Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Erection of a public association of the faithful as a religious institute of diocesan right, 2012, Private.
In 199 __ a community was erected as a Public Association of the Faithful in accordance with canons 298-320. In 2011, the foundress petitioned the diocesan bishop to erect the community as an Institute of Diocesan Right. In accordance with canon 579, the bishop sought the consent of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life by sending the required documents. Below are the Congregation’s response (English original) and the bishop’s decree.
CONGREGATION FOR INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED LIFE AND SOCIETIES OF APOSTOLIC LIFEVatican City, ___2012
Prot. N. ___
Having carefully examined all the documents presented to this Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, this Dicastery is pleased to give its consent for you to erect the Public Association of the (name of the community), located in your Diocese, as a Religious Institute of Diocesan Right, if you so desire.
The following procedure is to be observed in its erection as an Institute of Diocesan Right.
The lawfully designated Prioress General will make her perpetual profession of vows in your hands or in the hands of a priest delegated by Your Excellency, according to the formula indicated in the Constitutions. All the other professed members will make their temporary or perpetual vows in the hands of the Prioress General or in the hands of her delegate, the norms of the universal law of the Church and the Constitutions are to be observed.
Temporary [temporal] goods are to be kept in such a manner that they will have standing in both ecclesiastical and civil law.
Your Excellency, we encourage you to accompany this new religious family with a fatherly concern. We ask that you take special care in ensuring that the Institute has regular General Chapters, during which the sisters can elect their Superior, as foreseen in their Constitutions and in accord with the provisions of canon law. Particular attention must also be given to the rules concerning the administration of the Institute, implemented in regular Chapters of Affairs.
On (date) the Master of (name of the religious family) recognized the Public Association (name of community) as part of the (name of the religious family), we want to recommend, Your Excellency, that this cooperation will always remain vital because with the protection and intercession of St. (name of the founder of the religious family), the Institute can bear abundant fruit.
Finally, we ask you to kindly send a copy of the Decree of Erection of the new Institute and a copy of its approved Constitutions to this Congregation.
In the sincere hope that God will continue to abundantly bless the (name of the community), and the Diocese of (name), we take this opportunity to wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
João Braz Card. De Aviz
P. Sebastiano Paciolla, O.Cist
DECREE: INSTITUTE OF DIOCESAN RIGHTHaving reviewed the revised Constitution of the (name of the community), a Public Association of the Faithful whose motherhouse is located at (address), and who have been living a more perfect life through the observance of the vows in the spirit of Saint (name of the original founder of the religious family) since 199__; and
Having been given the nihil obstat from the Congregation for Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life on (date) in accordance with canon 579; and
Bearing in mind Pastor bonus, Arts. 105, 106 §1, 107, and 108 §1;
I, Bishop (name), decree that the (name of the community) be erected as an Institute of Diocesan Right in the Diocese of (name) in accordance with canon 579; and as the Bishop of the principal seat of this community, I also approve their Constitution in accordance with canons 587 §2 and 595 §1.
Given at the Chancery in (name of the Diocese) on this the ___ day of ____ 2013.
Name of Bishop
Name of the Chancellor
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Erection of a public association of the faithful as a religious institute of diocesan right, 2012, Private, CLSA, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2013, 31-33.