Rome, November 22, 2010. Over the past several months, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the pontifical delegate for the Legionaries of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement, together with the Legionaries’ general council, has been examining, among other things, how the congregation’s governing bodies work, so that they exercise their authority in the best possible way.
In this context, the Legion’s general secretariat announced today the following decisions and appointments:
1) Temporary expansion of the general council
Since the task of revising the constitutions that the Legionaries of Christ must undertake is so important, the congregation’s religious and priests will be given greater representation in the general council. In accord with the authority that the Holy Father has granted him (see no. 1 of the decree from the Secretary of State dated July 9, 2010), Cardinal De Paolis has overruled, on a one-time basis, the canons of the constitutions of the Legionaries of Christ stipulating the number of general councilors, so that there will be seven members of the general council instead of five. Cardinal De Paolis will name the two new general councilors at the beginning of 2011 after consulting all priests and all religious who have made their final vows or their first renewal of temporary vows.
2) Appointment of a new territorial director for Italy
In order to respect with greater clarity the distinction between governance on the general level and that on the territorial level, Fr Alvaro Corcuera, with the consent of his council, has named Fr Oscar Nader, LC, territorial director for Italy. He will begin his term on December 24, 2010, succeeding Fr Luis Garza, LC, who will continue to serve as vicar general and as the general director’s delegate to the Regnum Christi consecrated women.
Fr Oscar Nader, LC, was born on December 23, 1958, in Monterrey, Mexico. He entered the Legionaries of Christ on September 15, 1976, and made his religious profession on September 15, 1978. He was ordained on December 24, 1986. He has been a member of the formation team of the Legionaries’ Center for Higher Studies in Rome since 1986, functioning as the rector of Section C for most of that time. Since 2005 he has been, in addition, a territorial councilor for Italy.
The new rector for Section C of the Center for Higher Studies in Rome will be Fr Timothy Mulcahey, LC.
3) Appointment of a new general dean of studies
Likewise, Fr Corcuera, in the presence of his council and Cardinal De Paolis, appointed Fr José Enrique Oyarzún, LC, as the new general dean of studies, a post held up to now by Fr Garza, LC.
Fr Jose Enrique Oyarzun, LC, was born in Illapel, Chile, on January 9, 1970. He entered the congregation on March 22, 1987, made his religious profession on March 26, 1989, and was ordained on December 22, 2001. A doctor in dogmatic theology, he has worked in the Legionaries’ general secretariat since 2001 and has been the general directorate’s dean of studies since 2003. Since 2008, he has worked in the general dean of studies’ office and has taught dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College. His work as general dean of studies will consist in helping the general director and his council in everything relating to studies, ongoing formation, and the doctrinal integrity of the congregation’s members.
We thank God for the Church’s close assistence of the pontifical delegate and for the steps that are being taken along the path that the Holy Father has marked out. We ask our readers to pray with us for these priests as they seek to serve the Church and the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in their new positions.