Secular Institutes and secular Orders

1. Caritas Christi

2. Council for the Marist Way

3. Franciscan Sisters Minoress (FSM) Companions

4. The Grail

5. The Lay Dominican Fraternity

6. The Oblates of S. Gilbert

7. Presentation Associates

8. Secular Franciscan Order (OFS)

9. Secular Order of Discalced (Teresian) Carmelites

10. Third Order Secular of the Blessed Virgin mary of Mount Carmel

This page is under development. It should eventually contain information and contact details for every one of the secular Institutes and Orders listed to the left.


1. Caritas Christi is an international secular institute for women, its members committing their lives totally to God. As part of that commitment, they choose the celibate life, with the end of dedicating their love on a daily basis and in its completeness to God, the Church and humanity in general. For more information, please contact Mrs. J. Horsfield at 11 Lightborne Road, Sale M33 5FG, or visit the website at http://ccworldinfo.org/.

2. The Marist Way is the lay branch of the Marist Congregation, eager to participate in the life and mission of the Church in the 'Spirit of Mary,' as envisioned by Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the Marist colleges of priests, sisters, brothers, missionary sisters and laity. Marists endeavour to think, feel, judge and act as Mary the Mother of God did, at Nazareth and at Pentecost. It is the belief of the Marists that Mary has a special interest in drawing people of our own time to her Son and are concerned to share in this concern of Mary's and to become part of her family, to work on her behalf. For more information about Lay Marists and the Marist Way groups, please contact Mrs. P. O'Connor at 12 Harrow Road, Linthorpe, Middlesborough TS5 5PD, or by calling 01642 814486, or by sending email to patriciaoconnor@ntlworld.com. The Council of the Marist Way has a website at www.maristway.org.

3. The FSM Companions are lay associates of the Franciscan Sisters Minoress, the name 'Companions' being chosen in the spirit of the first Companions of S. Francis. The Companions meet once a month and are introduced to the life of S. Francis and his spiritual legacy to the Church, in the context of the lived experience of the Sisters. For more information, please contact Sr. Thomas More at the Franciscan Convent at 52 Dalby Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0BP, or by calling 01664 562422, or by contacting one of the FSM Sisters in your area.

4. The Grail Institute offers a particular way of life to single or widowed Catholic women, who make a formal commitment to live out their baptismal promises through the channel of the Grail Society and its mission, seeking to find God in their everyday life situations. Members may join the Grail Community or become Companions of the Community. For more information, please contact M. Harper at 54 Colwyn Avenue, Derby DE23 6HG, or by calling 01332 768132.

5. The Lay Dominican Fraternity is an essential and active part of the Dominican apostolate, called to spread the Gospel in the tradition of S. Dominic, through prayer, study of Scripture, while simultaneously seeking for peace, justice and truth in the world. The provincial promoter of the Fraternity is Rev. Fr. J. Farrell OP, the provincial president Mr. P. Kilty OP and the local chaplain Rev. Fr. F. Radcliffe OP. For more information, please contact the President, Mr. P. Doyle OP at 19 Water's Edege, 631 Beverley Road, Hull HU6 7JT, or by calling 01482 802020; alternatively, please contact the Secretary, Mrs. B. Knight OP at 43 West Street, Swinton, Malton YO17 6SP, or by calling 01653 693908.

6. The Oblates of S. Gilbert are men and women who try to live their daily lives according to the example of S. Gilbert of Sempringham, the founder of the only English monastic Order, established in Lincolnshire. Modern-day Gilbertines are found in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, the West Midlands, and Scotland, and meet regularly at Mount S. Bernard's Abbey in Leicestershire. For further information, please contact Rev. Fr. H. Costello OCSO at Mount S. Bernard's Abbey, Oaks Road, Whitwick, Coalville LE67 5UL, or by calling 01530 832298; or by contacting Mrs. E. Hodson at 16 Osgood Road, Nottingham NG5 6RF, or by calling 0115 9553101; or by contacting the Rev. Mr. M. Harwood at S. Patrick's presbytery, Wolverhampton Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton WV10 0QQ, or by calling 017714 183267.

7. The Presentation Associates are men and women committed to the Gospel, who are also attracted to the spirituality and charism of the Venerable Nano Nagle, foundress of the Order of the Presentation. Groups of Associates are found in Buxton, Glossop, Leicester, Matlock, Warsop, Derby, the High Peak, Market Harborough and Nottingham. For more information, please contact a Presentation Sister or Mrs. V. Gebbett at 196 Newshaw Lane, Hadfield, Glossop SK13 2AY, or by calling 01457 867772, or by sending e-mail to valgebbett@gmail.com.

8. The Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) belongs to the family of Franciscans and, in their lay state, members permanently commit themselves to live the Gospel as S. Francis did, following his Rule. The OFS is also open to diocesan clergy and there are more than eight hundred and fifty secular Franciscans in Great Britain, working in fraternities to grow in the love of God and in peace with each other. For more information, please contact the national secretary, Mrs. S. Baartholomeusz OFS at Flat 9, Byron Court, Osborne Road, Thornton Heath CR7 8PD, or by sending e-mail to natsec@ofsgb.org.uk. Meanwhile, the website is available at ofsgb.org.uk.

9. The Secular Order of Discalced (Teresian) Carmelites belongs to the Carmelite family of nuns, friars and laity who live the same spirituality and charism in their various states of life. The focus of the Order is prayer as a heart-to-heart meeting with Christ in inner silence and solitude, nourished by prayerful reading of Scripture, by the Holy Mass and by the Prayer of the Church, daily life being inspired by the Rule of S. Albert. In the Diocese, there are three linked but autonomous groups, the S. Edith Stein Community, which meets in Derby and has members from Derbyshire, Burton and Leicestershire; the Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity Group, which meets in Nottingham and has members from Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire; and the Holy Rosary Group, which has members from Grimsby, Cleethorpes and the surrounding area. For more information about the secular Carmelite life and the various associated groups, please contact Dr. H. Ward at 19 Beeley Close, Belper DE56 1TY, or by sending e-mail to heatherward55@gmail.com (Derby, Nottingham and spirituality groups) or by calling 01773 59992; or Mrs. A. S. Gardham at 32 Grantham Avenue, Grimsby DN33 2HG, or by calling 01472 750660.

10. The Third Order secular of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is an expression of Carmelite spirituality for lay people, forming an integral part of the Carmelite Order and family. Lay Carmelites seek to live the ancient charism of Carmel in community, prayer and service, and with contemplation at its heart - all this in their individual circumstances as lay Christians. For further information, please contact Ms. A. Bunyan at 17 Brooklands Road, Cosby, Leicester LE9 1SD, or by calling 07948 015643. The Leader, Mrs. T. Cardwell, may also be contacted by sending e-mail to teresacardwell@ntlworld.com.