A Secular Institute is an Institute of Consecrated Life in which men and women live in the world and work towards the spreading of the Kingdom of God by working “within” the society by their example of Christian Living. Typically they live as lay people in the world with the goal of being a transforming presence in society.
They take vows and/or promises. For example, members of some Secular Institutes take a vow of chastity but make promises of poverty and obedience
They may live on their own or in community
They are a key link between the life lived by the laity and that lived by religious
Examples include the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ, Society of Christian Doctrine, Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity.
Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ
PO Box 712
Elsternwick Vic 3185
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MISSIONARIES OF THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST (SIM)
With the strong encouragement and guidance of Friar Gemelli, Armida Barelli decided that she would consecrate her life to God. To live as a single woman and take a vow of chastity and promises of poverty, and obedience, while remaining in her ordinary professional life as a teacher.
Mission and Ministry:
Missionaries live in the spirit of the Beatitudes in the world. In every situation they are to act as salt, light and leaven to promote human values and to sanctify the world – in the workplace, family, social, community and parish life.
They are open to all the legitimate aspirations of other people, especially the poorest among them. They diffuse everywhere the joyful hope of the Good News of life in Christ.
The formation or preparation program is designed to support a candidate in developing her own personality towards full maturity and freedom; in living her vow of chastity and promises of poverty and obedience in the lay condition. It enables her to discover the spirit of St Francis; to be attentive to the demands of a mission in the world; to enjoy a prayer life with the experience of God and the ability to contemplate God in all creation; to deepen her understanding of Sacred Scripture.
The Institute has a preparation plan for candidates. If after a year of discernment, you are interested to pursue this way of life, you will engage in a program of study and reflection for a period of at least three years. Once this period is complete, you will commit yourself to a period of further study and discernment for five years. During all of this time you are supported by a missionary who has responsibility for the preparation or formation period, as well as other members of the group. This time of preparation is an opportunity to experience the spirit of the Institute and the sense of belonging to community of shared ideals. This period of preparation concludes (normally eight years in total, excluding the year of discernment) with final profession, which is renewed each year, though the commitment is for life.
Director of Aspirants
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary
230 Fairlight Road
Mulgoa NSW 2745
Ph: 02 4773 8338
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Secular Order of Discladed Carmelites (Australia & Samoa)
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Secular Order of Discladed Carmelites ocds
Following the Light. One of the images Carmelites use to understand the spiritual journey is derived from the poem The Dark Night by Saint John of the Cross, a verse of which reads: Surer than noonday sun,guiding me from the start this radiant light led me to that dear One, waiting for me, well-known, somewhere apart where no-one came in sight.
Who Are We?
We are members of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, a family of men and women, both religious and lay, interspersed through many countries of the world. The Carmelite Order had its origins in the 13th century on Mount Carmel, Palestine. The Secular Order was founded by Blessed John Soreth in 1452, with the same decree and at the same time as founding the nuns. In Avila, Spain in the 16th century, St Teresa of Jesus inaugurated a reform. St John of the Cross joined her in this endeavour which resulted in a new Order, the Discalced Carmelites.
Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity (VDM)
74 Roseberry Avenue
Roseberry NSW 2018
Ph: (02) 93137099
Fax: 0401 836 427
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THE VERBUM DEI MISSIONARY FRATERNITY vdm
Verbum Dei is an international Catholic Community founded by Fr. Jaime Bonet (a diocesan priest) in Mallorca, Spain in 1963, receiving Pontifical approval on the 15th April, 2000 as an Institute of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Church. At the core of Verbum Dei Fraternity there are three missionary branches: consecrated women, men (priests), who consecrate their lives to God through the profession of evangelical vows, and missionary couples who consecrate themselves to God. We are united with one and the same charism and mission. The community embraces people of all states and walks of life. Those who feel attracted to our charism and spirituality can become disciples of the community who participate in our activities and support us in carrying out our specific mission.