Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Definitive departure from a sui iuris monastery, 2005, Private.


A nun in solemn profession in a sui iuris monastery of pontifical right petitioned for an indult of exclaustration and departed the monastery in order to evaluate her vocation. She returned to the Monastery, but within a period of two years petitioned for an indult of departure.

The major superior of the monastery brought the petition before the council. The four members of the council agreed with the major superior that the nun was not happy in her vocation and together with the major superior presented this opinion to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) and recommended that sister be granted the indult of departure in accord with canons 691-692 of the Code of Canon Law. The rescript received in English from CICLSAL reads as follows:




Congregazione per gli Instituti dI Vita Consacrata e le Societa de Vita apostolica

Prot. n. _____

Most Holy Father

Sister _____, a solemnly professed member of the Monastery _____, Archdiocese of _____, requests of Your Holiness an indult to leave the religious life, so that she may freely and legitimately return to secular life for the reasons presented.

The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life, after careful consideration of the reasons submitted, grants the petition as requested.

The petitioner is not to wear the religious habit any longer, and is separated from her religious institute.

The petitioner is (to) be aware that, according to canon 702, § 1, she cannot request anything from the religious institute for any work done in it. The religious institute, nevertheless, in accordance with canon 702, §2, is to observe equity and evangelical charity towards her.

The rescript, unless it is not rejected by the petitioner when it is communicated to her, brings with it a dispensation from the vows and all obligations arising from profession.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

Vatican/Date _____

Undersecretary




When presented with the indult of departure, the nun accepted it and indicated the same by signing the back of the rescript. The major superior likewise signed the rescript and marked the date signed by both. She gave a copy to the separated member and kept a copy for the records of the Monastery.




Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Definitive departure from a sui iuris monastery, 2005, Private, CLSA, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2005, 18-19.