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Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

by Type

Men
Institutes of Consecrated Life
Members make a public profession of vows.
Religious Institutes of Consecrated Life
Members live and pray in common.
Orders
Members make solemn vows.
Orders of Canons Regular
Canons sing the liturgy in choir and may run parish-like apostolates.
Monastic Orders
Monks are bound to live and work at their monastery and recite the Office in common.
Mendicant Orders
Friars (either priests or lay brothers) may have a more active apostolate, and depend on alms for their life.
Orders of Clerics Regular
Priests are also vowed religious and usually have a more active apostolate.
Religious Congregations
Members make simple vows.
Clerical Religious Congregations
Members usually assume the ordained state.
Lay Religious Congregations
Members usually assume the lay state.
Secular Institutes of Consecrated Life
Members live in the world.
Clerical Secular Institutes of Consecrated Life
Members usually assume the ordained state.
Lay Secular Institutes of Consecrated Life
Members usually assume the lay state.
Societies of Apostolic Life
Members do not make religious vows, pursue the same apostolic purpose; priests are usually incardinated into the society and not the diocese.
Women
Institutes of Consecrated Life
Members make a public profession of vows.
Religious Institutes of Consecrated Life
Members live and pray in common.
Religious Orders and Institutes of Consecrated Life with independent houses
Centralized Religious Institutes of Consecrated Life
Secular Institutes of Consecrated Life
Members live in the world.
Societies of Apostolic Life
Members do not make religious vows.
Others
Other Institutes of Consecrated Life
A new form of institute of consecrated life which may have both male and female members.

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