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Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt  
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Mercy Association or Totus Tuus  
Legion of Mary  
Marianist Lay Communities  
Militia of the Immaculata  
"Pro Deo et Fatribus" - Familgia di Maria" Association  
Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement  
Schoenstatt Women's Apostolic Union  
Secular Missionary Carmel  
SERMIG (Servizio Missionario Giovani)  
Silent Workers of the Cross Association  
Teresian Apostolic Movement  
Work of Mary (Focolare Movement)  
Work of Saint Teresa  
Workers of the Kingdom of Christ  
Rosarian Fathers  
Clerical Society of Virgo Flos Carmeli  
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate  
Consolata Missionaries  
Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ  
Missionaries of the Divine Redeemer  
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Mary of Guadalupe  
Missionary Servants (and Sisters) of the Word  
Sodalitium of Christian Life  
Society of Divine Vocations  
Servants of Jesus and Mary  
World Apostolate of Fatima  
Marian Movement of Priests  
America Needs Fatima  
Compagnia della Regina dei Gigli al servizio della Chiesa  
Congregazione mariana delle case di carità  
Madonna House  
Fraternité de Marie-Reine Immaculée  
Piccolla Opera Regina Apostolorum  
La Famille Monastique de Bethléem, de L’Assomption, de la Vierge et de Saint Bruno  
Fraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary  
Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (Disciples of Jesus and Mary)  

 

 

Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt

Schoenstatt, near Koblenz, Germany, is the place of origin and world center of the International Schoenstatt Movement.  People experience in Schoenstatt  a sense of purpose and a new strength to live their faith in everyday life and to shape the world for Christ.  Schoenstatt is created from the covenant of love between Mary, the Mother of Jesus and humanity which was established by  that Joseph Kentenich together with a group of young people on October 18th, 1914 at the original shrine.

www.schoenstatt.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Joseph Kentenich

Foundation: Founded at a shrine in Vallendar, Germany, in 1914. The founding act included a Covenant of Love with Our Lady, the Mother thrice admirable of Schoenstatt.

Ecclesial Recognition: Approved by Church authorities in 1964 as an International Association of the Faithful.

Membership: Present in 42 countries: in Africa (6), Asia (5), Europe (17) and North America (5) and South America (9).

Membership: 96000

  • male and female
  • lay and priests

Organization

Lay/Religious: priests

Individual/Community: The movement is subdivided into several groups: the Pilgrim's Movement, Apostolic Leagues do not have an obligation to live in community; Apostolic Federations or Unions have a nonlegal obligatory form of community; Secular Institutes are the core of the movement and have a legal obligation to live in community. The General Praesidium has a coordinating role.

Commitment/Vows: No vows; Individuals, families or communities entrust their lives to Mary in a covenant of love at one of the shrines belonging to the movement.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Formation of persons and Christian communities that are capable of freely supporting God's plan
Apostolic commitments: Promotion of educational and religious activities; social projects; management of schools, colleges, hospitals and charitable institutions

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Self education, faith in Providence, pursuit of holiness in daily life, readiness and willingness to be instruments in God's hands.

General Marian Characteristics: To be a living part of the Church with Our Lady as mother, educator and model.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: No particular prayers or devotions

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Students ask Mary to make the Chapel a home in which to obtain the grace of welcome, the grace of interior transformation and the grace of mission or fruitful apostolate.

Sources:

www.schoenstatt.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Mercy Association
or Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus is founded to promote a new generation of builders, who in the spirit and love of Christ, are taking an active role in the destiny of poorest of the poor around the world who are in dire need of help.  The Missioners of the Totus Tuus believe that it is their responsibility as Children of God to promote love and care for those who are in greatest need; those described by Mother Theresa as the poorest of the poor, the unloved, uncared for, unwanted, abandoned and forgotten.

http://www.totustuusonline.org/page/

Biographical Information

Founder: Monsignor Jehan Dahyot-Dolivet

Foundation: Established in 1963 in Rouen, France.

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized by a decree of the Pontifical Council for the laity on December 8, 1992 as an

International Association of the Faithful.

Membership: Present in 37 countries: in Africa (14), Asia (6), Europe (8), North America (4), Oceania (1) and South America (4).

Membership: 137,000

  • both
  • lay and religious

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: Members can be either affiliated or united.  Affiliated members are associations, religious Congregations or church works and individuals who play a full part in Tuus Totus.  United members are associations, movements, Church works or religious congregations in communion with Tuus Totus.

Commitment/Vows: Affiliated members practice spirituality according to the Spiritual Directory.  United members follow the Spiritual Directory or make an act of consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To spread devotion to Our lady as the means of reaching Jesus Christ and that union with our Lord which is the perfection of Christian life; to bring the essentials of Christian life within the reach of all.

Apostolic commitments: Prayer groups of children, young people and adults work in contact with numerous ecclesial movements, new communities, Marian movements and spirituality centers.  Care for terminally ill children.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: A missionary spirit with a desire to work in the Church according to the spirituality of St. Louis Marie Trigon de Montfort

General Marian Characteristics: Prayer and consecration to the Blessed Mother

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Spirituality is practiced according to the Spiritual Directory; Devotion to Our Lady, Mother of Mercy and our Mother; renewal of baptismal vows; consecration to Jesus through Mary

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: To rediscover prayer to Mary; To increase familiarity with the Gospel by reciting the Rosary

Sources:

http://www.totustuusonline.org/page/

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a lay catholic organisation whose members give service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country.  The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.  The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish.

www.legionofmary.ie

Biographical Information

Founder: Frank Duff

Foundation: Founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 1921 by a group of 15 people under the direction of Frank Duff.

