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Holy Family Institute

We are Catholic Christian couples and the widowed who are on a journey toward evangelical perfection in the World by drawing inspiration from the Holy Family of Nazareth, model, light and source of grace.

We propose, as a goal, the sanctification of marriage and family life, accepting the gift of the vows of married chastity, poverty, and obedience as a couple and being a witness to the Gospel in the environment we live and work in: family, workplace, church community and the secular society.

The “Holy Family” Institute, made up of Catholic spouses, is a Work of the Society of St. Paul and is aggregated to it. “Secularity” is the condition of the members, in the sense that they aspire to evangelical perfection in the world according to their state and that they carry out the apostolate “as they work from within earthly realities”.

Members, “moved by the Spirit”,

  • in order to live more deeply the lifestyle of the Family of Nazareth;

  • in order to live with greater integrity the gift of conjugal life and so “sanctify the community of the Church and the world”;

  • in order to carry out the apostolate more effectively and in every place,

commit themselves to seek evangelical perfection in marriage through the vows of conjugal chastity, poverty and obedience, regulating their lives on the lines of the Statute of the Holy Family Institute.

Catholic couples, in virtue of the sacrament of matrimony, through which they signify and share the mystery of unity and fruitful love which exists between Christ and the Church, should help each other reach the holiness of married life.

The condition of the members of the “Holy Family” Institute is “secular” in the sense that they strive for the perfection of charity in the world, while in a juridical sense they are aggregated to the Society of St. Paul and are an integral part of the Pauline Family.

(The Statute & Directory of the Holy Family Institute, No. 1.)




Prot. No. A. 77-1/81


The (now Blessed) Servant of God, Fr. James Alberione, moved by the desire to promote the spir­itual good and sanctity of the Christian family, founded in 1963 the Institute called “Holy Family”, for husbands and wives who wish to commit themselves to seeking evangelical perfection in marriage by means of the vows of conjugal chastity, poverty and obedience.

On June 19, 1982, the Holy See declared that the Institute was a Work proper to the Society of St. Paul and aggregated to it, and approved its Statute for a ten-year experimental period.

When the experimental period ended with positive results, the Superior General of the Society of St. Paul presented a new Statute of the abovementioned Institute to the Apostolic See, humbly asking that it be definitively approved.

This Congregation for the Institutes of consecrated life and the Societies of Apos­tolic life, having carefully examined the Statute presented, approves and confirms it with this Decree, with the alterations introduced by this same Congregation, in conformity with the official Italian-language copy conserved in the Congregation’s archives.

Inspired by the example of the Holy Fam­ily of Nazareth, Institute members should increasingly understand their particular vocation in the family – “the little domes­tic church” – so as to bring to it an authentic conjugal love.

Given at Rome, March 19, 1993, Solem­nity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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  • "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me" Gal 2:20