a life of celibate chastity, poverty,and obedience through the witnessof their lives and their apostolicactivity wherever they are employed.Usually members do not live incommunity, though in some casesthey 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 about20 groups.
According to church law, consecrat-
Lay ecclesial movements
ed virgins are “. . . consecrated to
God, mystically espoused to Christ,
and dedicated to the service of the
church. . . .” A woman is admitted
to consecration by her local bishop,
who determines the conditions
under which she lives her life of
perpetual virginity. Candidates for
consecration must be women who
have never been married, had chil-
dren, or lived in open violation of
chastity. Once consecrated, a woman
is closely bonded to her diocese and
its bishop and supports the diocesan
clergy through prayer and sacrifice.
A diocese does not take on finan-
cial responsibility for a consecrated
virgin. More information is available
from the United States Association
of Consecrated Virgins, consecrated-
Lay ecclesial movements are churchorganizations focused on a particu
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In 1866 Saint Thérèse Couderc, the Foundress of the Cenacle Sisters,
had a vision of the Goodness of God. Today, over 150 years later, in Laudato Si’
Pope Francis invites us to gaze on the whole creation with eyes that see Goodness.
Come join us in living out this vision!
are a form of consecrated
life in which members live
a life of celibate chastity,
poverty, and obedience
through the witness of
their lives wherever they
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