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Secular Institutes

A secular institute is defined by the Code of Canon Law as “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.”

Priests and lay men and women may seek admission to a secular institute after a period of spiritual formation. After professing the counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, one is considered an official member. Consecrated seculars wear no religious habit and are indistinguishable from other lay persons.

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