Lay Associations of the Faithful (LAF/"third orders") are how an emerging charism is founded. The aspirants engage
in the apostolate with other faithful, then the charism promoter (founder) and their adherents (followers) separate into
their own entity, known as a private preparatory association, while still participating in the LAF.
Gemma also reserves the right to introduce an initiative (lay association) if needs are discovered. One person
can be a lay association.
The faithful may belong to as many lay associations as they wish (we suggest "within reason").
LAF members need to keep in mind that the Church reserves the right to inspect the group's activities. This is
known as a "visitation," and should not be feared.
CONF's policy has always been one of transparency with the hierarchy, and we expect the members of our emerging new foundations
to adapt the same attitude. Thank you.