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Caritas Christi, Secular Institute of Pontifical Right Founded in Marseilles, France,
in 1937 by Fr. Joseph-Marie Perrin, OP, and
Juliette Molland, Caritas Christi is now one of
the largest secular institutes for single women
in the United States and has members in over
OF CONSECRATED LIFE
Fiat Spiritus Community (FS) We are a community of vowed Christian men and women
who are committed to living an apostolic life.
We are called to listen to the Holy Spirit through
community which empowers us to discern our
response to the needs of our time especially with
the needy and underserved. The Fiat Spiritus
Community, together with the Poor Handmaids
of Jesus Christ and Associate Community, live
the Spirit of Blessed Catherine Kasper our foundress. Contact: Brother Bob Overland, FS, P.O.
Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513; (574) 936-1726;
e-mail: email@example.com; website:
www.fiatspiritus.org. See our web ad at www.
Associate Community of the Poor
Handmaids of Jesus Christ We are
baptized men and women who make a
non-vowed renewable covenant with the
Associate Community in the Spiritual Family
of Catherine Kasper for the purpose of
mutual spiritual enrichment, development of
community and promotion of service. Our
commitment is based on the common call of
the Holy Spirit to live the charism of Blessed
Catherine Kasper, foundress of the Poor
Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation. The
Associates, Fiat Spiritus Community and Poor
Handmaids of Jesus Christ form the Spiritual
Family of Catherine Kasper. Website: www.
poorhandmaids.org/associates. See our web ad
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thirty countries. The purpose of Caritas Christi
is to form and give to the Church contemplative
apostolic laywomen who, in every condition of
life, strive to live as consecrated Catholics by
loving God and making him loved where he
has placed them. All members have a sponsor
to help them live a life in which God comes
first even though they are working in the heart
of the world. After three years of initial formation, members take a vow of celibate chastity
and promises of poverty and obedience at a first
dedication, followed by a definitive dedication
five years later. For further information write:
Jo Ann Ballinger, firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.ccinfo.org.
Don Bosco Volunteers (DBV) Don Bosco Volunteers are consecrated lay women living the
Salesian spirituality of Saint John Bosco, (Don
Bosco), while fully immersed in the ordinary
occupations and careers of secular society. We
participate in the evangelizing mission of the
Church by witnessing Christian joy and service
especially to young people and those most in
need. We do not live in community but share
communion of life through prayer, Days of
Recollection and a yearly retreat. Founded
in 1917 by Blessed Philip Rinaldi, Don Bosco
Volunteers are a Secular Institute of Pontifical
Right for single Catholic women who are consecrated to God through the vows of chastity,
poverty and obedience while maintaining their
lay status within the Church and the world.
Candidates must be women who have never
married, be between the ages of 21-40 and
who want to dedicate their life in a radical way
to love of God and neighbor. Members follow
a formation plan of discernment and preparation for vows, six years of temporary vows,
then perpetual vows. Contact information: PO
Box 334H, Scarsdale, NY 10583-5834; e-mail:
Secular Institute of Missionaries of the
Kingship of Christ (SIM) Consecrated
single women who profess poverty, chastity
and obedience while living life in the world.
Our spirituality is Franciscan and through its
ideals the Missionaries seek growth and maturity by identifying with Jesus’ life and mission
by striving faithfully to live the Gospel in the
world in the spirit of the Beatitudes. A close
bond is created among the members through
monthly days of recollection, annual retreats,
publications, correspondence, phone contact,
e-mail and the web site members section. Requirements are: women desiring to commit to
a celibate life, a prayer life seeking to grow in
the love of Christ, a desire to promote Gospel
values in today’s society, a self-supporting occupation, and the freedom to live our way of
life. Historical Information: The Institute was
founded in 1919 in Assisi, Italy, by Agostino
Gemelli, OFM, and Armida Barelli. Approved
in 1948 as a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite.
Established in the United States in 1953 by Fr.
Stephen Hartdegen, OFM, and Barbara Ot-tinger. For more information contact: Charleen
Catholic Volunteer Network Catholic
Volunteer Network fosters and promotes
full-time domestic and international faith-based volunteer service opportunities for
people of all ages, backgrounds and skills.
As the leading membership organization of
Christian volunteer and mission programs,
Catholic Volunteer Network supports and
enhances the work of member organizations
through volunteer recruitment, training and
resources, networking opportunities and
advocacy. Established in 1963, the Catholic
Volunteer Network membership consists of
over 200 domestic and international volunteer
and lay mission programs. Each year more
than 20,000 volunteers and lay missioners
serve in these programs throughout the
U.S. and in 112 other countries. Catholic
Volunteer Network publishes and distributes
RESPONSE, the most comprehensive
handbook of lay mission volunteer
opportunities. RESPONSE is distributed free
of charge to persons interested in faith-based
service and those who promote such service.
Catholic Volunteer Network also administers
the AmeriCorps Education Awards program
for our member programs. Find us online at
www.CatholicVolunteerNetwork.org. See our
web ad at www.DigitalVocationGuide.org.
See our ad on page 37. Code #483.
Dahlin, (508) 386-1417; e-mail: cdahlin@aol.
com; web site: www.simkc.org.
See our ad on page 109. Code #337.
United States Conference of Secular Institutes (USCSI) The United States Conference
of Secular Institutes is an association of all the
Secular Institutes in the United States. Its mission is to provide education, resources, and
support for member institutes, and to assist
inquirers in finding the Secular Institute that is
right for them. USCSI is committed to making
known, understood, and appreciated the call to
consecrated secularity in the Catholic Church.
Total consecration to God through the evangelical counsels of poverty, celibate chastity,
and obedience is the hallmark of all Secular
Institutes. Institutes are for single women or for
single men, and some are for diocesan priests.
It is the newest and fastest-growing vocation
in the Church today. For more information see
www.secularinstitutes.org. Inquirers may be
helped by writing to or talking with Sharon K.
Lewis, Vocation Committee, 26673 Franklin
Pointe Drive, Southfield, MI 48034-5615; (248)
352-8425; e-mail: email@example.com.
Global Sisters Report is an online reporting
project that tells the stories of and gives greater
voice to Catholic sisters around the world.
Through its network of journalists around the
world as well as blogs and columns from sisters
themselves, Global Sisters Report chronicles
the contributions of sisters as a force for human development. Visit the website at Glo-
balSistersReport.org and our Facebook page
at Facebook.com/SistersReport. Do you know
of an interesting Catholic sister, community or
project we should write about? Please contact
us at sisters@NCRonline.org.
See ad on page 52. Code #476.