|P. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC|
Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC, has been
elected General Director of the Legion of Christ.
He was elected,
along with other members of the central government of
the Legion, on January 20, 2014, during the course of
the ongoing Extraordinary General Chapter taking place in Rome.
The election was personally confirmed by
the Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, O.F.M., secretary of the
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of
Apostolic Life on February 6, 2014.
Along with his
election, the Vicar General, Fr. Juan José Arrieta, LC,
and one of the general councilors, Fr. Juan Sabadell, LC,
were named by the Holy See. Two more
general councilors, Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC, and Fr. Jesús Villagrasa,
LC, were elected by the chapter members. Fr. José
Gerardo Cárdenas Jiménez, LC, has been elected General Administrator.
Fr. Clemens Gutberlet, LC, has been elected General Procurator.
Here is a run-down of the
new central government:
- General Director: Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC.
- Vicar General: Fr. Juan José Arrieta, LC.
Councilor: Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC.
- General Councilor: Fr. Jesús
- General Councilor: Fr. Juan Sabadell, LC.
Administrator: Fr. José Gerardo Cárdenas, LC.
- General Procurator:
Fr. Clemens Gutberlet, LC.
Fr. Eduardo has exercised his ministry
principally in Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. He
has served as a director of several schools, as a
superior of several Legionary communities, as territorial administrator for
two years in Mexico and as a section director
of Regnum Christi, spiritual director and local coordinator of
apostolate. He helped found the Legion and Regnum Christi’s
presence in Brazil. In 2011, he was named to
the Outreach Commission created by Cardinal De Paolis to
work with the abuse victims of Fr. Marcial Maciel. He
began to serve as a major superior in the
Legion in August, 2013, when he assumed the post of
Territorial Director of Mexico.
“Since my ordination, I
have served in different parts of the world and in
different types of ministry: schools, family ministry, administration or
as a superior of a Legionary community,” Fr. Eduardo
recalls. “Now, I will have to get used to
The General Chapter published the announcement of the
election of the new central government simultaneously with the publishing
of a communiqué in which the members of
the chapter take a conclusive stance on Fr. Marcial
Maciel and on the path of renewal the Legion
of Christ has been travelling.
Fr. Eduardo summarized
the intention of this communiqué in the following way:
“The Chapter marks both an ending and a new
beginning. This is what many of the chapter fathers
feel and that’s how we have expressed it in the
chapter hall. But, so that it can truly be
a new beginning, it is necessary to put the
challenges of the past in their place. This is
why the Chapter decided to publish a statement for
the Legionaries, the members of Regnum Christi and for
all those who have been following our recent history.
We can’t erase the past. We have to learn the
lessons, mourn what occurred, trust in God’s mercy and,
like St. Paul, run forward in pursuit of the
goal of reaching Christ.”