About Us

The Catholic Church established this form of consecrated life in 1947 for people who wish to combine the contemplative and the apostolic life while living in the world. Secular institutes provide members with a community of like-minded people who put God first in their lives and everything else second.



Is it solely for priests, solely for sisters, solely for brothers? Is holiness meant for a rare, select few who “leave the world”… for those who find the society in which we live too absorbing to consider realities beyond the daily grind? The call to holiness is for all — here and now and everywhere: young and elderly, single and married, women and men.



We are a sign of a Church that loves to be among the people! We are at the center of the conflict that disturbs and divides the modern soul. We are a sign of a Church that is the friend of people and can offer comfort in every kind of affliction. We are ready to support all true progress in human life, but at the same time unyielding towards every choice of death, violence, deceit, and injustice.

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Welcome to the web site of the United States Conference of Secular Institutes. It is my hope that you will be able to find your way around this site and if you should have any questions pertaining to Secular Institutes, please use theĀ Contact USCSI link at the top of the page.

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.”


Marcia Vinje

President of USCSI