The Legionaries of Christ are a religious Congregation of priests of pontifical right founded in 1941 in Mexico. Our religious family is made up of priests and students for the priesthood. Members of our Congregation include 3 bishops, 953 priests, 932 religious in formation and novices, and 954 candidates and minor seminarians.
We aspire to make Jesus Christ the center, standard and example of our lives. Extending Christ’s Kingdom is the ideal that inspires and nourishes our spiritual and apostolic efforts. We foster a heartfelt love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, promoting devotion to her and imitating her virtues. We strive to live out a personal love for the Church and an unconditional adherence to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ, and to the College of Bishops.
The general fields in which we carry out our pastoral activity are education, missions of evangelization, attention to the underprivileged and works of Christian charity, ongoing formation for diocesan priests, mass media, and family and youth ministry. In all of our institutions and apostolates we seek to awaken in Christians an awareness of their calling to holiness, to apostolate and to being active members in their parishes and in the Church, as well as energetic and joyful spreaders of Christ´s message in the society.
We carry out our pastoral activity particularly with the lay and consecrated members of the Regnum Christi Movement. Together, Legionaries and Regnum Christi members comprise a single spiritual family, sharing the same charism and mission. Legionaries support Regnum Christi members in their formation, serve them with our priestly ministry, and work with them in the apostolate. In the Diocese of Hamilton, five members of our community assist in local parishes and schools where we offer youth programs.