An international private lay association
of Christ’s faithful, which does not have the intention of becoming an institute of religious life, dedicated primarily
to the promotion of the cloisters and emerging charisms, yet supportive of all
vocations, to be known as Cloister Outreach (CO).
Our manner of action is by any moral
and legal means possible in the promotion and support of the religious life and the priesthood. This may take the form of internet ministry; distribution of vocational literature; nun runs/monastic
tours; parish vocation committees; and local meetings of Cooperators and/or Prayer Partners.
Lay associations which do not have the intention of becoming institutes of religious life may be started
to facilitate the vocations of those encountered. Those wishing to start lay
associations with the intention of becoming an institute of religious life shall be referred either to the Fullerton Society
or the Cloister Outreach Affiliate New Foundations (CONF). They will be referred
to the latter only if attracted to proposals found on the CONF site. The Fullerton
Society is co-sponsored by CO and CONF.
The CO government shall consist of:
all workings of the association; coordination point for information;
Cooperators—work with the Coordinator
either via the internet or locally;
Prayer Partners—support the
work of CO through prayer when not able to contribute otherwise.
The seat of government will be wherever
the Coordinator is domiciled.
Should the members be desirous of
such, distinctive garb/uniform may be adapted when engaged in the apostolate.
Among our long-term projects are beguinages
for the sake of discernment.
If, at some time in the future, the
association is in need of physical property for the sake of the apostolate, a board of directors and elevation to public association
will be necessary.
Our patrons are: St. Joseph, patron
of the Interior Life; St. Mary Magdalen, patron of contemplatives; St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, OCD;
St. Rita of Cascia, OSA; St. Gertrude the Great, OSB; St. John of the Cross, OCD; St. Benedict, OSB; St. Bruno, O.Cart.; St.
Romuald, OSB Cam; St. Joan of Arc and St. Michael the Archangel.
Membership to and taking
leave of the association will be through correspondence with the Coordinator.
Suppression will be either through
two-thirds majority or Coordinator decision.
Statutes review will be yearly, or
as needed. All previous statutes are now considered obsolete.