woman is closely bonded to her diocese and its bishop and supports thediocesan clergy through prayer andsacrifice. A diocese does not take onfinancial responsibility for a consecrated virgin. More informationis available from the United StatesAssociation of Consecrated Virgins,consecratedvirgins.org.
Lay ecclesial movements
Lay ecclesial movements are churchorganizations focused on a particular ministry or spirituality, or both.The Vatican’s Pontifical Council ofthe Laity has published an onlinedirectory of international associations of the faithful at vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_coun-cils/laity/documents/rc_pc_la-ity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html. Below are a few examplesof the types of organizations thatexist.
• The Cursillo Movement proclaimsthat God, in Christ, loves us, and itdoes so through “short courses” andregular gatherings in small communities.
• Communion and Liberation, withits focus on the Incarnation and thepresence of Christ “here and now,”educates members in Christianityand collaborates in the mission ofthe church in all spheres of life.
• Focolare (Italian for “family
fireside”) aims to contribute to the
realization of Jesus’ last will and
testament: “may they all be one”
• L’Arche is dedicated to the
creation and growth of homes,
programs, and support networks
for people with intellectual dis-
• The Neocatechumenate providescontinuing Christian instructionfor Catholics in small parish-basedcommunities. =
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