Help Available For Parents

Preventing Uninformed Recruitment to LC and RC
By Regain Staff


With the arrival of the summer months, the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi begin various recruitment programs including candidacies, summer camps at apostolic schools and pre candidacies. We even urge parents of those close to ordination to contact us. All is not lost for them, nor is all hope lost for any LC religious or priest or consecrated member of the Regnum Chrisit. You can help. Your efforts can make a difference.

The members of the ReGAIN Network encourage anyone in need of information or assistance, including parents and relatives, to contact us as soon as possible to protect your loved ones.

Use contact function on blue menu on home page.

For personal contacts in English see Help Available on the main page

For Spanish Speakers
Paul Lennon, MA

Glenn Favreau
202 276 9404

Juan Jose Vaca

For French Speakers
(en franÇais)
Annick Stevenson


WE SUGGEST YOU STUDY Coping with Cult Involvement, A Handbook for Families and Friends

Students have the right to inspect, review and receive copies of college transcripts

Students have the right to inspect, review and receive copies of college transcripts

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
In light of the many complaints received from ex members who experience long delays, errors, false promises, and mistaken information when requesting college and university transcripts from the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi and their associated colleges and universities, ReGAIN offers the following US Federal Law in this matter:

Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are eligible students.

Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • Accrediting organizations;
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, directory information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information or technical assistance, you may call (202) 260-3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Or you may contact us at the following address:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202:5920

Help Available

Now that Fr. Maciel, the Founder of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement has been disciplined by the Vatican on charges of sexual abuse, and even though the Legion uses this fact to claim that he is even more holy, we offer our assistance during this period of inevitable fall-out in the Legion and the Regnum Christi. We reach out to all those concerned, and encourage anyone to contact us who needs assistance, even parents of those who are close to ordination. All is not lost for your loved ones.


“Coping with Cult Involvement, A Handbook for Families and Friends”
by Livia Bardin
go to CONTACT ReGAIN bottom left homepage


 Former Legionaries:

  • New York City area
    Juan Jose Vaca
  • Washington, DC Metro Area
    Glenn Favreau
    cell 202 276 9404
  • Washington, DC, Metro Area [MD & VA] 
    J. Paul Lennon, MA
  • California area
    Kevin Fagan
  • Atlanta area 
    Edward Fink
    ex apostolic and pre candidate
  • Ireland 
    Aaron Loughrey

Former RC Consecrated:

  • Marita La Palm

Former RC members:

  • Genevieve Kineke
  • Annick Stevenson
  • Ruth Heer
    (former instructor of Familia)

New York, NY
Diocesan Priest, PhD., Psychologist
[not xLC or LC affiliated]
will work with xLCs pro bono
We also recommend expert exit counselor CAROL GIAMBALVO’s home page for resources: readings, retreats, support groups, etc.

Home Page:

ICSA Director of Recovery Workshops

Thought Reform Consultant

President, reFOCUS:
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2180, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Phone: 386-439-7541 Fax: 386-439-7537

N.B. Carol’s sensitive use of the word ‘cult’ refers to a very wide range of potentially damaging, including Religious, or even Catholic, organizations.
In the Diocese of Tyler, Texas
victims of abuse of any kind by the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi and/or anyone who may have been hurt or abused by a priest, deacon, religious, or anyone working in the name of the Church. The Promoter of Justice, Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, serves as victim assistance coordinator, confidential phone line (903) 266-2159.

A privately owned page for outreach to Ex Regnum Christi Members:

Hope for the Abused

Victims, false-memory syndrome, recovery.

By Richard Simon
Editor, Psychotherapy Networker, July/August, 2003

Hope For The Abused

Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with psychotherapy. Certainly, therapy in its own way embodies one of the central promises of American democracy. After all, what other profession is more committed to the pursuit of happiness@ At the same time, especially over the past 20 years of so, psychotherapy has been one of society’s favorite whipping boys vilified as the main promoter of the abuse excuse which has turned too many people away from the bedrock American virtue of personal responsibility and created monsters of self-indulgence and whiny self-pity.

This polarization reached its zenith (or nadir) during the vitriolic debate over recovered memories of sexual abuse during the early 90s. Survivors regarded therapists as their best friends and saviors, the only ones who believed their stories and would help them recover. But an indignant chorus of critical voices – notably the False Memory Syndrome Foundation – accused therapists of manipulating clients into manufacturing their own abuse histories and creating a culture of victimhood.

Newly sensitive to the widespread incidence and damaging impact of child sex abuse, therapists tended to focus almost exclusively on the their patients’ suffering – often encouraging endless reliving of old traumas and reinforcing in survivors the sense that they were deeply, perhaps irremediably, wounded. But today, a dozen years down the line, therapist and the recovery movement itself have grown wiser about the perils of perpetually re-experiencing old injuries. We now know that the self-defined identity of survivor, – necessary early in the recovery process – can become a straitjacket if maintained too long. Nobody knows this better than Laura Davis, coauthor of The Courage to Heal – the bible of the recovery movement. As Davis puts it, Eventually, identifying oneself as a survivor is like wearing a sweater that is too small, and you need to take it off, to stand up and say, – I am responsible for my own life, for what I do and what I am..