Ecclesial Recognition: Papal Blessing first made by Pius IX on September 16, 1933.  Later Popes have offered similar blessings. Recognized as an International Association of the Faithful.

Membership: Membership is worldwide in almost every country.

Membership: approximately 3 million active and 10 million auxiliary members

  • both male and female
  • lay with religious as spiritual directors and auxiliaries

Organization

Lay/Religious: both, but predominantly lay

Individual/Community: Individual members are organized in an hierarchical structure based on the  Ancient Roman Army; active members meet weekly in a local group called the praesidium, a curia is composed of several praesidia and a comitium, regia and senatus are a grouping of curiae; the entire Legion is overseen by the Concilium.

Commitment/Vows: Active members make a promise to serve Mary and follow the Legion discipline as described in the Handbook.  Auxiliary members commit to daily prayer.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation, under ecclesiastical guidance, in Mary's and the Church's work of crushing the head of the serpent and advancing the reign of Christ  through prayer and apostolic work of evangelization; e.g., visits to the elderly, sick, needy and inmates; religious and catechetical instruction.

Apostolic commitments: Active members attend a weekly meeting, perform two hours of assigned apostolic work each week and recite the Catena prayer daily; auxiliary members recite five decades of the Rosary and the Legion Tessera prayers daily.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Faith in the joint action of Mary and the Holy Spirit; True Devotion to Mary according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort

General Marian Characteristics: Imitation of Mary's virtues and servanthood.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Legion prayers recited daily; Consecration to Mary; recitation of Rosary; annual retreat; some members also commity to daily Mass, daily communion and the daily recitation of the Divine Office.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: To make Mary present to persons and the world through the apostolic endeavors of members.

Sources:

www.legionofmary.ie

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Marianist Lay Communities

Marianist Lay Communities are Christian communities at the service of the mission of the Church in the world.  Part of the worldwide Marianist Family and are inspired by the charism of their founders,  they consider their personal and community life as their primary means of evangelization, in service to the mission of the Church in the world.  Seeking to collaborate in all missionary activities, they aim at the multiplication of Christians and the development of a world that is more just and compassionate, more free and more interdependent.

http://www.clm-mlc.org/english

Biographical Information

Founder: Emerged from Marianist movement founded by Blessed William Chaminade

Foundation: The lay Branch of the Marianist family, at its first meeting in Santiago de Chile in 1993, adopted its own governing structure.

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized by decree of the Pontifical Council for the laity on March 25, 2000.

Membership: Present in 28 countries: Africa (7), Asia (3), Europe (6), North America (5), Oceania (1) and South America (6).

Membership:

  • both male and female
  • lay only

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay only

Individual/Community: The MLC is structured into communities at the local, national and regional levels.
Commitment/Vows: Members live the faith in small communities, following the example of the early Christians.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: MLC communities place themselves at the service of the Church's mission in the world according to the charism of the Founders.

Apostolic commitments: Members join a small faith community.

Marian Characteristics
Major Inspirations: Communities embrace the life of total consecration to God under the guidance and protection of Mary; by her acceptance of the Holy Spirit Mary invites us to put into practice the words of the Lord so we can respond to the needs of all people

General Marian Characteristics: Mary is accepted by members as Mother, model and teacher.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Consecration to God through Mary.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: To be messengers of the Gospel, watchful of the signs of the times, to spread the Kingdom of God and to build up a world of peace and justice, with a preferential option for the poor.

Sources:

http://www.clm-mlc.org/english

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Militia of the Immaculata

The Militia of the Immaculata (MI) is a public association of the faithful, universal and international, erected by the Holy See.  The MI is open to Catholics of all walks of life, and encourages all people of good will to live in a relationship of filial trust with the Virgin. The purpose of MI is to to lead the world to Christ through the Immaculate Mother of God and the Church. The MI is a vision of global Catholic life under a new form, which is a bond between us and the Immaculate, our universal Mediatrix with Jesus.

www.mi-international.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Saint Father Maximilian Kolbe

Foundation: Founded in 1917 in Rome, Italy  at the International College of Conventual Franciscans.

Ecclesial Recognition: Granted indulgences and privileges by Pius IX on December 18, 1926; elevated to Primary Pius Union on April 23, 1927; Recognized as an International Association of the Faithful of Political Right by decree of the Pontifical Council for the laity on October 16, 1997.

Membership: Present in 48 countries: in Africa (7), Asia (5), Europe (25), North America (3), Oceania (1) and South America (7).

Membership: over 3,000,000

  • male/female
  • religious/lay

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: M.I. is a unitary organization, comprised of the Young Knights, the Youth Movement, and Adults.

Commitment/Vows: Three levels: level one has no strict organizational structure and members act individually and spontaneously; level two is comprised of groups whose members work according to the official programs of the movement; level three members give themselves fully and unconditionally to Mary.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: The expansion of the Kingdom of God throughout the world through the work of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

Apostolic commitments: Missionary effort by all available means; special locations of the apostolate include the City of the Immaculate, near Warsaw, Poland, and Executive Centers and Institutes around the world.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Mary Immaculate, love and mission.

