The Voluntas Dei Institute is a secular institute of pontifical right in the Catholic Church with members in 22 countries.Secular Institutes are a new form of consecrated life, officially recognised since 1947.

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The Voluntas Dei Institute (I.V.Dei)a secular institute for all the baptised, was founded by Father Louis-Marie Parent, O.M.I., in the chapel of our Lady of LaSalette (Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada). At its founding, the Institute numbered ten young men, of whom four were received into profession, five began probation, and one started aspirancy.


The Voluntas Dei Institute is composed of baptised and consecrated people who live the evangelical counsels of obedience, poverty and chastity in the midst of the world in order to be “salt of the earth”, “light of the world” and “leaven in the dough.” Voluntas Dei is composed of individuals from a  wide range of backgrounds and life positions , The institute has many members  who are currently making a great impact upon the Church such as Fr. Michael Denk and his work with The EXAMEN app and other ministries.

The Institute places a special emphasis on seeking and living God’s will or desire for us, speaking our “Yes” each day like Mary to bring Christ’s love into the world. The scriptures are the road map for doing this, especially Jesus’ teachings about being compassionate and passionate in bringing about God’s kingdom of peace, love, and justice in our everyday lives.

The ideal of life which the Institute proposes to its members is to do in all things the will of the Father, like Christ and the Virgin Mary.Like all secular institutes, the Voluntas Dei Institute is defined by three essential elements:

Consecration: the members are called to give themselves totally to God, for His honour and service, in a given institute erected by the Church.

Apostolate: The members are called to work in the temporal order and in this way witness to Christ. Working with the power of love in the world and from within the world, they share in the evangelisation task of the Church.

Secularity:All of God’s people are called to dedicate themselves to Him, wherever they are.They do not need to live in community as the religious do. They are in communion with the Church and live in fellowship with their brothers and sisters, as it is their style of secular consecration.

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