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Part Five: Team Life

Team life is the last of the five elements of life in Regnum Christi.


Regnum Christi seeks to offer a true community of Christians, an environment where we each experience Christ’s love for us. This happens not only directly, but also through being known and valued by our companions in the journey and mission we share. For Regnum Christi lay members, the most basic gathering of that community is the team.


Modeled on the first Christian communities, Regnum Christi members gather as communities of apostles to pray, to evangelize, and to support and encourage each other in the living of their Christian vocation. Team life provides a nucleus of spiritual friendship, a community that is there to share the gifts and challenges of daily life with each other, and a group of like-minded apostles who work together to bring the light of the Gospel to those around them.

Why do we have teams?

A team is a group of members united in Christian fraternity to help each other on their journey of sanctification, in their formation, and in their apostolic work, following the example of the first Christian communities (Rule of Life 14.2).


Regnum Christi’s shared communion, spirit, purpose, and character—especially as expressed in the Statutes and Rule of Life—provide a solid foundation for every member and team, but different teams will adapt the specific activities they engage in according to their “circumstances of time and place.” Whatever will help them achieve their purpose as the “natural setting where their life in Regnum Christi grows and develops” is fair game.


Throughout its history, one particular team activity has fit closely with our charism: the Encounter with Christ. Very early on, the Encounter with Christ took shape and provided members with a structured but dynamic and flexible way to encourage each other in their Regnum Christi vocation.


The Encounter with Christ is a gathering in which team members reflect on the Gospels, review their Regnum Christi commitments, analyze the events and happenings of their lives in light of Christ’s truth, and spawn and develop apostolic ideas.


This particular form of fellowship remains a core activity in Regnum Christi.  In addition, teams traditionally gather for study circles, monthly mini-retreats (these are often offered to entire Regnum Christi sections, with many teams attending simultaneously), apostolic activities, holy hours, and casual meet-ups just for the enjoyment of it. Our hope is that each Regnum Christi team grows to be a “joyful band of missionary disciples,” as the Archbishop of Detroit recently put it, modeled on and giving continuity to the very first Christian communities.


What does it mean for teams to be modeled on the first Christian communities?

In this video, Fr. Devin Roza, LC, talks about the lives of the first Christian communities, and what we can learn from them as we live team life in Regnum Christi.

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The Encounter with Christ

The Encounter with Christ is the center of team life. In it, the lay members, as a community of faith, by the light of God’s Word, examine their Christian life, discern what the Lord expects of them in evangelizing the reality of the world they live in, encourage each other in their following of Christ, and enkindle their apostolic zeal. (Rule of Life 15)


The team activity called the Encounter with Christ holds a central place for the members of Regnum Christi. In it we experience and live the characteristic traits of our spirituality and mission in first person.


We encounter ourselves as apostles who are called, gathered together, and sent by Christ himself to the world and to the people of today in their concrete reality. The Encounter with Christ is an activity that characterizes the life of Regnum Christi and develops in a climate of prayer. It consists of two fundamental parts: the prayerful reading of a passage of theGospel, and the apostolic discernment of situations or current events from real life.


The members of a team seek to nourish their spiritual and apostolic life with it by helping one another along on the path to holiness, formation, and apostolic action.Through contact with the Word and a faith-filled reading of the events in our daily lives, the Encounter gradually shapes our way of relating to Christ and facing life situations, not only personally but also asa community. Looking at the world this way does not leave us indifferent. In a climate of prayer as a team, we listen to the call of the Spirit, see the needs of the world around us, and respond.

What Happens at an Encounter with Christ?

Opening Prayer

We begin with a prayer to the Holy Spirit, asking him  to enlighten our understanding, move our wills, and enkindle our hearts.

It is appropriate to add a Hail Mary or other prayer to invoke the Blessed Virgin, a Glory Be, and the invocations proper to Regnum Christi which seal our prayer by pointing to the goal of all our life and actions – the glory of God.

The prayers can be found in the RC Lay Members' Prayer Book

Prayerful reading of the Gospel

We seek to encounter him in the Gospel in order to place ourselves in an attitude of listening, so that faith and charity will guide our reflections, order our values, and orient our discernment.

A passage of the Gospel is chosen. It could be from the previous or next Sunday, or another passage that is appropriate to the needs of the team.