General Marian Characteristics: Mary the Immaculate is a model of dedication to service and love for others.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Consecration to Mary, characterized by Father Kolbe as "transformation into her."

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Missionary effort, parish service and participation in contemplative or active life communities,  using all available means.  There is a special presence for those who suffer from sickness, poverty, marginalization and disabilities.

Sources:

www.mi-international.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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"Pro Deo et Fatribus" - Familgia di Maria" Association

Pro Deo et Fatribus" - Familgia di Maria is a spiritual family made up of people of different ages, vocations and states of life who, in the light of the message of Fatima and in a spirit of reparation, devote themselves to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception by practicing evangelical witness and charity.  The charism of the Association is Marian, priestly, missionary, and ecumenical and finds the center of its unity in love for and fidelity to the Pope.

Biographical Information

Founder: Bishop Pavel Hnilica

Foundation: Founded in 1968 at Sessa Aurunca (Caserta), Italy.

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized on March 25, 1995, as an International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Membership: Present in 15 countries: Africa (1), Asia (2), Europe (9), North America (1), Oceania (1) and South America (1).

Membership: About 200 dedicated members and 500 ordinary members

  • male/female
  • religious/lay

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: Organized as a spiritual family with dedicated and ordinary members.

Commitment/Vows: Dedicated members lead a life of Christian perfection, embracing the Evangelical counsels through consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and living a common life in community;   ordinary members take part in the activities of the Association and are committed to pursuing its specific purposes.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To generate support for the persecuted Church in Eastern Europe.

Apostolic commitments: Missionary activity; spiritual formation through deepening of the spiritual life, study of the Magisterium and pastoral training.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: The message of Fatima and the spirit of reparation

General Marian Characteristics: The charism of the Association is Marian, priestly, missionary and ecumenical and finds its center of unity in love for and fidelity to the Pope.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Devotion to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the practice of Evangelical witness and charity.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Missionary activity, especially in areas of the former Soviet Union; prayer for Christian unity, and heightening people's awareness of the New Evangelization.

Sources:

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement

Regnum Christi is an apostolic movement at the service of mankind and the Church. It shares the charism of the priestly congregation, the Legionaries of Christ: to know, live, and preach the commandment of love that Christ the Redeemer gave us through his Incarnation.   Regnum Christi is a movement for apostolate, a movement for evangelization, in which each member has decided to take seriously and responsibly the great missionary commandment that Christ gave to all those who call ourselves his followers. The Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi members want to preach the Gospel fearlessly throughout the world.

www.regnumchristi.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Marcial Maciel

Foundation: Founded in Mexico in 1959.

Ecclesial Recognition: International Association of the Faithful; statutes given definitive approval by Holy See on  November 26, 2004.

Membership: Present in 34 countries: Africa (1), Asia (1), Europe (14), Middle East (1), North America (7), Oceania (3) and South America (7).

Membership: about 70,000

  • male/female
  • lay/priests

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay

Individual/Community: Individual Commitment/Vows: Members  participate under the spiritual guidance of the Legionaries of Christ.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Members wish to make the Gospel a reality in their own lives and in society, responding to the universal call to holiness and to the apostolate.

Apostolic commitments: Missions, the human and Christian promotion of the socially needy, the spread of Catholic doctrine, the education of young people, educational institutions, the advancement of the family and cooperation with diocesan priests.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Filial devotion to the Virgin Mary as the  paramount example of a new humanity.
General Marian Characteristics: Imitation of Mary.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Daily prayer, frequent participation in the sacraments, weekly Bible study, periodic review of personal apostolic progress.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Members seek to become apostles ready to devote part or all of their time to announcing and spreading the Kingdom of God.

Sources:

www.regnumchristi.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Schoenstatt Women's Apostolic Union

www.s-fb.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Getraud von Bullion and María Christmann

Foundation: Founded in 1920 by first women members of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized on September 15, 1996 as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Membership: Present in 10 countries: Europe (7), North America (1), and South America (2).

Membership: about 350 members

  • female only
  • unmarried lay

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay only

Individual/Community: Members are organized in "free communities (courses)" which are grouped into official communities (regions)." Ultimate responsibility is vested in the International Directorate.

Commitment/Vows: Members make an act of consecration to Our Lady; members follow a rule and live according to the evangelical counsels of virginity, poverty and obedience without vows.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To provide spiritual formation for Christian unmarried lay women.

Apostolic commitments: The association participates in the apostolate of the Church by cooperating with Schoenstatt communities and other apostolic forces. After sufficient formation, members are required to perform permanent apostolic activities according to the needs of time, place and nation.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Members strive to imitate Christ by living according to the Evangelical Counsels.

General Marian Characteristics: Observance of the evangelical counsels; consecration to Mary.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Members make a covenant of love, the Mater admirabilis, as an act of consecration to Mary; formation of adoration groups; free giving of self; detachment from worldly goods.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Caring for the spirit by observing a rule, respecting community uses and customs, setting up groups to deepen specific spiritual dimensions.

Sources:

www.s-fb.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Secular Missionary Carmel

www.carmelmis.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Marelia Suárez

Foundation: Founded as a lay association of the Carmelite Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Columbia in 1988.

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized on March 20, 1996 as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Membership: Present in 12 countries: Africa (2), Asia (3), Europe (1), North America (3), and South America (3).

Membership: about 500 members

  • male/female
  • lay only

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay

Individual/Community: CMS is organized into autonomous groups, with oversight groups at the national and international level.

