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Congregational Recluses

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We first heard of the concept of "Congregational Recluses" from Elinor Tong Dehey's "Religious Orders of Women in the United States."  The Cincinnati Franciscans had within their convent "recluses" who followed the same rule, and wore the same habit, but were dedicated to praying for the success and sanctification of the congregation.
 
We are adapting this concept.  Any of our active charisms can and will have Congregational Recluses.  The Congregation of Charity of the Miraculous Medal (CCMMs) already has a Congregational Recluse, although charism aspirants are still in their own homes.  They are forming the Charity Associates of the Miraculous Medal (CAMM), the Lay Association from which the CCMM will emerge.