|The novitiate in Ireland.|
In April of 1960, the Legion of Christ opened its
first house in Bundoran, County Donegal, preparing the land for
a new novitiate on Irish soil. On June 3rd of
1962, thanks to the support of the Holy See’s Nuncio
in Ireland, Bishop Antonio Riberi, and the benevolence of the
archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, the novitiate was inaugurated
in Hazelbrook House, Malahide. The current Legionary novitiate has been
located since 1968 on the Leopardstown road in the suburb
of Foxrock, Dublín.
In those days, Ireland’s Catholic tradition offered
a very favorable environment for the formation of future priests
and consecrated souls. For this reason, the first formation center
for the consecrated women of the Regnum Christi Movement was
opened in Dublin in the first months of 1970.
the 1970s, the first language academies of the Legion were
founded: first came Dublin Oaks Academy for boys, followed by
its sister school for girls, Woodlands Academy, which was located
in the same city. Since then, the Legionaries in Ireland
have worked in clubs for teenagers and with Regnum Christi
teams for youth and adults.
The project of founding
a school for Irish children took a long time to
materialize. The moment finally arrived in the year 2000 when
they opened the Oakhill Junior School in the locality of
Foxrock, Dublin. The school opened with great success, offering pre-school
up to third grade.
At this time, the Legionaries and
Regnum Christi members working in Ireland have developed other apostolates
like the “Dal Riada” Center for Integral Development of the
Family, which offers tools for family development in all its
dimensions. Recently, they have also launched the "K4J" (Kids for
Jesus) magazine of NET. The purpose of this program is
to form and build up children’s clubs in Christian and
families. They have also created the “Clonlost” Activities Center in
Dublin, where youth and teenagers can receive academic and spiritual
guidance in a healthy atmosphere.
For more information, contact:
Christ and Regnum Christi
Foxrock, Dublin 18