RCLIFE 101: An Introduction to Spiritual Exercises
Getting the most from your annual retreat
The goal of this course is to help you get the most out of your annual retreat not just once a year, but all year round. Preachers and spiritual guides help you go deeper through the following topics:
- The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.
- The dynamics of the spiritual exercises, particularly the stages and weeks that are followed.
- Desires of the heart and their role in the spiritual life.
- Discernment and its role in our lives to help become good discerners.
- The Examen of Consciousness prayer as a way to help grow in daily awareness of the voice of God in your heart and respond with greater love and gratitude.
- Some practical tips on how to continue living the spiritual exercises after returning home and incorporate spiritual practices into daily life in order to hear the voice of God throughout the year.
Fr Owen Kearns, LC
Fr. Owen hails from Dublin, Ireland. He joined the Legion in 1966 after secondary school and studied in Salamanca and Rome. He has been a vocation director, a professor of humanities, editor of the National Catholic Register as well as Faith and Family Magazine. In 2012 and 2013 he went with Fr. Patrick Langan on the Charism Tour, engaging Regnum Christi members around the world, at the invitation of the communities and sections on The Quest for the Core of the Regnum Christi Charism. He currently serves as chaplain to the consecrated women and the Regnum Christi adult sections in Dallas, Texas.
Fr Anthony Sortino, LC
Fr. Anthony was born April 2, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when he was nine, where his family still lives. As a teenager he became involved with the confirmation program and later with Life Teen Core Team, discovering his vocation working with youth and families. After a few years studying architecture and studio arts at Arizona State University, he joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1994 part of the Regnum Christi family. He received his bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology at the Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He also completed a year of classical studies of Latin, Greek and the Liberal Arts in Salamanca, Spain. As an intern he spent three years in Córdoba, Argentina. He was a seminary instructor in Rome and Cheshire, CT and served as Vice Rector of the Center for Higher Studies in New York. He has ministered to the faithful as spiritual director and retreat director over the last several years in Washington DC, Raleigh NC, and Dallas, Texas. Fr Anthony currently resides in San Jose, California, and serves as a board member for Canyon Heights Academy, a Regnum Christi preK-8 school. He also serves as chaplain for the Young Catholic Professionals of Silicon Valley and as the chaplain of the Catholic Googlers.
Monica Trevino, CRC
Monica Treviño is a lay woman who has consecrated her life to God through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience since 1993. She has a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and is a certified Spiritual Director through the Oblates of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is an author, speaker, retreat leader, and spiritual director. With 21 years of experience in the United States, she currently serves in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston forming Christian leaders by accompanying women as a spiritual director, preaching retreats, and giving formation courses.
Christine Doran is 21-year-old native of Alberta, Canada. She has been a Regnum Christi member since 2017. Christine gave a year to serve the Church with Regnum Christi Mission Corps in Atlanta, GA, and is now in her second year of a nursing degree at the University of Calgary.
Alex Kucera lives in Gainesville, GA, and has spent the last 46 years in the Atlanta metro area, married to Karmen for 7 years. They have 3 daughters ranging in ages from 23-27, two are married, one is single, He currently has one grandson. Professionally, Alex spent many years providing surgical instruments and knowledge share to surgeons for operating room procedures. For the last 22 years Alex provided software to companies across the US. I’ve been blessed to be a part of the Regnum Christi family for the last 15 years spending many years as the Men’s Associate Section Director, Group Leader, Team Leader, and Mission Coordinator for the Atlanta section. I have a deep passion to support Christ, his people, the Church, and Regnum Christi!