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Public Association of the Faithful

What is a Public Association of the Faithful?

A “public association of the faithful” is an officially recognized body in the Roman Catholic Church, which receives a mission within the Church to achieve the purposes of its “charism” (the gift which the Holy Spirit has given to it).

A new chapter in our history began on March 25, 2008, when the Institute became a Public Association of the Faithful. By this confirmation, the Institute for Priestly Formation received worldwide recognition as an official entity of the Roman Catholic Church. This designation by the Church through the Archbishop of Omaha has drawn us closer to the heart of the Church and has allowed us to welcome members, i.e., individuals who sense a call to support, nurture and promote the mission of the Institute in a variety of ways. These members, designated as Associates, come from all of the calls to holiness in the Church, including laymen and laywomen.

As one of the many graces of existing as a “spiritual family” united more closely to the Church, the Institute has the possibility of gathering members of this “family” who desire to unite themselves more closely to its mission and to receive the spiritual fruits that come from that relationship.

Because Associations of the Faithful have a common purpose congruent with the mission of the Church, only the local bishop, the Holy See or the Bishops’ Conference have the authority to establish a Public Association. The Archbishop of Omaha established IPF as a Public Association of the Faithful so that it may carry on its mission to assist bishops in the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests.

Details about our mission, our vision and an explanation about membership in the Association are provided in this section. As you read through these pages, we invite you to consider prayerfully the possibility of becoming an Associate member of the Institute.

If you then feel called to support, nurture, and promote the charism of IPF by offering a concrete expression of availability and co-responsibility in the mission, please complete the application, and mail or email it to our offices.

There are no financial dues associated with membership. After the moderators review your application, you will be notified of your acceptance as an Associate.

Details about our mission, our vision and further explanation about membership are provided in booklet form. If you would like a copy of the booklet, please contact us.