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Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement

Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement

Regnum Christi is an apostolic movement at the service of mankind and the Church. It shares the charism of the priestly congregation, the Legionaries of Christ: to know, live, and preach the commandment of love that Christ the Redeemer gave us through his Incarnation. Regnum Christi is a movement for apostolate, a movement for evangelization, in which each member has decided to take seriously and responsibly the great missionary commandment that Christ gave to all those who call ourselves his followers. The Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi members want to preach the Gospel fearlessly throughout the world.

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Marcial Maciel

Foundation: Founded in Mexico in 1959.

Ecclesial Recognition: International Association of the Faithful; statutes given definitive approval by Holy See on November 26, 2004.

Membership: Present in 34 countries: Africa (1), Asia (1), Europe (14), Middle East (1), North America (7), Oceania (3) and South America (7).

Membership: about 70,000
- male/female
- lay/priests


Lay/Religious: lay

Individual/Community: Individual Commitment/Vows: Members participate under the spiritual guidance of the Legionaries of Christ.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Members wish to make the Gospel a reality in their own lives and in society, responding to the universal call to holiness and to the apostolate.

Apostolic commitments: Missions, the human and Christian promotion of the socially needy, the spread of Catholic doctrine, the education of young people, educational institutions, the advancement of the family and cooperation with diocesan priests.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Filial devotion to the Virgin Mary as the paramount example of a new humanity.
General Marian Characteristics: Imitation of Mary.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Daily prayer, frequent participation in the sacraments, weekly Bible study, periodic review of personal apostolic progress.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Members seek to become apostles ready to devote part or all of their time to announcing and spreading the Kingdom of God.


Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at:

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