Married and Celibate Lay Members


The Lay Branch is made up of lay men and women: married, single, consecrated virgins, and permanent deacons. Responding to God’s call, they seek to follow Him according to the Charism of the Community of the Beatitudes. They dedicate their lives to the Lord, living out the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity, and obedience) along with Christ’s proclamation of the Beatitudes (see Mt 5:1-12). They live in the world as witnesses to the Gospel and the coming of the Kingdom.

Lay members make commitments in the Community as a response to the urgent call that the Church has addressed to Lay People since Vatican II. The call to holiness and to an active participation in the mission of the Church that flows from the grace of Baptism.  

Fraternal and Community Life

Couples, families, and celibates choose to live out a form of commun and fraternal life that is compatible with their respective state of life. The lay commitment takes on different forms, enabling them to persevere in their call amidst varying limits, situations, and stages in life.

  • Certain members choose to be part of a household within a Community House. Families live in their own apartments or houses on the property. They have daily moments of common life with other lay members and with the larger community.
  • Other members choose to live in personal homes outside of the residential community. They participate in community life at specified times during the week.
  • Finally, members may share in a fraternity, living in separate locations, but gathering at set times during the week at each other’s homes or in a common space.  

Prayer Life

Lay members strive to a deep and unceasing prayer life. Amidst family and professional commitments, they try to pray everywhere and at all times. Still, they try to keep at time alone with God at the heart of their day. They keep in mind that fruitfulness flows from a heart-to-heart prayer and from meditating on the Word of God.

Lay members join in the Liturgy of the larger community as much as possible, but they also take it to heart to develop an authentic life of prayer as an individual, as a couple, and as a family.


Lay members have professional work in the greater society, in the Church, or in an apostolat of the Community connected with the consecrated brothers and sisters.


Couples and celibates who have a particular call to evangelization or ministries of compassion take an active part in the mission and apostolates of the Beatitudes, in communion with the priests, brothers, and sisters of the Community. They may have missions entrusted to them by the Community or personal missions.


Each lay member has a personal charter articulating their commitment. They decide on the details of this charter with the Lord and in dialogue with the Lay Branch of the Community. This charter is effective for the duration of a year and may be modified annually, with the counsel of the local lay coordinator. The charter takes into account one’s level of community commitment, professional life, living situation, fraternal life, mission, and formation.

Stages of Integration

One becomes a member of the Community through steps that vary according to one’s present or eventual state of life. Lay members follow a track that takes at least five years to arrive at lifetime commitments; those discerning consecrated life have a path that takes at least eight years.

Discerning a Vocation

Would you like to meet the community or even discern a call? Come and see! Come spend a few days in one of our houses to discover the charism of the Community and to take a step towards God’s will for your life.

FIrst, write to the nearest house, explaining your desire to get to know the community and to meet its members. See “Where to find us”.

If you have already stayed with the Community, email us to discuss how you would like to move forward.


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