As mentioned previously, the 3gf's are excited about their renewal:
Mater Ecclesiae College is being imbued with a spirit of renewal. This week eight of our faculty and staff will participate in the Territorial Assembly of the consecrated women of Regnum Christi as we prepare to present to our Holy Father our new statutes and rule of life. Renewal brings a fresh spirit of joy to our living of poverty, chastity and obedience in service to the Lord. The new understanding and appreciation of the spiritual family of Regnum Christi is giving vigor to our apostolic work throughout the country.
Young vocations discerning the call to consecrated life within Regnum Christi is one of the fruits of this renewal. Young women who feel called to consecrated life spend two full years at MEC dedicated to knowing Christ through prayer, an intense sacramental life and the study of scripture and the catechism. After this Initial Stage, young women begin studying for a Bachelors Degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies as they continue to discern. The Studies Stage is marked by making first temporal promises which are renewed after three years.
An "amplification" of their mission is here (and it should be noted that the Integral Formation (TM) established by MM is still the grounding of this "education.") Eleven women began the initial stage on 15 August, 2013. Three women have renewed those promises. Some random thoughts:
- Those eleven girls began the discernment process with no statutes in place, no completed review of the renewal process;
- Same with the three renewing their promises;
- This ignores the fundamental problem, in that there is no canonical place for these "promises," which are private and ultimately non-binding;
- All of the "renewal" that has taken place thus far was done WITHOUT access to the wealth of material provided by the Visitators' final report;
- The "spiritual family of Regnum Christi" is still without a stated charism, although somehow they now understanding it all better;
- The "spiritual family of Regnum Christi" is still tied to the Legion, which has not complete its reform, does not have a defined charism, does not have approved constitutions, and doesn't have a new leadership in place;
- Thus the eleven new recruits have joined a group without a firm identity, which would make the discernment process somewhat challenging;
- Two years of discernment BEFORE beginning college means that someone is supporting the young women to pray and study in a vaccuum -- or maybe more specificaly an echo chamber.
Prayers continue, since these are our sisters in Christ. We want them to discern in the most credible, beneficial atmosphere possible, and yet for all of the reasons stated above, that is not MEC.