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Consecration in a Secular Institute

Secular institutes are a relatively new form of consecration in the Church. They developed in the 20th century, enabling lay people to live entirely in the secular world of work and society while also promising to live in poverty, chastity and obedience according to the institute. Through this distinctive form of consecration in the world, members of Secular Institutes contribute in a particular way to the Church’s evangelising mission by helping to ensure that the Church has an effective presence in society.

Members of secular institutes express their special consecration in apostolic activity, living either alone, in their families or in fraternal groups. Unlike many religious, they do not have a distinctive habit.

The different Secular institutes have distinctive spiritualities, such as the Dominican Secular Institute and Notre-Dame De Vie (Carmelite). Nourished by the spiritual riches of their Institute, members find strength to live and work in the ordinary conditions of the world and so contribute to the coming of God’s kingdom.

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New forms of Consecrated life

In recent decades new forms of the consecrated life have emerged, often within new ecclesial movements such as Communion and Liberation and Focolare.

The Canon Law of the Church envisages new forms of consecrated life being approved by the Holy See in the future.

New Ecclesial Communities & Societies of Apostolic Life


Daughters of the Holy Spirit

The Institute of Christ the King

Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri

Priestly Fraternity of St Peter

Society of Our Lady of the Trinity

The Spiritual Family The Work

Verbum Dei

Community of Our Lady of Walsingham

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