The Holy See, through the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL), following earlier events in the Institute and particularly those from the Institute’s last General Chapter of 2014, and after inquiry through an Apostolic Visitation to the Institute (for the period 2015-2018) by the same Dicastery, issued a Decree which called for internal reforms and a re-organization of the life of the members and of the Institute. At the same time, a Pontifical Commissariat was instituted over the Institute.
The Decree explicitly uses the term: “… to rehabilitate,” and not to “close or suspend” the operations of the Institute. A careful reading of the Decree will show that there are specific areas underlined in what the Holy See intends for the Institute. For instance, focus and attention is given to governance, administration of temporal goods, religious discipline and life in common, and the re-establishment of the formation program for initial and on-going formation of members.
Therefore, we believe and reiterate that this period is for the Institute of the Apostles of Jesus a time of special grace from God, willed by the Church, to enable it grow stronger and build a sense of identity with its Charism for a renewed life of witness to the gospel by its members as consecrated persons and servants of the Church. We greatly appreciate the support being offered by the local churches where the members of the Institute serve and of the universal church in achieving these noble objectives stipulated in the directives of the Holy See.
We pray that partners in mission and all people of good will may come to know and appreciate that this on-going rehabilitation process is with the hope of ushering new life into the Institute of the Apostles of Jesus now and in the future. Therefore, your collaboration with the Institute is welcomed and highly appreciated, be it spiritual, moral or material within the various units of the Institute (i.e., Vice Province, Regions, Delegations, and communities).