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As the name implies, the Voluntas Dei Institute is a group of Catholic Christians who support one another in discerning God's will and desire for us in our everyday lives. We encourage one another in the very concrete aspects or our spirituality to carry out God's plan for us each day. 

The Voluntas Dei Institute is a Secular Institute uniting under a common ideal Catholic Christians - either clerics or laymen, celibate or married - whose only aim is to know the will of God, cling to it, love it, and carry it out. All have the same rights and obligations except those proper to their state of life.

The best way to get to know our members better is to hear some of their stories. Please see the video profiles below and the additional member profiles at the end of this webpage.

1. Video profile of a secular institute priest 2. Video profile of a secular institute married couple 3. Video profile of a single layman

Our Institute seeks to group together baptized persons who, whatever may be "their place and function they are taking in the structure of the People of God"(Pope Paul VI), are dedicated to the genuine profession of the evangelical counsels under various forms compatible with their professional activities; consecrated persons placed in the world, solidly trained on the professional as well as on the spiritual level, who adopt a life-style compatible with the nature and aim of the Institute.

Members of the Institute endeavor to acquire excellent professional training. Throughout his professional life, the constant preoccupation of the member of the Voluntas Dei Institute is to be deeply permeated by the Gospels so as to be more and more a witness because "the disciple has a grave obligation to Christ his Master, to grow daily in his knowledge of the truth he has received from Him, to be faithful in announcing it...without having recourse to methods contrary to the spirit of the Gospel." (Dignitatis Humanae, XIV, 4)

In order to realize to the fullest their vocation, the married lay member lives the vows, drawing this inspiration from the Beatitudes, nourishing his/her love with matrimonial spirituality, and binding himself/herself to the directives of the Church by strict obedience.

Besides the general training given to all the members of the Institute, those destined to ministries will receive special formation in conformity with the directives of the Church as required by Canon Law and other documents of the Magisterium, being mindful at the same time of the traditions of the local Church.

Through steady work and the exercise of their trade or profession the lay person shall strive to make of his/her commitment a most fitting witness to Christ and to the Church. 

Member Profiles  

These profiles taken from past newsletters show a "snapshot in time" of the story of some of our members, to give a fuller picture of "who we are."