ROSEMARY Streckfuss, a consecrated member of Regnum Christi, operating from Melbourne, proudly told those gathered in Brisbane’s Sunnybank parish on May 24 she’s “married to Jesus”.
The gathering featured appropriate fashions for children, youth and young adults under the Pure Fashion umbrella, a Regnum Christi initiative.
Pure Fashion began when 11-year-old Ella Gunderson, from Washington, United States, who was a member of Challenge, was unable to purchase appropriate and respectable attire from her local department store, Nordstroms (the Australian equivalent of David Jones).
“Ella wrote a letter to Nordstroms … to tell them how frustrated she was … that she could find nothing to choose from that was modest,” Rosemary said.
“As a result, her letter made it to the top and, soon, founder Peter Nordstrom became involved.
“He arranged for Ella and her mother to be interviewed on Good Morning Australia.”
What followed was “a new line of modest clothing”, with teen publication Seventeen also becoming involved.
“All this because one little girl wrote a letter,” Rosemary said.
From there, Pure Fashion shows “sprang up” where such respectable attire were modelled and encouraged.
After the shows, females are encouraged to move through a program of grooming, etiquette and deportment. Sunnybank youth will complete the program following next month’s World Youth Day.
With an “incredible following”, Rosemary believes “modesty is coming back in style,” adding that Challenge is “committed to creating this reality”.
“Pure Fashion can change girls’ lives and change the world,” she said.
“Girls are affected by the fashion out there and so many fashions that we see in the shops are not supporting young women to live a life of virtue and dignity as young women.
“The whole program of Pure Fashion is a reminder to the girls of their dignity as children of God and their authentic femininity.”
Rosemary said young girls especially should be encouraged to “open up the doors and invite Christ into their wardrobes”.
“It is important that girls are convicted, to show everyone that you can still be hip and stylish while maintaining your modesty and being faithful to Christ.”
Also with a “service component” where females are encouraged to outreach in their community, the Pure Fashion program forms leaders of the future.
“Women’s hearts are made for this,” Rosemary said.
“We want to be loved for who we are, as children of God.”
Pure Fashion is an offshoot of the “Catholic girls’ club” for 10-16-year-olds called Challenge.
Its message “is one of Christian leadership and faith” among the themes of “challenge yourself, challenge others and challenge the world”.
With a presence in France, Spain, Rome, Italy, Ireland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Chile and more recently, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, Challenge “responds to the needs of today’s young people by offering them opportunities for well balanced spiritual and human growth in a positive environment where healthy friendships flourish”.
“The atmosphere of fun and adventure complements existing schools education, parish and family institutions – helping young people discover God’s plan for their lives, and launching them on their mission to know, love and serve Christ,” Rosemary said.
“In short, they grow up knowing they are loved and cherished by God, forming them with dignity and self respect as they grow into womanhood.”
Regnum Christi is offering a youth and family encounter in Sydney on July 12 and 13 as well as separate conferences for young men and women from July 7-21, inclusive of the World Youth Day experience.
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