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Secular Institutes
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In Christian history two motives have led to the founding of religious societies. The first has been a resolve to shun and flee the world (fuga mundi), the second a resolve to work in the world as it is by word and action (professio in hoc mundo). Many orders in Latin Christianity and congregations in the Roman Catholic Church resembled at first the modern secular institutes. We might think of the original efforts made by Angela Merici (1474–1540), Mary Ward (1585–1645), Vincent de Paul (1581–1660), and Pierre-Joseph Picot de Clorivière (1735–1820) in …

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Grote, Heiner, “Secular Institutes”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.44>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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