Regnum Christi shares the spirituality and working principles of the Legionaries of Christ, a religious congregation of priests and men preparing for the priesthood. The Regnum Christi family includes consecrated members, laypeople, diocesan priests and permanent deacons. It numbers about 30,000 people worldwide.
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In our locality we are blessed for having a community of Legionaries of Christ motivated by the desire to know, love and serve Christ through service in local schools and parishes throughout Ontario. They are:
Fr. Thomas Murphy, LC
Father Thomas Murphy, LC was born on March 24th, 1979, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. In the fall of 1996, he entered the Legion of Christ’s Immaculate Conception Apostolic School which, at the time, was located in Cheshire, Connecticut. After graduating for the apostolic school, he became a novice of the Legion of Christ in 1997. He professed the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the fall of 1999. Father Thomas received his philosophy degree at the Legion of Christ Center for Higher studies in Thornwood, New York. He completed his theological studies at Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. Father Thomas was ordained a priest on December 12th, 2009. He has been carrying out his priestly work in Ontario since his ordination dedicating his time to full time youth ministry.
Fr. Todd Arsenault, LC
Father Todd Arsenault, LC is a priest with the religious congregation “Legionaries of Christ”. He was raised the son of a RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) in Nova Scotia and then, later in his mid-teens, moved to his parents birthplace of Prince Edward Island where his father is now a dairy farmer. His parents are both very active members in the Church. He also has 2 younger sisters. He entered the Legionaries of Christ in the summer of 1994 at the noviciate in Cheshire, Connecticut and did his first 8 years of seminary training in the USA and Canada before completing his final 3 years of theology studies in Rome at Regina Apostolorum University in preparation for priestly ordination. He was ordained on December 24, 2005 in Rome, Italy at the Legionaries of Christ Seminary Chapel by Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico City. In 2006 Fr Todd was assigned to both the GTA and Syracuse, NY to do youth work and help with the spiritual formation of men in the Regnum Christi Movement. In 2009 he began full time ministry in the GTA assisting with the Regnum Christi Movement’s development as a spiritual director, retreat master, assisting with couple’s groups through Familia Canada and offering spiritual assistance to young adults. On weekends he ministers at various parishes throughout the Hamilton diocese.
Fr. Thomas Flynn, LC
Fr. Thomas Flynn was born on April 7, 1980 in Washington, D.C. He grew up in a Catholic family: his two parents, and two older brothers. After attending a public high school in Bethesda, Maryland he entered the Candidacy program of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut. He did his novitiate and Liberal Arts studies in Cheshire, and his undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He received his Licentiate in Philosophy at the same university. From 2003-2006 he completed his internship as a part of the formation team at the seminary of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire. His ordination to the priesthood was conferred by Cardinal Velasio de Paolis on December 12, 2011 at St. John Lateran’s Basilica in Rome. After his ordination, he was sent to do youth work in Detroit, Michigan for one year, and Atlanta, Georgia for three years. He is serving as chaplain of the men and women in Regnum Christi, as well as, assisting with parishes in the Hamilton diocese.
Fr. Pierre Caouette, LC
Fr. Pierre is originally from Québec and has two younger sisters. He joined the seminary in Ontario at the age of 18. After twelve years of formation which brought him to Connecticut, New York, Cornwall and Rome, he was ordained a priest on December 24th, 2010. He was ordained with 60 other Legionaries, including his cousin Fr. Janick to whom he was very close during his youth and still is today.
After his priestly ordination, Fr Pierre stayed two more years in Rome to finish his studies. At his first assignment he went to join the Legionary community in Montréal, QC, where he was named associate pastor along with Fr Louis de Vaugelas LC – Fr Pierre Desroches, a diocesan priest, was their pastor. During those three years, he gave particular attention to youth and family ministry. In the summer of 2015 he was transferred to the legionary community of Oakville, ON, where he does youth work in team with Fr Thomas and the brothers.
Br. Luke Gill, LC
Brother Luke Gill was born on October 20, 1988 in Richmond, Virginia. He is the third of six children. The summer of 2008, after studying Biology for one year at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, Brother Luke heard Christ’s call and entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, CT. He professed his vows of poverty, chastity and obedience two years later. Brother Luke received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy after three years of studies in Rome. Since the summer of 2015, he has been a member of the Legionary community in Oakville and of the ECyD youth work team serving the youth of the GTA.