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UNITED STATES

The presence of the RM in the United States arrived thanks to the interest of a sister, member of the Secular Order of the Servants of the fraternity of "Salve Regina" in the Parish of St. Philip Benizi in Fullerton, California.

This sister has long sought information on the consecration in the world, but with a Marian spirituality. Due to this, during an Assembly of the Servite Family in the USA, which took place from April 24 to 26, 2009 in the House of Spirituality of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, she was able to meet a member of Regnum Mariae who had been invited as keynote speaker during this Assembly. The theme was "Celebrating our past - Creating Our Future." It was a lecture on the origins and spirituality of the Order of Servants of Mary, but also on each of the branches of the Servite Family present all over the world.

After the meeting, this sister has had the opportunity to ask all the information about the Secular Institute Regnum Mariae. Since then began a steady epistolary communication with two sisters in Italy, and in the words of the same sister "destiny helped me, because that year, for personal reasons, one of them had to pay a visit in June to her niece who was studying and working at the University of Irvine, California. So, I learned that there was another RM sister from the Philippines who was living in Seattle since a couple of years".

The following year was organized a meeting of information-formation with the two sisters coming from Italy, with the RM Filipino sister resident in the US and with the new candidate. Together they lived a spiritual retreat in Orange, California. Since then, each year there is a meeting with the sisters in the United States for formation and vocational promotion of the RM presence in other US states. This, also under request of the friars, the Sisters Servants of Mary of the three congregations in the US, and of the OSSM fraternities.

In September 2010, was appointed an OSM Local Assistant for Regnum Mariae to follow closely these sisters, but two years after this friar was transferred to a community in Colombia. In this way, another servant of Mary, then OSM Secretary General for the Lay Groups, has been appointed as Local Assistant.

In 2012, there was the introduction of another young woman who lives in the State of Connecticut to begin the process of discernment of her call. The promotion made especially by the Servite Family in the US has led to the arrival of another young girl living in Florida, who joined us in June 2013.

Precisely in June 2013, all sisters gathered for the first time in Portland, Oregon, in the Servite Shrine 'The Grotto' to celebrate the first vows of our sister who has promoted the presence of RM in the USA.

Today the sisters who continue the journey in the RM are three and there are some people in research who want to know more about us. Despite huge distances among them (Florida - Southeast, California-Southwest, Seattle -Northwest, and Chicago- Centre-North, where the Local Assistant is part of the Servite community), they help themselves with technology; they meet frequently by videoconference and maintain contact through the media. Despite this geographic reality, they manage to get together at least once a year in one central location (usually Chicago) for an annual retreat, for personal and group formation, and of course, to deepen the fraternity, mutual understanding and the spirituality of the RM and of Secular Institutes and to pray and share moments with the Community of the Servants of Mary.