On October 19, 2015, the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi (Jennifer Ristine and Christiane Esser) moved into their new house at Magdala. A dilapidated structure located on the southeast corner of the property was used and reconstructed in order to provide a simple home for these women who have been serving at Magdala for over a year now and who are an important part of the future.
Women are an integral part of the Magdala project and always have been part of Fr. Juan Solana’s vision for this holy site. It is a natural fit to have the Consecrated Women as part of the Magdala staff, since they and the Legionaries of Christ are part of the same charismatic and spiritual family – the Regnum Christi Movement.
The life of a consecrated woman in Regnum Christi is eminently Christ-centered. She lives her life imbued with the experience of the personal, real, passionate and faithful love of Christ. Responding to God’s call, consecrated women, out of love, freely embrace the evangelical counsels through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They live in community, which allows them to open themselves to be enriched by women of other cultures, languages, backgrounds and personalities, and give witness to the charity lived by the first Christian communities.
While not excluding any particular type of apostolate, consecrated women of Regnum Christi offer the Church a form of evangelization according to their charism. They fulfill their evangelizing effort especially by proclaiming the faith; by educating; by pastoral work with children, youth and families; by evangelizing culture; through formation of the woman; through formation of consecrated persons and by works of Christian charity.
Here at Magdala they will be a welcoming, peaceful, and consoling presence for the many pilgrims and visitors who come to the shores of Galilee.