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Regnum Christi NY is a mission team of Legionary of Christ priests and Regnum Christi consecrated & lay members providing retreats, formation and spiritual guidance for Catholic youth and adults in the NY tristate area.

Fr Shawn Aaron, LC
Fr Shawn Aaron, LC

Father Shawn grew up in Modesto, CA, and is the oldest of four children. He spent one year as a team leader for the National Evangelization Teams (NET) traveling the USA giving retreats to students. In 1991, he joined the Legion of Christ and was ordained to the priesthood in Rome, Italy, in 2002. He has degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome. He spent one year as the president of Southern Catholic College, in Dawsonville, GA. Fr. Shawn is presently living in Thornwood, NY and serving as Chaplain of Lumen Institute.

Fr Shawn Aaron, LC
Fr John Connor, LC

Fr. John Connor is from Severna Park, MD. He is the youngest of eight children, five girls and three boys. Fr. John is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, where he received a Bachelors in Finance. Before entering the seminary, he worked briefly in the financial services industry with the firm Legg, Mason, Wood & Walker. He was ordained to the priesthood on January 2, 2001, after receiving degrees in humanities from the Center for Humanities and Science in Salamanca, Spain, and degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Fr. John has worked in several different areas in his priestly ministry from retreat director/spiritual director, development director, Lumen Institute chaplain, to Local Coordinator of Apostolate (LCA) and others. He currently is director of Institutional Advancement for the Legion and Regnum Christi in North America and also LCA of Regnum Christi Movement in the Tristate area. .

Fr Edward Hopkins, LC
Fr Edward Hopkins, LC
Fr Edward was born and raised in Cazenovia, NY. He entered the Legion of Christ in 1980 after graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in California with a degree in Liberal arts. Fr Edward studied Humanities in Salamanca, Spain, Philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome and Theology at the Angelicum, University of St. Thomas in Rome. He was ordained with a group of 60 Legionaries of Christ, (including 2 of his brothers: Peter and John), by John Paul II on January 3rd 1991. Before coming to NY Fr Edward worked in St Louis and the surrounding region with the formation of lay apostles, in youth and family life apostolates. Fr Edward is presently the Section Director for the men and women Sections in the New York and Bridgeport dioceses.

Anthony Macdonnell
Anthony Macdonnell, consecrated member in Regnum Christi
Tony was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and is the fourth of eight children. He graduated from Dalhousie University. In 1995 Tony was invited by the Legionaries of Christ to found a missionary organization in Bethesda, MD called Mission Youth. He spent 10 years organizing, training and forming high school and college students in the art of humanitarian and evangelization outreach missions. In 1997 Tony became a Consecrated layman in the Regnum Christi Movement. He recently finished his Masters in Theology through Holy Apostles seminary. His thesis focused on the integral formation of Catholic youth in light of the New Evangelization called for by John Paul II. Tony was recently named the Director of Religious Education for St. Peter and Paul parish in Mount Vernon, NY.

Fr Jason Smith, LC
Fr Jason Smith, LC

Fr Jason was ordained in Rome on December 23, 2006 by Cardinal Franc Rode, after receiving a degree in the humanities from the Center of Humanities and Sciences in Cheshire, CT and degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Fr Jason is originally from Forest Lake, Minnesota and has a younger brother who was ordained to the priesthood with the Legionaries of Christ last December. Since ordination Fr Jason has dedicated his priesthood to the Catholic formation of youth in the New York and Bridgeport dioceses and is currently also assisting with the adult formation in the tristate area.

To contact mission team members
email info@loveyourmission.org or call 914 244 3685
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