Commitment/Vows: No formal vows; members commit to follow the organization's goal of promoting the identity and mission of the lay person in the Church.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Comprehensive formation of the lay faithful through a commitment to discover the greatness of Christian vocation within ecclesial communion.

Apostolic commitments: To live a simple, joyful and hard-working style of life; to work for a more just and solidarity based society; to cultivate listening reflecting and contemplating; to adopt an attitude of service to one's neighbor.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Carmelite spirituality.

General Marian Characteristics: Mary as a model of prayer, contemplation and service to others.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: A prayer life as a sign of friendship with God and an experience of the universality of the Church.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Mary is contemplated as model, Mother and companion in the search for God.

Sources:

www.carmelmis.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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SERMIG (Servizio Missionario Giovani)

www.sermig.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Ernesto Olivero

Foundation: Founded by Olivero with his wife and some young people at the Turin Missionary Diocesan Office in 1964.

Ecclesial Recognition:

Membership: Present in 3 countries: Italy, Brazil and Jordan.

Membership: 52 full members and 176 associate members

  • male/female
  • lay only

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay

Individual/Community: The basic unit is the Fraternity, structured into small communities if men and women, married and single.

Commitment/Vows: Some members make an unconditional pledge according to a "rule" or "proposal of life" inspired by Mary's fiat, living fraternity and celibacy.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To help the poor and provide education for young people in the values of solidarity, justice and peace, giving particular attention to early childhood and to abandoned youths.

Apostolic commitments: The Arsenal of Peace and House of Hope in Turin; Arsenal of Hope in São Paulo Brazil; the Arsenal of Encounter in Amman, Jordan; promotion of development of emergency relief services in Italy ; night shelters; residential homes for persons in difficulty; medical centers; education work for young people such as the Sound Laboratory and the School for Restorers.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Mary's fiat; the spiritual legacy of St. Francis.

General Marian Characteristics: Commitment to the poor; unconditional giving of self.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Meeting with God through prayer; dialogue with His Word.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: "giving Back" to poor brethren one's surplus time, professionalism, cultural. Material and spiritual goods.

Sources:

www.sermig.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Silent Workers of the Cross Association

www.sodcvs.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Monsignor Luigi Novarese in cooperation with Sister Elvira Myriam Psorulla.

Foundation: Established in 1950 in association with the Apostolate of Suffering.

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized on May 17, 2001 as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Membership: Present in 5 countries:  Europe (4) and Middle East (1).

Membership: 150 members

  • male/female
  • lay/clerical

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay and religious

Individual/Community: Individual or community; male and female branches; a Council governs the Association.

Commitment/Vows: Members make a permanent choice to live in common life or to live individually with their families. Clerical Associates perform their ministry for the purposes of the Association  in agreement with their bishop and the SODC.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To direct and coordinate and guarantee continuity to the Apostolate of the Suffering.

Apostolic commitments: Members work in social welfare and rehabilitation; they manage spirituality and accommodation houses in Jerusalem, Fatima (Portugal), Glogow (Poland); they organize courses of spiritual exercises for the sick and able-bodied.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: To imitate Christ who was called and sent by the Father to do his will to bring life and salvation to the world.

General Marian Characteristics: Consecration to Christ through Mary.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Communion with the crucified and risen Christ

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: To share with everyone a path of growth and maturity in the faith; to show the value of each one who suffers without distinction.  Members  live a life of total self-giving through the practice of  the Evangelical Counsels.

Sources:

www.sodcvs.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Teresian Apostolic Movement

www.teresians.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Company of St. Teresa of Jesus

Foundation: Created in Rome in 1977 with origins in the Archconfraternity of the daughters of Mary Immaculate and Teresa of Jesus

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized on May 12, 1977 as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Membership: Present in 21 countries: Africa (3), Asia (1), Europe (3), North America (6), and South America (8).

Membership: about 37,600 members

  • male and female
  • lay only

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay

Individual/Community: Friends of Jesus for boys and girls; Youths for teenagers and young people; Communities for adults.

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: The movement sets out to stimulate its members to know and love Jesus and to make him known and loved.

Apostolic commitments: The specific fields of the apostolate for members of the Movement are family, professional, social and political life, education, the parish and welfare works.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: TAM's charism comprises three dimensions: interiority, apostolic action and community.

General Marian Characteristics: Mary as Mother and model of virtue; the writings of St. Teresa of Jesus.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Daily prayer, spiritual retreats and community prayer, liturgical participation, especially the Eucharist, meditation on the word of God; devotion to Mary as Mother and model of virtue, reading the writings of St. Teresa of Jesus.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: For children, initiation in the knowledge and love of Jesus; for youths, the practice of Christian virtues and the apostolate; for adults, doctrinal studies and apostolic commitment.

Sources:

www.teresians.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Work of Mary (Focolare Movement)

www.focolare.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Chiara Lubich and Igino Giordani

Foundation: Founded in air raid shelters in Trent, Italy in 1943

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized on June 29, 1990 as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Membership: Present in over 180 countries.  Centers of common life (Focolare) are in 89 countries: Africa (17), Asia (14), Europe (31), Middle East (6), North America (8), Oceania (3) and South America (10).

Membership: about 140,440 members

  • male/female
  • religious/lay

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: Focolare centers for men and women who live life in common or as married; branches for diocesan priests, deacons and volunteers; gens young people, men with a vocation to the priesthood, bishops and religious.

