As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is promoting "Days with Religious" initiatives and resources to help families learn about the consecrated life of religious men and women. Activities will focus on sharing experiences of prayer, service and community life with those living a consecrated life.
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United States Conference of Secular Institutes
Catholic Secular Institutes whose members are consecrated for love of the Church and for sanctification of the world.
Members of secular institutes are "in the world and not of the world, but for the world." They live in whatever providential circumstances God gives them, but they wholly consecrate their lives to God through the evangelical counsels of poverty, obedience, and chastity. They are the newest vocation in the Catholic Church, and many say they are the vocation of the new millennium.
Each secular institute bears the unique charism of its founders and traditions, and each celebrates its "communion" by annual retreats, meetings, common daily prayer, and friendships that evolve quite naturally from living a similar life in God despite differences in profession or work in the world. A web of connectedness grows over time, linking the members to one another inextricably. For all consecrated seculars, the vocation undergirds all they undertake because it becomes the essence of what they are in Godís eye.
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Provida Mater Ecclesia, the Apostolic Constitution, was issued on February 2, 1947 by Pope Pius XII. This document gave official life within the Church to the groups of totally consecrated laity and secular clergy which it called "Secular Institutes."
On August 28, 1980, Pope John Paul II spoke in the light of modern day evangelization and presented three conditions of fundamental importance if the mission of Secular Institutes is to be effective: "You must be disciples of Christ; you must be competent in your professional field and you must change the world from within."
President of USCSI