Interesting that the charism will come last. Maybe not as obvious as they thought.
Preparation for the Statutes for First and Second Degree Members of Regnum Christi in Progress
A letter (attached below) from Father Sylvester Heereman, LC outlines the details.
The 1st and 2nd degree members of the Regnum Christi Movement (not the consecrated lay members) will take part in the process of reflection about their identity and regulations, much like the Legionaries of Christ and the consecrated members have done with the revision of the Constitutions and the revision and further development of the Statutes and rules. The objective is to elaborate a Statute for this specific vocation in the Regnum Christi Movement and to participate in the process of renewal that will culminate in a General Statute for the whole Regnum Christi Movement.
Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC, Vicar General of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, has recently sent a letter to all the 1st and 2nd degree members in which he explains more concretely how they will participate in this process of renewal. The main objective is that they revise the current Statutes (approved in 2004) and eventually write new Statutes. “The text is to reflect, in a few pages, their identity, how they understand and live the charism of Regnum Christi, the various forms of membership (degrees and levels), the commitments assumed upon incorporation, how they will work together with the other components of the Movement, etc.”, explains Fr. Sylvester Heereman in the letter.
In his letter, Fr. Sylvester explains three stages that the Pontifical Delegate has underlined:
- The first stage was one that “first led us to recognize and express the common charism of Regnum Christi,” expressed by the different vocations and ways of life in the Movement: religious priests (legionaries of Christ), diocesan priests, consecrated lay persons, and non-consecrated lay persons (celibate and married).
- The second and current stage is “the reflection of the diverse components on their own identity and regulation.” The legionaries have done this through the revision of the Constitutions. The consecrated members have done this through the elaboration of their own Statutes and regulations. Finally those members that form part of the 1st and 2nd degrees will join this effort and also finish their own Statutes.
- “Once this is done, we will be able to take the final step,” and begin the third stage: the overall juridical configuration of the whole Movement by means of a General Statute that will be submitted to the Holy See for final approval. This General Statute will then regulate the relation between each distinct vocation which, in turn, is based on the common charism of Regnum Christi. This same Statute will define what is common to the whole: charism, spirituality, mission, the governance of the apostolate, and administration.
How this revision will take place and how to complete the Statutes for 1st and 2nd degree members
In order to complete this process of revision, Fr. Sylvester has called for a meeting in Rome from the 6th to the 8th of June, in which representatives from the 1st and 2nd degrees of each territory will participate. During these meetings:
- a set of suggestions for the Statutes of the 1st and 2nd degree Regnum Christi members will be elaborated using the current Statutes (approved in 2004). These suggestions will be presented to the Pontifical Delegate who at that time will relate the next steps to be taken.
- there will be reflections on the findings that have been made in the territories about the Principles of the Charism of the Regnum Christi Movement. The final approval of a formulation of the charism will be deferred until the General Assembly, in which Legionaries, consecrated members, and 1st and 2nd degree members will participate. The functions of this General Assembly and the election of its members, however, have not yet been defined.
- These meetings will be presided by Fr. Sylvester as acting General Director. The general leadership of the consecrated members will also attend these meetings. There will also be an encounter with the Pontifical Delegate.
- Before concluding these meetings, a permanent commission to represent the 1st and 2nd degrees will be formed. Four participants in these meeting will be elected as members of this commission. The Pontifical Delegate has asked that this commission be formed, in order to ensure the active participation of representatives from the 1st and 2nd degrees in the elaboration of its own Statutes and the configuration and completion of the General Statute of the Regnum Christi Movement.
How the territorial representatives will be elected
The territorial director of the Legion of Christ and the territorial leadership of the consecrated members will establish the manner in which these representatives from the 1st and 2nd degrees will be elected. It is to be hoped that the final group of participants will include members from all the sections (men, women, and young men and young women), of every degree and level. Each territory will have a number of representatives according to the number of Regnum Christi members in the territory: Mexico and Monterrey (5 each); North America, Spain, Chile-Argentina, Venezuela- Colombia, Central and Western Europe (4 each); Italy and Brazil (3 each).
There will be a total of 36 representatives, preferably able to speak English and Spanish, known for their prudence and moral authority, who demonstrate fidelity to their commitments to God and the Movement, and inspire trust by their ability to relate, dialogue, listen, and work in a team.
An English translation of the letter is available here in pdf format.