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To be a reflection on earth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  To pursue unity among the faithful of the

Catholic Church; to build ecumenical communion and testimony; to achieve union among all believers in God.

Apostolic commitments: Unity; various Movements such as New Families, New Humanity, Young People for a United World, Youths for Unity and the Parish Movement.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: The commandment to love in the Gospels; the testament of Jesus "that they may all be one"; The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ and all men and women.

General Marian Characteristics: Members reflect Mary in the daily lives.  Presidency is lay and female.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Unity among Catholics, among all believers of all faiths; ecumenical dialogue.

Sources:

www.focolare.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Work of Saint Teresa

Biographical Information

Founder: Father José Soto Chuliá

Foundation: Founded in 1938 in Málaga, Spain.

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized on February 2, 1996 as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Membership: Present in 6 countries: Europe (1), South America (5).

Membership: 62 members

  • women only
  • lay

Organization

Lay/Religious: lay

Individual/Community: The movement is governed by a General Council.

Commitment/Vows: Women can join the association as aspirants, as associates with temporary ties, or as full associates.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: The Work of Saint Teresa is a movement for women who live their baptismal vocation by placing themselves at the service of priests.

Apostolic commitments: To serve the Church represented in priests; looking after parish houses.  Formation based on the Word of God, the  teachings of Vatican II, the pontifical Magisterium and the writings of the Saints.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Service to priests; An authentic spirit of devotion to the Church taking the hidden life of Virgin Mary at Nazareth as model.

General Marian Characteristics: Deep interior life; hidden life of Mary as a model for spiritual formation

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: interior life, nurtured by prayer and daily communion.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Practice of virtue

Sources:

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Workers of the Kingdom of Christ

confraternidadorc.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Enrique Amezcua Medina, Bishop Abraham Martínez José Manuel Betancourt and Monsignor Pio Lopez.

Foundation: Founded in 1963 in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tepeyac, Mexico.

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized as a Pious Union of the Diocese of Tacambaro September 12, 1963. 
Constitution with episcopal approval enacted December 16, 1979.  Recognized as Fellowship Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right on May 11, 2010.

Membership: Mexico, Spain, United States, Puerto RicoMembership:

  • male/female
  • priests/lay

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To Carry the Word of God to all walks of life. Adapting means and ways that can bear fruit in action.  Being missionaries after the Heart of Christ, to be able to develop projects of solidarity for building the Kingdom of Christ, always doing everything: "Through Him, with Him and in Him

Apostolic commitments: Personal formation, integrating secular movements, extending the Kingdom of Christ.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Our Lady of Guadalupe; Mary is an example of obedience and loyalty in the communication of the fruits of the Redemption, in addition, there is a unique proximity to the Mother of Christ.

General Marian Characteristics: Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the community under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in whose lap it was born.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Consecration to Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

confraternidadorc.org

Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, Pontifical Council for the Laity, available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity/documents/rc_pc_laity_doc_20051114_associazioni_en.html

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Rosarian Fathers

http://therosarians.wordpress.com/the-congregation-of-the-rosarians/

Biographical Information

Founder: Father B. A. Thomas

Foundation: Founded in 1928 in Tholagatty, Sri Lanka

Ecclesial Recognition: Raised to Pontifical Status by John Paul II in 2002

Membership: Sri Lanka, India and Canada

Membership:

  • male/female
  • priests and religious

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious only

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To support all apostolic works of the Church by prayer and sacrifice.

Apostolic commitments: Contemplative life; hospitality especially to the poor and suffering.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Encyclical Rerum Ecclesiae of Pius XII; Encyclical ecclesia de Eucharistia and Apostolic Letter Rosarium Viriginis Mariae of John Paul II

General Marian Characteristics: Marian contemplation; imitation of her humility and simplicity

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: 24 Hour perpetual Rosary; daily life of habitual prayer centered on the Holy Eucharistic and lived in close union with the Blessed Mother.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: No direct external apostolate outside monastery precincts.

Sources:

http://therosarians.wordpress.com/the-congregation-of-the-rosarians/

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Clerical Society of Virgo Flos Carmeli

http://www.virgofloscarmeli.org/

Biographical Information

Founder: Monsignor John Scognamiglio Clá Dias

Foundation: 1956

Ecclesial Recognition: Approved as a diocesan institute June 15, 2006.  Received approval as a society of apostolic life by Benedict XVI on April 4, 2009.

Membership: Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Peru, Spain, Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Paraguay

Membership: In 2011, the Society has 83 priests, 34 deacons and 483 permanent members

  • male
  • religious

Organization

Lay/Religious: male religious only

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows: Vows of Evangelical Counsels

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: The sanctification the members, both the  brothers who belong as well as the sisters of the Heralds of the Gospel, according to the practice and development of their charisms.

Apostolic commitments: Painstaking practice of the virtue of fortitude; catechesis, evangelization

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations:

General Marian Characteristics:

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Consecration to Mary according to the  method of St.  Louis de Montfort; Recitation of the Little Office of the Immaculate Conception

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Promotion of Marian devotion through mailings to millions of families around the world

Sources:

http://www.virgofloscarmeli.org/

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Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

http://www.franciscansoftheimmaculate.com/

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Stefano Mahelli and Father Gabriel Maria Pellettieri

Foundation: 1970

Ecclesial Recognition: Established as a Institute of Religious Life with Pontifical Right by Pope John Paul II on August 2, 1970.

