Contact person: Clare Barros
Pope Francis addresses this paragraph to the laity in his Apostolic Letter on Consecrated Persons:
"In this letter, I wish to speak not only to consecrated persons, but also to the laity, who share with them the same ideals, spirit and mission. Some Religious Institutes have a long tradition in this regard, while the experience of others is more recent. Indeed, around each religious family, every Society of Apostolic Life and every Secular Institute, there is a larger family, a “charismatic family”, which includes a number of Institutes which identify with the same charism, and especially lay faithful who feel called, precisely as lay persons, to share in the same charismatic reality."
From our beginnings we have been blessed with many who shared our ideals and associated themselves with us in informal ways. In this time in our history, we have a more formal association with our monastery in the lay associate group.
The Lay Cistercian Friends Group originated in 1998 with a series of talks we offered to share our life as part of the celebration of 900th anniversary of the founding of Citeaux. The original core members of that group have been with us now for fifteen years. Nine members (pictured above) made a commitment to the abbey in February 2014. They are part of the of the International Association of Lay Cistercians. The essential element in their monthly meetings is shared lectio divina.