Nobody here is suggesting a return to the old conspiracy of ignorance and silence. But what all the authors agree upon is that even deeply wounded survivors have the capacity to transcend their wounds; even the most divided families can find some way to reconnect. As Dusty Miller writes, The ripples that flow outward from every traumatic event do not have to sink us, define us, or assign us a spoiled identity. Victim ‘ describes a specific moment in time, not a permanent self-definition.

Workshop: Recovery Newsletter Jan. / Feb. 2004

Welcome to the Vol. 5, No. 1, January/February 2004 edition of the reFOCUS Forum: An Internet Newsletter for Recovery

reFOCUS is: …a network of referral and support for former members of closed, high demand groups, relationships or cults.

reFOCUS is dedicated to the recovery of former members…please visit our web site at

We are a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation – all contributions to reFOCUS are 100% tax deductible. Because reFOCUS is dedicated to recovery, we are looking for suggestions and input from you: are there articles or topics you want to see covered? Are there questions you need answered? Email us at or
Conferences and Workshops:
AFF (American Family Foundation), with the co-sponsorship of ESAMA (Edmonton Society Against Mind Abuse), will conduct an international conference, “Understanding Cults and Other Charismatic Groups,” to be held Friday 9:00 a.m. through Saturday 9:00 p.m., June 11-12, 2004 at the University of Alberta Conference Center at Lister Center (87 Avenue and 116 Street in Edmonton). The theme of the conference is The Violation of Innocence – How Cults Abuse Children. There will be pre-conference workshops on Thursday June 10th for former group members, mental health professionals, and family members of cultists.

AFF executive director Dr. Michael Langone, who also edits the organization’s Cultic Studies Review, says that AFF conferences typically include an interesting mix of ex-members, family members, helping professionals, and researchers. The conference will have three simultaneous tracks addressing the different needs and interests of these four groups. There will be more than 50 presenters.

Among the titles of sessions are:

  • Polygamy’s Impact on Children;
  • Born or Raised in Cults;
  • Transformational Leadership and the Promotion of Core Values in the Workplace: A Recipe for Corporate Cultism;
  • The Neurobiology of Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Application to Child Maltreatment;
  • A Panel of Former Members Discuss Child Abuse and Authoritarianism in Cults;
  • Women and Violence: The Conviction of a Canadian Charismatic Leader;
  • Children in the Unification Church;
  • The Role of New Religions in Legitimating National Socialism in Germany, 1920-1945;
  • The John De Ruiter Story from a New Perspective;
  • Cults and Religious Privileges Under Charity Law in England and Australia;
  • Altered States of Consciousness, Hypnosis, and Mind Control;
  • After the Cult: Who am I? and
  • Brainwashing, Undue Influence, and the Law.

A complete list of session titles and speakers, as well as online registration forms, can be found at AFF’s online bookstore (  click on “Conferences” and follow the hyperlinks). Interested persons may also directly contact AFF (P.O. Box 2265, Bonita Springs, Florida – 239-541-3081; to register or obtain a conference brochure.

Recovery Workshop for Former Group Members
Friday 3:00 p.m. July 23, 2004 to Sunday 3:00 p.m. July 25, 2004

St. Malo Retreat and Conference Center, Estes Park, Colorado (1 hr. NW of Denver) These workshops are for former group members only, not family or friends (AFF has other workshops for these persons.)

Topics discussed typically include:

  • the nature of psychological manipulation and abuse
  • coping with depression and guilt
  • effects of hypnosis and trance techniques
  • coping with feelings of anger
  • coping with anxiety
  • decision-making
  • dependency issues
  • reestablishing trust in yourself and others
  • the grieving process
  • reintegration/identity issues

About the Facility
Nestled at the foot of Mt. Meeker in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Saint Malo Center is truly a memorable location for this workshop. It is just minutes from Estes Park, one of Colorado’s most popular mountain communities and gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a 60-90 minute drive from Denver.

Interested persons may also directly contact AFF (P.O. Box 2265, Bonita Springs, Florida – 239-541-3081; to register or obtain a workshop flyer.

Important new information regarding this recovery workshop:
reFOCUS is happy to be able to make available the Herb Rosedale Memorial Scholarship fund for one or two former members who would not otherwise be able to attend the workshop. The scholarship will cover tuition, room and board. The recipient would need to be responsible for their transportation costs. Those interested in applying for this scholarship should send an email to

Research Project

Attention Former Members:
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. My name is Courtney and I am a doctoral student in the field of clinical psychology. I am writing my dissertation on the topic of cults. As a result, I am seeking former cult members to interview for this study in regards to their experience of belonging to and leaving a cult. Your identity would remain anonymous throughout participation in this study and as the results of it are discussed. If interested in participating, you will need to answer some questions in regards to your experience in a cult so that I can determine if you are suitable to engage in the study. Interviews will be conducted over the phone. If you think you may be interested in participating in this study, please email me at If you don’t mind my calling you over the phone to ask you the screening questions, please send me your preferred phone number. Otherwise, screening questions can be asked over email. Thank you for your time.

Comments, questions, and suggestions: email us!
reFOCUS, P.O. Box 2180, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 904-439-7541
Web site:

The reFOCUS Board of Directors consists of:
Carol Giambalvo, President/Secretary
Rick Seelhoff, Vice President
Mary Krawiec, Treasurer
David Clark
Maureen Griffo
Nancy Miquelon
Vanessa Weber
Advisor: Madeleine Tobias

Email: or