Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Decree on the apostolic visitation of women religious in the USA, 22 December 2008.


The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) has the authority to intervene in those matters reserved to the Holy See regarding consecrated life (cf. Pastor Bonus, 108, §1). Cardinal Franc Rode, Prefect of the Congregation, with the faculties granted to him by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in an audience on November 17, 2008, issued a decree naming Mother Mary Clare Millea, superior general of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as Apostolic Visitator ad inquirendum et referendum to look into the quality of the life of women religious in the United States. Upon completion of this apostolic visitation, Mother Mary Clare Millea will forward to the CICLSAL a detailed report. The text of the Prefect’s decree follows:




Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

December 22, 2008

Prot. N. 16805/2008

Decree

The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has the task of intervening in all that is reserved to the Holy See regarding consecrated life (cf. Pastor Bonus n. 108, §1). In order to look into the quality of the life of religious women in the United States, the Prefect of this Dicastery, with the faculties granted to him by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in an audience on November 17, 2008, has decided to nominate, and with the present decree nominates,

Reverend Mother Mary Clare MILLEA,

Superior General of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Apostolic Visitator ad inquirendum et referendum of the General Houses, Provincial Houses and Centers of Initial Formation, of the principal Religious Institutes of Women in the United States of America.

Upon completion of this Apostolic Visitation, the Apostolic Visitator will also seek information from those Diocesan Bishops in whose Dioceses the above-mentioned General Houses, Provincial Houses and Centers of Initial Formation are located.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

(signed)

Cardinal Franc Rodé, CM

Prefect

(signed)

Archbishop Gianfranco A. Gardin, OFM Conv.

Archbishop Secretary




Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Decree on the apostolic visitation of women religious in the USA, 22 December 2008, CLSA Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2009, 55-56.