OF REGNUM CHRISTI IN HOUSTON
WHO WE ARE
We, Consecrated Women, are a part of a worldwide Catholic movement called Regnum Christi, Latin for “the Kingdom of Christ”. Regnum Christi exists to help laypeople live out their Baptismal call to holiness and mission. Regnum Christi comprises lay people (single and married), priests (The Legion of Christ), Lay Consecrated Men, and us, the lay Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi.
Being consecrated to God means God has set us apart, living a lifestyle that differs from the ordinary lay lifestyle. We embrace evangelical poverty, obedience, and chastity while living in a community with a local and regional superior. We have communities in over 26 countries. Locally, we are 9 Consecrated Women and 3 college missionaries serving the greater Houston area.
Katie Tuttle is from Columbus, Ohio, and in 2003 Consecrated her life to God. She arrived to Houston in 2016, where she serves in young adult ministry and vocation ministry here in Houston. She enjoys eating a substantial breakfast, many sports, and outdoor adventures, especially the adventure of a mission trip.
Born in Mexico City, Patricia answered God’s call to consecrated life in Regnum Christi on August 15th, 1985. Patricia has many gifts. One of them is her doctoral thesis centered on the doctrine of human love in the thought of Thomas Aquinas and Edith Stein. Patricia loves her family, nature, music and watercolor painting. She arrived at the Houston community in 2015 where she supports the pastoral ministry with women, spiritual direction, and retreats.
Ale Zapata is from Cancun, Mexico, and consecrated her life to Jesus in 2009. As a teen, she was an ECYD member, and later on, she also became an RC member. After her studies in Rhode Island, she worked in Ireland. Since then, she has worked with the youth in Atlanta and Michigan. Ale is new to the community and happy to work with the youth.
Charlene Alexander has been consecrated since 1998. Giving women spiritual direction and accompaniment is her main ministry. She is passionate about marriage and the spiritual life and recently completed an extensive certification program through the Theology of the Body Institute in Aston, PA. Charlene’s “happy place” is living a family spirit in community life and teamwork in ministry. She enjoys using her former profession as a hair designer to cut hair for the consecrated women besides making flower arrangements for the chapel, cooking, swimming, playing board games, and walking in nature.
Cristina Villaseñor was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In 1998, she joined The Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi. She has 21 years of experience working with adolescents in different countries: Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and now in The United States. Throughout all these years she frequently directed summer camps, volunteer programs, and formation courses, during which she dedicated much of her time to personal accompaniment to the adolescents.
Angie Hilbun is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In her early college years, Angie volunteered in National Evangelization Teams in Australia. Shortly after, drawn to the evangelizing characteristic of Regnum Christi, she joined the RC Young Women’s College Team at LSU in 1999 and the year 2000, became consecrated to God. She currently ministers to college students and young professionals in Houston. Angie received a bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences and Pastoral Studies from the Anahuac University, a bachelor's degree in Religious Sciences from Regina Apostolorum, and a master's degree in Theology. She specializes in consecrated life, spiritual direction, and the 19th Annotation of Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Angie’s preferred place to be is enjoying a relaxing community day outdoors or on retreat, playing sports, and being with friends and family.
Monica Trevino, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, consecrated her life to Jesus in 1993 and is now serving as a spiritual director for married women in Houston. She recently graduated summa Cum Laude from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, graduating with a MA in Theological Studies with a concentration in consecrated life. She enjoys walking in nature, especially seeing sunsets, reading, and photography.
Jill Swallow grew up in a family of five in the small town of Versailles, Ohio where she was involved in parish youth group, marching band, cheerleading, student council, and various choirs. She studied Early Childhood Education at Miami University in Oxford for two years and then perceived a call from God to total consecration and missionary work. Jill spent the first eight years of her consecrated life at Mater Ecclesia College in Rhode Island (a formation center for consecrated women), as both a student and a dean of students for the freshman and sophomore classes. When she wasn’t studying or running activities, Jill was busy directing the choir and recording music CDs! Prior to her assignment in Houston, Jill served within ECYD and Regnum Christi in the Ohio Valley and as Formation Director at Everest Collegiate High School and Academy in Clarkston, Michigan.
Catherine Macora has been consecrated to God in Regnum Christi for 24 years. She is from Austin, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in journalism. Catherine also acquired her Bachelors of Educational Sciences and Pastoral Studies from the Anahuac University. During her consecrated life she has worked at Regnum Christi schools in Spain and the USA while offering spiritual formation to all ages but predominantly young adults and married women. Catherine is a trained spiritual guide.