Apostolic Discernment of Reality

After we have encountered Christ through his Word, we undertake a communal discernment of what he expects of us as a team or community in the circumstances of life in which we find ourselves. Consequently, we will observe the reality in which we are immersed with the desire to discover the best way to carry out our mission of evangelization within it.

1º Choice of a case study

A true situation or event from real life that helps the team or community to discover the message of God for them in their current situation should be chosen.

The closer the case is to the lives of the members and the social reality in which they live, the better it will facilitate the apostolic discernment of the team.

2º Analysis of the case, or “Revision of Life”, done in three elements: to see, to judge, and to act

To See

We want to see the case as God sees it, learning to observe life with objectivity and depth, with reason and faith, discovering how God is present in it.

In relation to this case, what is happening around us? What do we see? What elements - positive or negative - most grab our attentiona and resonate most strongly in our hearts?

How is God working in the hearts of the people involved and in their environment? Why did this happen? What are the causes?

What are the consecquences of what happened?

Bridging into the time of “judging,” what signs of good and evil do we discover in this case? Are we involved in it? How? How do we react to it?


To Judge

After we have become more aware of the presence of the wheat and the weeds in the case we have chosen (see Matthew 13:24-30), we want to discern how Jesus judges or interprets our presence, participation, or attitudes before this case, and, consequently, understand what he hopes for from us.

What values or anti-values do we see in this case?

What Gospel passages does it remind us of? What do they tell us about this case? In light of the Gospel, what would Jesus do in our place? What is he asking of us?

What requirements does this case bring to light for us if we are to follow Christ as missionary disciples?

To Act & Apostolic Commitment

This is the moment to choose what actions of conversion and apostolate we are called to in light of what we have discerned that Christ is asking of us. We seek to respond to the invitation from the Lord that we received through the Gospel judgement with our own evangelizing initiative. In this way, we aspire to transform reality with the criteria of the Gospel.

The members suggest possible actions to carry out with regard to themselves, with the goal of their own conversion, and with regard to the reality affected by the case, with the goal of evangelization . In response to the call experienced in the “to judge” element:

In light of our case analysis, how can we collaborate with God in his work of making the Kingdom grow?

How can we support and foster God's action in hearts and in society, according to the changing reality of our environment?

Closing Prayer

The Encounter with Christ concludes with a prayer of thanksgiving by one or several members.

The prayer closes with the two invocations to Christ the King and the Virgin Mary proper to Regnum Christi.

More Resources to Check Out

From the RC Lay Members’ Rule of Life

The team


  1. §1. Lay members of Regnum Christi ordinarily form part of a team. The team is the natural setting where their life in Regnum Christi grows and develops.
  • 2. A team is a group of members united in Christian fraternity to help each other on their journey of sanctification, in their formation and in their apostolic work, following the example of the first Christian communities.
  • 3. Teams, as communities of apostles, can be organized in various ways according to the concrete circumstances of each locality of the Federation.

The Encounter with Christ


  1. The Encounter with Christ is the center of team life. In it, the lay members, asa community of faith, by the light of God’s Word, examine their Christian life, discern what the Lord expects of them in evangelizing the reality of the world they live in, encourage each other in their following of Christ, and enkindle their apostolic zeal.



30.§1. A team is ordinarily composed of members of the same sex and stage of life, bound together by friendship, like-mindedness or common interests. There can also be teams of married couples, directed by one of the couples.

  • 2. A team is directed by a team leader. The section director appoints the team leader for a term of one to three years with the possibility of renewal, after hearing the opinions of their council and of the team members.
  • 3. The team leader has the mission of directing and encouraging the life of the team and accompanying each member on their journey of sanctification, their process of formation, and their growth as an apostle.
  • 4. The number of members on a team should favor adequate accompaniment, friendship among the members, and the active participation of all the team members.
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The Encounter with Christ in the Life of Regnum Christi

Identity, Foundation, and Dynamic
An essay that seeks to encourage the renewed practice of the Encounter with Christ by going deeper into its essence and offering principles that allow it to be adapted to each team’s circumstances. It develops the following themes: the place of this activity in the life of Regnum Christi, its historical development and its relationship to the charism, its Biblical roots, the internal dynamic of the Encounter with Christ, and the meaning of its parts.

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!