The Constitutions of Miles Christi read: “United to the Miles Christi Institute (cf. CIC 677, § 2) and placed under its high direction (cf. cc. 303 and 311 CIC), the ‘Consecrated Women of Miles Christi’ Public Association of the Faithful calls together women who, with the help of divine grace and Mary Most Holy—the most sublime Consecrated Woman of God—strive to achieve the perfection of Christian charity. To do this, they consecrate themselves to God our Lord through the profession of private vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, according to the spirit of Miles Christi.
“The Consecrated Women are associated with the Institute, contributing their feminine charisma and talent for the common work of the sanctification of the laity—principally among adolescents and the youth—and the establishment of the reign of Christ in individuals and society.”
In the year 2000, Archbishop Hector Aguer of Argentina, the birthplace of our beloved Order, recognized a growing interest in religious vocations for women in the spirit of Miles Christi. In time and with much planning and prayer, on June 15, 2012, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Archbishop canonically approved the Association of Consecrated Women of Miles Christi.
Here is central part of the Archbishop’s decree:
“With this document: 1) I establish the ‘Consecrated Women of Miles Christi’ public Association of the faithful (cf. canon 312 §1, 3) with legal status (cf. canon 313), united to the Miles Christi Clerical Religious Order of diocesan right (cf. canon 677 §2) and place it under the direction of that same Order (cf. canon 303, 311 and 317).
“2) I approve the Statutes of 194 articles (including three provisional ones) according to what canon 314 establishes.
“3) I urge the ‘Consecrated Women of Miles Christi’ to observe with fidelity the approved Statutes so that each one may be a living offering of holiness and respond to the world’s need for the sanctifying and social efficacy of the feminine apostolate, especially in the field of education.”
This Army of Consecrated Women, of apostolic character and fraternal life in common, is made up of women who, with the help of divine grace and the Blessed Virgin Mary—the most sublime Consecrated Woman of God—battle to reach the perfection of Christian charity and consecrate themselves to God our Lord, through the profession of private vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Participating in the spirit of Miles Christi, they will also help the Religious Order in the fulfillment of its apostolic end, principally among adolescents, high school and college students, and ardently seek for Christ to reign in individuals and society.
‘A world made by women formed according to the model of the Virgin Mary; a world surrendered at Mary’s feet, will not be anything but a world of saints. Time and circumstances are pressing, therefore hands to work!’
(inspired by St. Henry of Ossó)
The Association of Consecrated Women of Miles Christi, along with the entire Order to which it is united, invokes the Blessed Virgin Mary with the sweet name of Mater Dolorosa, causa nostrae laetitiae (Sorrowful Mother, cause of our joy). Nevertheless, it has Our Lady of Guadalupe, on whose feast this Association was founded, as a special patroness, and it venerates St. Catherine of Siena, the model of a Consecrated Woman living in the world, as a secondary patroness.
Called to live and work in our society, these Consecrated Women want to be the leaven of Christian life within it. Therefore, they will not wear a habit, which is the distinctive sign of the religious state. They are not religious: they are Consecrated. They are not called “Sister,” but use their own names.
They will dedicate themselves particularly to teach subjects related to philosophy and theology in high schools, given that the fiercest battle against the world is in the field of education where God and Christ are being to be eliminated from our society. In order to carry out their mission within the Church, the Consecrated Women have a comprehensive program of formation that prepares them in the spiritual, human, intellectual, and social spheres.
May the Lord grant abundant blessings to this Community of Consecrated Women of Miles Christi, so that, sanctifying themselves to the point of heroism, God will grant them the ability to conquer many souls for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ!