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Secular Institutes
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[German Version]

are institutes of consecrated life in which members of the faithful (clergy and laypeople, hardly distinguishable outwardly) remain in their secular (and often familial) environment while pursuing perfection in love and sanctification of the world from within. Secular institutes were recognized canonically by the pontifical constitution Provida Mater issued in 1947. They are rooted in efforts, observable since the 17th century, to live a life consecrated to God without the characteristic features of the traditional orders, as …

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Eder, Manfred, “Secular Institutes”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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