The very purpose of The Work of the Church has moulded it into a legion of souls who, standing by the Pope and the Bishops, may help them carry out the mission the Lord has entrusted to them. It is made up of three branches of consecrated life: priests, laymen and laywomen, around which there are the other branches: Adherents, Militants and Collaborators.
The range of The Work of the Church is as vast as its vocation: like in the Church, there is room for everyone: priests and lay members, consecrated and non-consecrated persons, families, youth and children. One only Work and the same mission, one only task that each person carries out according to the respective vocation, state, condition or group of each member.
The wings of The Work of the Church are as follows:
Responsible members: men and women consecrated to God by virtue of professing the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They lead a community life in the homes of The Work of the Church; priests and laymen live together in the same communities, while laywomen live together in separate houses.
Adherents: including bishops, diocesan priests, male and female members of religious institutes or lay people privately consecrated to God, who even if they don’t live in community in the homes of The Work of the Church, are considered full members and do take part in its mission wherever the will of God may place them.
Militants: youth and married adults, or non-married persons and widows, who, without being consecrated to God, seek to live the perfection of their state of life in the midst of the world.