Cloister Outreach (formerly the Society of Our Lady of the Cloister) is a Private Lay Association of the Faithful that
does not have the intention of becoming an institute of religious life.
We are dedicated to supporting discerners and promoting Catholic religious life (consecrated and lay in all its forms)
and religious communities (enclosed, apostolic or mixed). They can follow the Extraordinary or Ordinary Forms of Mass, in
America or abroad.
We also promote emerging charisms and support their founders.
We carry out this apostolate mainly via the
internet--through this website and its links--or through yahoo email lists. The Coordinator, Gemma, is physically located
in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, USA. We have an international group of "Cooperators."
***Please note that there is nothing "fake" about Cloister Outreach; CONF; or Gemma. She is in good standing
with her local Chancery, which receives a yearly report on Cloister Outreach activities. She uses an internet moniker
to protect her family. Please pray for our detractors.***
We adhere to the papal documents "Ecclesia Dei Afflica" and "Summorum Pontificum" in which the popes acknowledged
our "rightful aspirations" in regard to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite (formerly known as the Latin Tridentine Mass
or Traditional Latin Mass).
We also support the use of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, and the Divine Mercy chaplet, in the prayer
lives of the faithful.
As a gift to Our Lord in our 25th anniversary year, the Cloister Outreach Affiliated New Foundations (CONF), an umbrella
association of our affiliate founders, was made its own entity. The Cloisterite Family, formerly seen in this space,
is an affiliate of CONF, and will no longer be featured on the main Cloister Outreach site. The Cloisterites are now Congregational
Recluses for the Sacerdotal Division of the Company of Charity of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (CCMM).
The Charity Associates of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (CAMM), a lay association, has also been moved to CONF. Membership
in CAMM and CCMM are prerequisite to making any new foundations of the CONF proposed charisms.