On February 23-25, Catholic families from all over the state of Florida gathered at Reunion Resort for the 2018 Florida Regnum Christi Convention. This convention was for the entire family. The parents had their own conferences, workshops, prayer time, holy hour, daily Mass, and confession. Meanwhile, the girls had a Challenge retreat, the boys had a Conquest retreat, and the younger kids had fun doing arts and crafts, playtime, and their own prayer time. Everyone that attended had the chance to grow in their faith, meet new friends, reconnect to old friends, and discover how God wants them to spread the Word of God.
Meaning “The Kingdom of Christ” in Latin, Regnum Christi is a Catholic movement that promotes the Catholic Faith. It is made up of four vocations: Legionaries of Christ (priestly congregation), Consecrated Women, Lay Consecrated Men and Lay Members. Regnum Christi has a Christ-centered spirituality with a mission to build the kingdom of Christ. It is made up of 30,000 members throughout 38 countries who are working to share Christ’s love to people, form them as apostles and launch them in their God-given mission to build the Kingdom of Christ.
The girls’ retreat (Challenge) and the boys’ retreat (Conquest) come from an organization called Encounter Conviction Your Decisions. ECYD branches off of Regnum Christi. Joseph, 15, who participated in the conquest retreat shared, “I liked doing Conquest with the other boys my age, hearing the awesome talks by Brother Michael and the other RC missionaries, and being able to go to confession.”
When an ECYD member gets to a certain age they can become a part of Regnum Christi. Lauren, 17, who was incorporated into Regnum Christi at the closing Mass said, “The Challenge retreat at the convention, put on by the inspiring missionaries and consecrated women, really enkindled the fire of our charism in my heart! I felt so encompassed by the love of this great, big spiritual family!”
Regnum Christi member, Debbie, summed up the weekend saying, “This family weekend conference was a wonderful reunion of our statewide Regnum Christi family. We spent time praying, resting, talking and reconnecting with each other. We leave excited and reenergized to go out and share this beautiful love we have for Christ with those we encounter.”
Article written by Caitlyn, a seventh grade student at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, Winter Park.