The revolution brought about by Provida Mater Ecclesia

Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church regardin the Secular Institutes

Provida Mater Ecclesia was a revolutionary gesture in the Church. Secular institutes are themselves an act of courage that the Church made at that moment; giving a structure and institutionalize the Secular Institutes. And from that time up to now, the good you do for the Church is very great; it is done with courage, for one needs great courage to live in the world…

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We were waiting for it for a long time: here is the official text about the main features defining the identity of our vocation. It is a Letter written by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of consecrated life, for to the bishops of the whole Church. It is the result of a long co-working between the Congregation, the Cmis and some national Conferences of SI. We also discussed a lot about it during our last General assembly, held in Rome last August.

This document is published in the form of a booklet, that also holds a document drawn up by the Congregation in 1983 about the identity and the mission of Secular Institutes. This booklet is published and available by the Congregation itself; consolidated orders are preferable: for your members and the bishops they know, or through your national Conference of Secular Institutes.

It will help us a lot to know better our own vocation and make it better known. It should be widely distributed.

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