topic, including Consider the Ravens:On Contemporary Hermit Life by PaulA. Fredette and Alone with God byDom Jean Leclercq.
Secular institutes are a form of con-
secrated life in which members live a
life of celibate chastity, poverty, and
obedience through the witness of
their lives and their apostolic activity
wherever they are employed. Usually
members do not live in community,
though in some cases they may.
Secular institutes are for laywomen, laymen, and diocesanpriests. Periodically members ofsecular institutes come together forretreats and meetings. The U.S. Conference of Secular Institutes website,secularinstitutes.org, offers generalinformation about secular institutesand contact information for about 20groups.
According to church law, consecrated virgins are “. . . consecrated toGod, mystically espoused to Christ,and dedicated to the service of thechurch. . . .” A woman is admitted to consecration by her localbishop, who determines the conditions under which she lives her lifeof perpetual virginity. Candidatesfor consecration must be womenwho have never been married, hadchildren, or lived in open violationof chastity. Once consecrated, a
. . . dedicated to God in consecratedlife if he or she publicly professes inthe hands of a diocesan bishop thethree evangelical counsels, confirmed by vow or other sacred bond,and observes a proper program ofliving under his direction.” Severalbooks have been written on the
Associates committhemselvesto integrating thecommunity’s spiritinto their way of life.
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Crying the Gospelwith their lives
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