Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Prot. N. I.s. 6461/12
The charism of the consecrated life inserted in the Trinitarian history of salvation as a form of its enactment and living proclamation commits each consecrated person to develop a spirituality of communion that becomes styles of life generating mission. The World Conference of Secular Institutes is to be seen in this context as a reality called to foster mutual exchange among institutes and ecclesial collaboration according to the specificity of secular consecration.
The experience garnered since the CMIS was canonically erected close to forty years ago confirms the importance of such an organ of communion among secular institutes throughout the world. This time has also served to further clarify the nature of the CMIS, where the multiplicity of charisms offers a specific contribution so the Church may ever more profoundly bring into being its nature as sacrament of God’s intimate union with humanity (cf.Lumen Gentium , n°1).
In order to further clarify its service proper and the diverse ambits of collaboration among institutes, in relationship with the other forms of consecrated life and in fecund dialogue with Pastors, the Assembly of Directors General, after preparatory work involving all the institutes, approved the new Statutes of the Conference and now requests the ratification thereof.
The Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, after an accurate examination of the documentation submitted and after having been notified that on 30 October 2012 the Holy Father had benevolently granted to CMIS the status of juridical person in the Vatican City State,
the new text of the CMIS Statutes with the amendment to article 4 according to the copy of the text conserved in its Archives, recognizing it as compliant with the norms of Canon Law.
All contrary provisions notwithstanding
Given at the Vatican, on this 4th day of December 2012.
Card. João Braz de Aviz, Prefect
P.Sebastiano Paciolla, O. Cist. Under-Secretary