Membership:

  • male
  • religious

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows: Members take the Marian vow

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose:

Apostolic commitments:

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations:

General Marian Characteristics: The Tyraccia Marian is the way of life that the F.F. I. lives, a Marian plan for Franciscan life.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: The friars wear the Medal of the Immaculate Conception on their chests.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

http://www.franciscansoftheimmaculate.com/

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Consolata Missionaries

http://www.consolata.org/

Biographical Information

Founder: Blessed Joseph Allamano

Foundation: 1910

Ecclesial Recognition:

Membership:

  • male
  • religious

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To take the Gospel around the world

Apostolic commitments: Missionary work is undertaken not as an institution, but first and foremost as a family.  Members are dedicated to the mission in the fullest, without restrictions of any kind.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Mary as mother and a source of consolation

General Marian Characteristics: Mary is venerated under the title of Consolata

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Care for the whole world; witness to the universality of the Christian and the Church.  This "going beyond" overcomes territorial, racial, cultural, sociological and even religious boundaries.

Sources:

http://www.consolata.org/

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Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ

http://www.legionariesofchrist.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Marcial Marciel

Foundation: 1941

Ecclesial Recognition: Received canonical approval by the Holy See on May 25, 1947

Membership: Present in 23 countries in Europe, Australia and North and South America

Organization

Lay/Religious: priests and seminarians

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: A religious Congregation of priests and students for the priesthood who aspire to make Jesus Christ the model of their lives and to extend his Kingdom by striving for holiness and by means of apostolic activity.

Apostolic commitments: Education and teaching at all levels. Pastoral attention to youth and families. Catechesis and preaching of retreats . Evangelization and mission work, particularly in the Prelature of Cancún-Chetumal,  Supporting bishops in the formation of diocesan seminarians and in the ongoing formation of their priests. Attention to the underprivileged., Spiritual attention to Regnum Christi members

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations:

General Marian Characteristics: A Legionary fosters a tender and filial love for Mary, the Mother of the Church

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

http://www.legionariesofchrist.org

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Missionaries of the Divine Redeemer

http://www.c-mdr.org/

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Arturo D'Onofrio

Foundation: 1954

Ecclesial Recognition:

Membership: Italy, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Costa Rica.

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose:

Apostolic commitments:

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Our Lady of Consolation Carpinello

General Marian Characteristics:

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Mary is honored under the invocation of Our Lady of Consolation Carpinello. This title is not accidental, but expresses a history, a doctrine and a course of action.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

http://www.c-mdr.org/

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Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and Saint Mary of Guadalupe

www.mscymgpe.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Theodosius Martinez Ramos

Foundation: 1936

Ecclesial Recognition: Diocesan approval received by 1938; full papal recognition in 2002.

Membership: Mexico, Peru, United States

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: The establishment of the reign of the Sacred Heart among Indians, peasants and workers, mainly in regions where priests are lacking

Apostolic commitments: Missionary work among the native Indian populations of Mexico and other areas of the Americas.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Our Lady of Guadalupe

General Marian Characteristics: Progressive configuration to Christ in simplicity, humility, devotion, surrender, trust, obedience, zeal, love for the poor, purity of heart, solidarity and sacrifice

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: As part of our spiritual practices, both for the MSC to the laity with whom we celebrated our faith, among others, is the Eucharist enhance both its conclusion and in the fervent worship loving, encouraging views Friend Jesus hidden in the Tabernacle, car

Sources:

www.mscymgpe.org

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Missionary Servants (and Sisters) of the Word

http://www.cybersepa.org.mx/msp/index.html

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Butera Louis Vullo

Foundation: 1984

Ecclesial Recognition: Constitutions approved by the Holy See on June 6, 1997 as Religious Institutes of Diocesan Right  Established as  religious institutes of Pontifical Right on 22 February 2008 by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, with the approval of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows: vows

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To evangelize, in obedience to God's call and to live o life of service and sacrifice.

Apostolic commitments:

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: The Servants of the Word honor the Mother of Jesus, seeing her as their own mother and a role model.

General Marian Characteristics: Entrustment to the unique intercession of the Blessed Mother

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: To m make each day filled with God's love and to better serve others by proclaiming the message of salvation, all through the intercession of Mary

Sources:

http://www.cybersepa.org.mx/msp/index.html

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Sodalitium of Christian Life

sodalitium.us

Biographical Information

Founder: Luis Fernando Figari

Foundation: 1971

Ecclesial Recognition: Approved as a Society of Apostolic Life by John Paul II in 1997.

Membership: Several countries in America, Europe Asia, Africa and Australia

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Sanctity, with all that means, is the highest purpose of the Sodalist life.

Apostolic commitments:

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Walking in the company of Mary, the Sodalists learn how to live the full horizon of the Christian life.

General Marian Characteristics: Motivated by fidelity to the divine plan, Sodalists participate in the apostolic work of Holy Mary, following her example and cooperating with God, under her maternal guidance.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Sodalists strive to follow the plan of God, which includes filial piety to Holy Mary, in the way Christ instructed us from the Cross.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

sodalitium.us

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Society of Divine Vocations

www.vocationist.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Blessed Father Justin M. Russolillo

Foundation: 1920

Ecclesial Recognition: The Vocationist Fathers and Sisters became a congregation of Pontifical Right on January 3, 1948 and May 24, 1947, respectively.

