Lay consecrated women respond to God’s call to follow him completely by professing vows or other sacred bonds of poverty, chastity and obedience. Lay consecrated live fraternal life in community according to their proper rule or constitutions. Having dedicated their life to Christ and the Church, they devote themselves to the sanctification of the world, particularly by working and evangelizing within the world through their specific charism and mission.
LOCAL COMMUNITIES OF LAY CONSECRATED
Apostles of the Interior Life
The Apostles of the Interior Life are consecrated women who dedicate their lives to God through the profession of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience.
They live in community and have prayer at the center of their day. Their formation includes also philosophical and theological studies.
Their apostolate ranges from evangelization to spiritual formation, including spiritual direction. At the heart of their apostolate is the personal relationship, reaching out to people in their various environments and needs, with a particular care for the youth and young adults.
The consecrated women of the Work of Mary, or Focolare Movement, live in small communities called focolare centers (houses): They strive to keep alive the “fire” of the love of God from which the name “focolare” derives - (hearth in Italian).
They feel drawn by God, and have given their lives to Him, firmly convinced of His love. They have left father, mother, family, and lands, to contribute to the realization of Jesus’ prayer: “That all be one” (Jn 17:21).
At present there are 2,522 consecrated women living in focolare centres in 86 countries. They can be found in universities, in hospitals, in the United Nations, beside the sick and the poor on the fringes of the great metropolises and in frontier territories, in skyscrapers and in slums, in villages and capital cities. They wish to make Jesus present according to the words of Scripture: “For where two or more gather in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20). This experience of unity, of God among us, is the force that leads them to build bridges of peace, to enkindle the light of hope in the midst of darkness, and to respond with love to violence.
Their vocation recalls something that Chiara Lubich once wrote:
“This is the great attraction of the modern world: To enter into the highest contemplation while remaining immersed in the crowd...”
Having personally experienced Christ’s love in our hearts, we respond to his call through our total consecration to him by professing private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Our fraternal life is rooted in, and aspires to reflect the love of the Holy Trinity, and we live out our spirituality and mission in vibrant international communities. Our lay consecration means we seek to be “in the world but not of the world.”. We dedicate ourselves entirely to evangelization, accompanying and forming others to become apostles of Christ’s Kingdom, according to the Regnum Christi charism. We are an approved Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right founded in 1969, and we just celebrated 50 years since the first women made their vows as Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi.