession and invited the participants, through their talks, to meet true love, the love of God.

Others in directive roles also participated: Miriam de la Garza, territorial counselor for the consecrated women from Monterrey, Luly Clariond, general director of Semper Altius Network schools, Mónica García de Luca, academic director, Patricia Villaseñor, director of the pastoral area, Angelina Álvarez, academic manager of primary , Claudia Sosa, preschool academic manager, Noita D’Escrivan, pastoral counselor, Emma Alejandri, pastoral counselor, and Sofía Martínez, safe environment coordinator of the Semper Altius School Network.

As every year, NET organizes this workshop to integrate and share with all the people who implement the NET and COBU virtues programs, the innovations of these and to enrich with the experiences of all. Among the new, the materials to work in the classroom were highlighted, which include strategies that favor socio-emotional education through a positive discipline, as well as transversality with other subjects. Also the MOODLE NET electronic training platform, in addition to the music and animated videos of the COBU program.

From these encounters very valuable feedback is obtained for the improvement of these programs, which help to experience and share the love of God to children and their families.

Read the original on SomosRC, the Mexican Regnum Christi site.

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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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Five Years of Helping People Have Holy Vacations

Young Adult sections of Regnum Christi in Mérdia, Mexico organize an event called Open Sky, which tries to help people have a greater experience of holiness while on vacation. This was the fifth year for this apostolate, supported by the diocese of Yucatan. 

Open Sky took place from July 7 to August 5 in Mérida and surrounding areas, which are common vacation destinations. Open Sky focuses on five areas: social action, fun, spirituality, ecology and sport. Over 4,500 people attended at least one part of the events. 

For social action, they organized an outdoor theater every Tuesday in July in a poor area: the Ciénega neighborhood of Chicxulub. Volunteers from Open Sky distributed free popcorn and juice to the attendees. 

As a fun event for the volunteers, a kind of homecoming for parents was organized called, “La Romería” (The Pilgrimage). At this event, people ate paella (rice with seafood) on the beach and the 2018 RC activities calendar was unveiled. 

Fun was encouraged with another event: The  Music Truck Festival  was held at the equestrian center of Playa Silveira from July 26-29. It included music, good food, a bazaar of clothes and accessories, as well as a karaoke contest and a fashion show. 

Mass was offered at the beginning and end to nourish the participants’ spiritual life. The Mass at the closing ceremony on August 5 was presided over by Bishop Pedro Mena Díaz, Auxiliary Bishop of Yucatan. Fr. Víctor Mata, LC, director of the Mérida section, concelebrated. 

Within the series of events, four Eucharistic hours were celebrated with confessions.  On Wednesday, July 18, participants went on missions, visiting all the communities of Chicxulub.  Over one thousand rosaries were distributed, inviting people to remember to pray to Our Lady this summer. 

In the field of Ecology, the last audience of Pope Francis where he exhorted all young people and families to an “ecological conversion” was revisited. This conversation was to raise awareness and pray for the care of the planet.  Two initiatives were promoted: the care of the environment through the dissemination of a message of awareness to vacationers about the management of their waste, and a campaign to protect the birth of sea turtles, which are born during the holiday period in the beach areas. 

Finally, to promote being active, on July 21st there was a  Sports Fishing Tournament. It was done together with the homeless shelter, who received all the fish that were caught. 22 boats particpated. 

The young adult sections of Mérida has focused events during the summer. Running Open Sky over five years with the approval and support of the Archdiocese of Yucatan, has become considered an alternative for young people and their families. 

Along with this being the fifth anniversary, the young adult Regnum Christi members did this all in view of this Fall’s synod on youth in the Vatican. They feel that it is important to see how the deeper needs of young people can be integrated with their interest in fun and vacation. 

Read the original on Somos RC, the Regnum Christi site for Mexico. 

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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!