CONGREGATION FOR INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED
LIFE AND SOCIETIES OF APOSTOLIC LIFE
FOR THE PREPARATION
OF PERIODIC REPORTS
on the Status and Life of
of Consecrated Life
and Societies of Apostolic Life
CIC can. 592 §1)
Attachment to Prot. n. SpR 640/2008
Prot. n. SpR 640/2008
The Holy See takes special interest in
consecrated life “deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord,
and a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit” (Vita consecrata
1). In particular, it expresses care for Institutes of Consecrated Life and
Societies of Apostolic Life: their universal presence and the evangelical
character of their witness are decisive elements for the mission of the Church
and her call to communion and holiness (cf.
Vita consecrata 9). For
these reasons this Dicastery places great importance on the Report on the Status
and Life of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life which
Supreme Moderators are to send to this Congregation at the time of their General
Chapters. In a clear manner these reports foster communion with the Holy See in
conformity with can. 592 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. In addition to supplying
useful, factual information, an attentive reading of these reports enhances the
theological, juridical and pastoral reflections of this Congregation for
Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, thus helping to
concretise the service which this Dicastery is called to offer to consecrated
life in these times of social and cultural complexity.
To facilitate the preparation of this informative report, the
Dicastery suggests a series of themes to be covered in order to ensure that the
Report can serve the purpose for which it is sought. Supreme Moderators are
asked either to follow the format of the enclosed brochure “Suggested Guidelines
for the Preparation of Periodic Reports to the Holy See” when preparing the
Document or to send the Report on the Status of the Institute presented to the
Chapter with supplemental information regarding themes that might not be present
in said Report. May the Lord abundantly bless you for your service of leadership
in ecclesial communion. We send heartfelt greetings in the Lord to each member
of your community as together you seek to live Gospel values in your search for
God and His Kingdom.
Vatican, Pentecost 2008
Franc Card. Rodé, C.M.
+ Gianfranco A. Gardin, OFM Conv.
1. FOUNDATION, CHARISM AND MISSION OF THE INSTITUTE
Provide a brief description of the identity of the
Institute and of the aspects of the founding Charism which were most
stressed in recent years.
2. A BRIEF AND SUMMARIZED STATISTICAL REPORT
Number of perpetually professed members with age
Number of temporarily professed members with age
Number of formandi in each level of formation, divided
by continent of origin.
Distribution of members according to Continents.
Number of departures and primary reasons.
3. CONSTITUTIONS, RULES, AND CUSTOMS OF THE INSTITUTE
Date of the latest approved revision of the
Are the Constitutions presently in need of revision?
When was the Ratio institutionis last revised?
What means are used in ongoing formation to assist
members in their knowledge of and fidelity to the Constitution and Rules
of the Institute?
4. THE PRIMACY OF THE SPIRIT
17-19; 35; 39; 88-90)
What are some tangible signs of the members’ desire to
respond to the call to holiness through the sequela Christi and
the living of Gospel values?
Describe the members’ commitment to Liturgy, the Word,
and personal prayer as responses to the Spirit’s promptings to be
configured to Christ.
5. COMMUNION IN COMMUNITY
Do the members manifest an appreciation of Consecrated
life, lived as signum fraternitatis?
Do they give witness to being communities rich in “joy
and the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13,52)?
How much emphasis is placed on lectio divina,
faith-sharing and community meetings, etc.?
How much importance is placed upon “life lived in
common” and the spiritual and human growth of individual members?
How are elderly members cared for? What means are taken
to form new leadership?
How is authority exercised within the Institute at the
various levels (Houses, Regions, Provinces, etc.) and what means are
used to facilitate communication and relationships among the various
6. MISSION AND MINISTRY
How do members manifest their appreciation of
Consecrated Life lived in the Church as servitum caritatis?
In what ministries are members of the community
currently involved and how do these ministries reflect the founding
charism in the various Cultures where members serve?
What programs of ongoing formation are offered to
members in order to assure an updated and inculturated apostolic
In the light of internal demographic shifts, what
measures are being employed by the Institute to respond to its mission
in the Church?
How is the Institute responding to new needs in the
mission and the world?
7. VOCATION RECRUITMENT/FORMATION
When were the Ratio formationis and the Ratio
studiorum last revised?
What means are taken to recruit new members?
What criteria are used in the selection and retention of
How are members formed in the Institute?
Does the Institute form part of any Inter- Institute
8. RELATIONS IN THE CHURCH
How are members formed in the spirituality of communion,
in sentire cum Ecclesia, in insertion of communities into the
Dioceses in which they serve, relationships with Bishops and Pastors?
Does the Institute form part of any Federations or
Unions of Institutes with similar Charisms? (cf.
Is the Institute a member of the International and
National Conferences of Superiors General?
9. FINANCIAL STATUS AND PROPERTIES
What is the status of the Institute’s finances and
Is the community able to support its missions and
What provisions are made for the sharing of goods within
the Institute and for the medical and retirement care of the members?
What initiatives does the Institute undertake to share
its goods with the poor?
10. STATUS OF THE INSTITUTE
(cf. VVita consecrata
What are the major successes and challenges which the
Institute has experienced in recent years?
What are the major issues which the Institute must
confront during the next administration?
What are the short and long range plans for the future
of the Institute?
Other questions of particular interest.
Vatican, Pentecost 2008