Membership:

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: Community

Commitment/Vows: Candidates take temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for three years, after which the vows become permanent.

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To direct and lead members, and through them all people, to perfect union with the Divine Persons, through communion with the Sacred heart of Jesus.

Apostolic commitments: The mission is the searching out and formation of priestly and religious vocations, especially among the underprivileged.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Imitation of Mary

General Marian Characteristics:

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

www.vocationist.org

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Servants of Jesus and Mary

http://sjm-congregation.org/

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Andreas Hönisch

Foundation: 1988

Ecclesial Recognition: Officially recognized by Rome on July 16, 1988 as Congregation of Pontifical Right

Membership: Germany

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows: Members take a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To effectively join the priesthood and youth work.

Apostolic commitments: Youth work, especially the Catholic Boy Scouts of Europe

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Consecration to the Sacred heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

General Marian Characteristics:

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Consecration is renewed on special Feast days; members are obligated to daily renew this consecration and live it

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: To spread personal consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary among the faithful

Sources:

http://sjm-congregation.org/

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World Apostolate of Fatima

www.wafusa.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Harold V. Colgan

Foundation: 1947 as Blue Army of Fatima; became World Apostolate of Fatima in 2006

Ecclesial Recognition: Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima blessed and approved by Paul VI in 1947; statutes of World Apostolate of Fatima approved by decree of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in October 2005.

Membership: worldwide

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: Members are organized in small groups of at least two people under the guidance of a certified leader.

Commitment/Vows: Members make a pledge to the Blessed Mother

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To partially honor Our Lady's Fatima requests for prayer, penance and sacrifice in reparation for sin and in supplication for the conversion of sinners, the salvation of souls and world peace.

Apostolic commitments: Spreading the message of Fatima; National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: The Message of Fatima

General Marian Characteristics: Consecration to Mary; dissemination of and obedience to the message of Fatima

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Daily recitation of at least five decades of the Rosary; wearing of the Brown Scapular; Five First Saturdays Devotion

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Members meet in small groups on a regular basis under the direction of a certified leader; they also engage in a structured formation program

Sources:

www.wafusa.org

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Marian Movement of Priests

www.mmp-usa.net

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Stefano Gobbi

Foundation: 1972

Ecclesial Recognition:

Membership: worldwide

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: individual

Commitment/Vows: Members make an act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To encourage consecration, especially for priests, to the Immaculate heart of Mary, and whole-hearted devotion to the Magisterium of the Pope.

Apostolic commitments: Father Gobbi traveled the world holding Cenacles of Prayer

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: The message of Fatima

General Marian Characteristics: Consecration to Mary and fidelity to the Magisterium

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Recitation of Rosary during Cenacles of Prayer

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

www.mmp-usa.net

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America Needs Fatima

www.americaneedsfatima.org

Biographical Information

Founder:

Foundation: 1985

Ecclesial Recognition: America Needs Fatima has received hundreds of letters from bishops and priests – praising the apostolate or specific efforts it has undertaken

Membership: All states of the United States except Alaska

Membership: 125,000

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: individual

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: America Needs Fatima's goal is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady's Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. America urgently needs the prophetic messages of Our Lady at Fatima.

Apostolic commitments: To fulfill this desire in spreading our Lady's message, America Needs Fatima (ANF) has organized pro-life rallies, anti-blasphemy protests, the distribution of millions of fliers nationwide, a home visitation program enthroning statues of Our Lady of Fatima, and the promotion of books and devotional items.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: The message of Fatima

General Marian Characteristics: Spreading of the message of Fatima

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Rosary; First Saturdays

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: Promotion of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; promotion of the Rosary and First Saturdays devotion.

Sources:

www.americaneedsafatima.org

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Compagnia della Regina dei Gigli al servizio della Chiesa

www.operareginaliliorum.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Liliana del Paradiso Montereale

Foundation: 1980

Ecclesial Recognition: Approved by the Diocese of Naples on April 3, 1980.

Membership: In 2009, 6 priests, 40 sisters and 60 lay persons.

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: both

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: The basic message is an emphasis on purity.

Apostolic commitments:

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Mary is invoked as Queen of the Lilies

General Marian Characteristics:

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

www.operareginalilorum.org

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Congregazione mariana delle case di carità

www.casadellacarita.it

Biographical Information

Founder: Don Mario Prandi

Foundation: 1941

Ecclesial Recognition: Initial Church recognition by the Diocese of Reggio Emilia in 1956.

Membership: Albania, Brazil, India, Italy, Madagascar
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Membership: in 2009, 161

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Service to others and personal sanctification.

Apostolic commitments: A special commitment is made to caring for the poor.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations:

General Marian Characteristics: Organization is based on small "cottolengo", or old people's homes, each of which is named after a mystery of the Rosary

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: The Rosary, enriched with many mysteries that present the life of Jesus, is a way to entrust to Mary.  In the Rosary , Jesus the Word guides us and shows us the way to grow in charity.

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: The rosary is the favorite prayer of the poor, because it is simple and easy to pray.

Sources:

www.casadellacarita.it

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Madonna House

www.madonnahouse.org

Biographical Information

Founder: Catherine de Kueck Doherty

Foundation: 1947

Ecclesial Recognition: Approved by Diocese of Pembroke

Membership: Canada, United States, Grenada, Russia, Belgium, England

Membership: as of 2009, 250

Organization

Lay/Religious: priests, lay men and women

Individual/Community: Community; Public Association  of Christian faithful

Commitment/Vows: Members follow the "Little Mandate" which the foundress received from Christ

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Support of the lay apostolate through training at the Mother House in Pembroke, Ontario and in field houses scattered around the world.

