The active charisms are starting as private lay associations keeping in touch through a yahoo listserv. This lay
association/third order--under CONF Standards of Practice--will have four tiers of membership.
The First Tier includes non-Catholics; religious life discerners; religious order priests; religious; and third order/oblates
from other charisms.
The Second Tier is the actual "third order." We also refer to them as "Dwellers." This group will work toward
recognition as Dedicated Laity.
The Third Tier is for Second Tier members who are attracted to deeper consecration as either virgins, penitents, or widows/widowers.
The FourthTier is for the preparatory associations.
A new yahoo listserv will be started for the sake of the preparatory association.
The Preparatory Association will be responsible for developing the charism on the listserv, and meet-greets as they feel
led to do so.
One aspirant usually will stand out among the others as a leader, and the paperwork (statutes, membership roster, website,
and whatever they have written down for the emerging institute of religious life) will be put together and taken to a canonist
within the leader's diocese.
It's extremely important that the first group get along and be holy.
Once they have lived together and have working constitutions, they will petition one of their bishops for a
letter of recognition as a Private Association of Christ's Faithful with the Intention of Becoming an Institute of Religious
Bishops will not give "Private Association" status without the group having a lived rule in hand. The proposed/emerging
charism has to be doable before the bishop will give his recognition. Even if he does not give recognition, the group
is not being disobedient in continuing to live their life. A bishop can only give or revoke approval. He cannot
disband the group.