RC Lay Members
Regnum Christi lay members are ordinary Catholics who, by the grace of God, are inspired to respond to the needs of people around them with creative compassion and loving action. In their day to day living, they seek to strengthen their relationship with God, to strengthen one another in exquisite charity, and to bring the joyful blessing of God’s love to all!
The lay members come from more than 30 countries, speak many different languages, and represent multiple cultures. They hail from a wide socio-economic spectrum, are young and old, married and single. They are Catholic. Membership consists of approximately 21,500 young adults, adults, deacons, and priests; 10,000 youths are actively involved in the Conquest and Challenge clubs for boys and girls.
These members of the Regnum Christi movement are Catholic faithful who personally accept a divine vocation to live their Baptismal commitments in the midst of temporal realities according to the charism of Regnum Christi. They consider this, their vocation, to be a loving gift from God to help them draw closer to Him.
They live and work in communion with the larger Regnum Christi family, which also includes priests of the Legionaries of Christ, Consecrated Women, and Consecrated Men. The lay members are accompanied by their spiritual family through team life, spiritual direction, team dialogue, apostolic dialogue etc., and in turn, they joyfully accompany others along their spiritual journey.
The central elements of the Regnum Christi spirituality, which they live in their lay state of life are Christ-centredness, the living of charity, and a contemplative and evangelizing spirit.
Regnum Christi’s mission consists principally in the formation of ‘apostles’, Christian leaders at the service of the Church. They take personally Jesus’ words to “go out to all the world and tell the Good News” Mk 16:15 and they truly reflect that ‘the love of Christ impels us” 2 Cor. 5:14!
There are five pillars of the life of a Regnum Christi lay member: spiritual life, apostolate, formation, personal accompaniment and team life.
In November 2004, the Holy See granted definitive approval to the Statutes of the Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement. The text of the decree explains that its mission is “to establish the Kingdom of Christ in the world through the sanctification of its members in the individual state of life to which each one is called by God, and through individual and organized apostolic action at the service of the Church and its pastors…Its specific charism is the same as that of the Legion of Christ: to know, live, and preach the commandment of love that Christ the Redeemer gave us through his Incarnation.” In this way, the Vicar of Christ, Pope St. John Paul II, confirmed the identity and charism of Regnum Christi.