Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Response Concerning the Readmission to an Institute after its Union, 1997. Private.
A woman sought readmission to an institute from which she had received an indult of departure over twenty years ago. During that time, with the permission of the Apostolic See, the religious institute had united with others to form a new institute in accord with canon 582. The canonist assisting the woman sought advice from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (hereafter CICL). Was this considered a readmission in accord with canon 690, or did the woman have to remake the novitiate? The institute to which she had previously belonged had united with others, losing its former identity to form a new entity. A study of the constitutions and directory of the new institute found them to be consistent with canon 690 of the code for readmission after novitiate and profession. CICL replied as follows:
Prot. N. _____
A woman wishing to return to _________, according to canon 690, §1 in view of her previous membership in one of the formerly autonomous institutes, seems justified. When her original congregation entered as a unit into the newly formed single congregation, the members did not need to make a new profession. In this case, the _________ congregations were strongly identified in their charism and spirit. Thus, we believe the canon may be used in this case, obviously taking into consideration what amount of time in probation before temporary vows might be prudent in view of the length of time the individual was living outside religious life.
With personal best wishes, I remain
Yours sincerely in Christ,
RRAO (1997): 14-15.