About Us 2017-05-31T19:30:41+00:00

Mission

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. One power alone can bring transformation to our world — the fundamental power of love transfigured in Christ, lived in communion with the saints, lived in the day to day interaction with colleague, neighbor, and stranger. By our vocation and mission we are at the crossroads between God’s initiative and the longing of creation.

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For God gave us his only Son… Through love and intimate union with Christ we transform the world, bearing the contradictions and hopes of every human being, especially the weakest and the suffering. We share in the longing of creation, in the everyday, secular condition of our fellow men and women. (Based on a text of John Paul II)

If we walk through our world proclaiming the truth of Christ — his ways, his values, his teachings, his love, his redeeming life — God can be found everywhere.

Holiness

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.

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Quietly listen within… there is One who calls, One who waits for your response, One who gives you your mission! God’s call is personal, intended specifically for you! Some are called to marry; some are called to the single life. Some are called to priesthood; some are called to religious life. Some are called to serve as Deacons. Some are called as physicians, lawyers, business executives, teachers…

All are called to holiness.

Consecration

In addition to the personal call, there is also a call to consecration. In the Catholic Church today, many are called to become members of secular institutes.

On February 2, 1947, Pope Pius XII gave official approval to secular institutes as an original form of consecrated life within the Catholic Church. Members have the special mission “to work for the sanctification of the world from within” (Provida Mater Ecclesia).

Members of secular institutes: who are they?
These are members are Catholics on the marketplace, tilling a field, in the home anywhere, everywhere who live fully for Christ. They are the heartbeat of the Church in everyday life. Consecrated seculars live like their co-workers, but their hearts belong first to the Lord who called them to total commitment and who sustains them in their jobs where they bring their love of the Lord to others.

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Members of secular institutes are those who:
– live to sow Christ’s love in every possible strata of society.
– band together to live their Catholic faith and commitment discreetly, effectively and faithfully.

Members of secular institutes: where are they?
– In the office, managing or assisting
– In the Marketplace, buying or selling
– In the factory, planning or doing
– At the healthcare facility, giving or receiving
– In Church, pulpit or pew.

“A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.” (Gal. 5:9)

Vocation

How do I know I am called to this vocation, to this consecration — in the world but not of it — to be the Church everywhere — irrevocably?

Pray

-Speak to the Other — the God of life who waits for you.

-Listen well to his Spirit in your heart.

-Ponder his Word in quiet reflection.

-Worship! Participate in daily Mass if possible.

-Be in the Lord’s Presence at Eucharistic adoration.

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Discern

-Talk it over with others.

-Engage in spiritual reading.

-Browse USCSI and other secular institute Web sites

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Decide

-Deciding leads to action.

-Are you called to join us…?

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For God gave us his only Son… Through love and intimate union with Christ we transform the world, bearing the contradictions and hopes of every human being, especially the weakest and the suffering. We share in the longing of creation, in the everyday, secular condition of our fellow men and women. (Based on a text of John Paul II)

If we walk through our world proclaiming the truth of Christ — his ways, his values, his teachings, his love, his redeeming life — God can be found everywhere.

Vocation Discernment

Vocation Discernment

Members of secular institutes belong to consecrated life. They profess a life of poverty, chastity and obedience, the evangelical counsels, so named because Jesus gave us this advice for happiness in the Gospels.

Poverty means that we do not rely on material possessions for our happiness, but trust in God to provide what we need. We free ourselves from the excess baggage of worrying about accumulating money or possessions.

Chastity is built on love, respect and concern for everyone we encounter. We are free from the exclusive love that marriage requires so that we can share our love more fully with many people.

Obedience requires that we be available to do whatever God may ask of us. Obedience frees us from personal ambition.

Everyone should follow this advice, but consecrated persons make public promises to God and the Church to make this their full time career. Their main ministry is not a job; their main ministry is love.

What attracts people to consecrated life?

We are all called to holiness through prayer and charity but a person with a vocation to the consecrated life seeks greater solitude and prayer and the freedom that comes from focusing on the evangelical counsels. They are drawn to serve God and other people through a permanent commitment to the Church and a particular community.

Signs of a vocation to consecrated life:

Sensitivity to others
Attraction to groups that deal with human needs
The desire to dedicate oneself to a noble cause
Leadership
Creativity
Orientation toward people
Search for meaning in life beyond material goods and success.
Longing for prayer
Definition of Secular Institute from the Code of Canon Law

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A secular institute is an institute of consecrated life in which the Christian faithful living in the world strive for the perfection of charity and work for the sanctification of the world especially from within.Canon 713

The members of these institutes express and exercise their own consecration in their apostolic activity and like a leaven they strive to imbue all things with the spirit of the gospel for the strengthening and growth of the Body of Christ.

Lay members share in the Church’s evangelizing task in the world and of the world through their witness of a Christian life and fidelity toward their consecration, and through their efforts to order temporal things according to God and inform the world by the power of the gospel. Also, they cooperate in serving the ecclesial community, according to their particular secular way of life.

Clerical members through the witness of their consecrated life, especially in the presbyterate, help their brothers by their special apostolic charity and in their sacred ministry among the people of God they bring about the sanctification of the world.