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Our Holy Father

Prot. No. A. 77-1/81


The 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 above mentioned 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.

Eduardo Cardinal Martinez Somalo Prefect + Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa Secretary.

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