Apostolic commitments:

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Members invoke Mary as our lady of Comber mere

General Marian Characteristics: Mary

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

www.madonnahouse.org

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Fraternité de Marie-Reine Immaculée

www.mariereineimmaculee.com

Biographical Information

Founder: Clémence Ledoux

Foundation: 1947

Ecclesial Recognition:

Membership: France, Ireland and Lebanon

Membership:

  • male only

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Family Messengers gathers baptized every state of life, choosing to live intimately linked to the person of Mary, to become witnesses of Jesus Christ, the reign of love and light, fully realized in her.

Apostolic commitments: To live and manifest to the heart of the Church and the world the mystery of Mary's universal kingship, and be known by the title of Queen of the universe immaculate.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Mary's Universal Queenship

General Marian Characteristics: Dedicated to the Lord in the commitment to celibacy for the Kingdom, members of the Brotherhood live an evangelical life in community, centered on the Eucharist, uniting the offering of their lives to Mary.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

www.mariereineimmaculee.com

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Piccolla Opera Regina Apostolorum

www.pora.it

Biographical Information

Founder: Sister Ada Taschera and Monsignor Valentino Vailati

Foundation: 1948

Ecclesial Recognition:

Membership: male and female

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To prepare priest and seminarians for the ministerial priesthood and to provide for their needs, including material necessities.

Apostolic commitments:

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Mary as Mother of the Eternal Priest and Queen of the Apostles

General Marian Characteristics: The daily life of members is centered on the Eucharist and devotion to Mary.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

www.pora.it

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La Famille Monastique de Bethléem, de L’Assomption,
de la Vierge et de Saint Bruno

www.bethleem.org

Biographical Information

Founder: A group of French pilgrims to Rome

Foundation: 1951

Ecclesial Recognition:

Membership: 29 monasteries of nuns and 4 of monks in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Austria, Israel, the United States, Germany, Argentina, Canada, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Chile, Cyprus, Algeria and Mexico and soon in Jordan.

Membership:

  • male/female

Organization

Lay/Religious: religious

Individual/Community: community

Commitment/Vows: members pass through stages up to permanent vows

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: To hear the call to give everything for new communities are born in the Church after the definition of the assumption in 1950. To share in the life of the Mother of God present in the heart of the Trinity , in a life of worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.

Apostolic commitments:

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: The definition of the Dogma of the Assumption by Pius XII in 1950.

General Marian Characteristics:

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Daily recitation of the angelus

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: The community receives the name of "The Assumption of the Virgin", which reminds the monks and nuns that the Virgin is the glorified model and archetype of their vocation. Their responsibility in the Church is to anticipate on this earth the life of the V

Sources:

www.bethleem.org

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The Fraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

www.viasacra.net/it.html

Biographical Information

Founder: Father Theodossios Mary of the Cross

Foundation: 1952

Ecclesial Recognition: Recognized as a Fraternity of Pious Union by the Archdiocese of Genoa in 1968

Membership: Italy, France, Scandinavia and Greece

Membership:

  • religious/lay
  • male/female

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: Community

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: Unity with Christ. A ministry which is aimed to convey above all a spiritual formation and ready to be modeled according to needs, always in harmony with the teaching of the Holy Father and the demands of the Pastors of the Church.

Apostolic commitments: Spiritual retreats, preaching, catechesis, publications, teaching in seminaries, university ministry, parish ministry, pastoral care in hospitals. In addition to Gregorian Chant and Sacred Music, the Society also cultivates painting and iconography.

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: The Blessed Virgin Mary lead us to God

General Marian Characteristics: The great secret of those who have experienced Christ is the willingness to remain stable.  The Blessed Virgin Mary is the only human shelter which guarantees that stability .

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises: Consecration to the Blessed Virgin; special place is held by the Rosary

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors:

Sources:

www.viasacra.net/it.html

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Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity
(Disciples of Jesus and Mary)

www.solt.org

Biographical Information

Founder: James H. Flanagan

Foundation: 1958

Ecclesial Recognition:

Membership: 500

  • religious/lay
  • male/female

Organization

Lay/Religious: both

Individual/Community: both

Commitment/Vows:

Purpose and Activities

Overall Purpose: The purpose of DJM is to offer all people an on-going training program. This program enables all to grow spiritually and to work effectively in the world.   The goal is to be a disciple of Jesus and Mary.

Apostolic commitments: The DJM training program of spiritual formation; Fraternity of Fatherhood

Marian Characteristics

Major Inspirations: Mary exemplified discipleship because she was graced with a perfect relationship with the Trinity. Mary was the Daughter of the Father, the Spouse of the Holy spirit, and the Mother of the Son. Mary's discipleship to the Most Holy Trinity is the most comp

General Marian Characteristics: Members disciple Jesus and Mary.  In Discipleship they follow the path of Jesus and Mary.

Spiritual\Devotional Exercises:

Pastoral/Apostolic Endeavors: To live the Gospel and help others to also by example. To serve the poor, the widows, the orphans, the elderly – all God's children – especially the little ones. We minister to those in need according to the capacity given to us by God to serve. Through p

Sources:

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