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THE STATUTES of

      THE FAMILY OF SAINT THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS

International Private Association of the Faithful

CHAPTER I: Nature, Purpose and Name

Art. 1.  The Family of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus is a Private Association of the Faithful, wherein which its members, by private agreement, chose to follow the charism outlined in these statutes. (CC 298, § 1; 299, § 1, 2; 321)

Art. 2. The purpose of the Family of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (CC 304, § 1) is to love the Lord, the Good Shepherd and come to Him through the Little Way of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus.

Art. 3.  The association's name The Family of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus refers to a spiritual family of Catholics praying and performing spiritual and corporal works of mercy under the banner of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. (CC 304, § 2)

CHAPTER II:  Membership

Art. 4.  Membership is open to all men and women who are baptized persons, over 18 years old, in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, and are joined with Christ in the Church's visible structure by the bonds of profession of faith, of the sacraments, and the Church's ecclesiastical governance. (CC 304, § 7).

Art. 5.  To insure that members are fully aware of the association's purpose and duties, persons may request membership only after having read statutes. (CC 307, § 1)

Art. 6.  Members always retain the right to leave The Family of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. This is done by notifying the Moderator of the association in writing. (CC 308)

Art. 7.  Persons may belong to other private/public associations during their affiliation with The Family of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. (CC 307, § 2)

CHAPTER III: Manner of Action (CC 304, § 7)

Art. 8.  Following the example of Saint Therese members consecrate themselves to the Lord and aspire to:

       a. manifest complete trust in the mercy of God;

       b. strive to be humble as a child before God;

       c. seek to raise one's mind and heart to God continually;

      d. perform the daily tasks of life for love of God and neighbor;

      e. promote the Little Way of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus;

      f. perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy;

      g. be obedient to the Supreme Pontiff and the lawful Superiors of the Church;

      h. be involved in activities of one's parish.

CHAPTER IV: Apostolic Life:

Art. 9. The apostolic spirit of the Association follows Jesus’ special preference for the poor and marginalized (Lk 4:18-19).

Art. 10: Our apostolic action is to proceed always from our intimate union with God and is to confirm and foster this union. Exercised in the name and by the mandate of the Church, it is likewise to be carried out in communion with the same Church (cf. Can. 675, §§ 1-3).

Art. 11.  We follow the inspiration of our Founder, who tried to respond in a radical way the  demands of the Gospel. It is precisely in this fidelity to the vision that guided our Founder that we continue to re-interpret and revitalize our charism in the light of the signs of the times.

Art. 12. We give special care to the elderly, and bring them God’s love and concern. We care for our beloved elders until their last minutes on earth. We prepare for them to go to heaven. We assist priests in the Sacrament of Anointing of the sick.

Art. 13. We also minister to pregnant women and the babies in their wombs. Through our ministry to them, we help them realize and appreciate their human dignity as persons created in God’s image and likeness (Gen 1:26).

Art. 14. We, however, remain open to other forms of apostolate according to the signs of the times and the needs of the place, always in line with our charism and the Little Way of Saint Therese.

CHAPTER V: Manner of Formation (CC 304, § 7)

Art. 15.  Affiliation with the Family of Saint Therese begins with a year of candidacy in which the candidate familiarizes him/herself with the association and its purpose. During this year the candidate learns the teaching of the Little Way of Love of St. Therese of The Child Jesus and observe the Statutes of The Family of Saint Therese of The Child Jesus. Following the year of candidacy, a candidate may decide to make a promise of membership to be Permanent Member.

 

 

Formula of Enrollment

 

       "I, N.N., having freely requested enrollment into The Family of Saint

       Therese of the Child Jesus, and been accepted by its leadership, do hereby

       promise, in the presence of N.N., Moderator, (or delegate) to observe

       faithfully according to my abilities the statutes of the association for the

       rest of my life. I pledge to employ the gifts I have received from God for

       his honor and glory, to proclaim Christ's Gospel by performing life's daily

       tasks with love for God and neighbor, to devote myself to the sacraments,

       especially the most holy Eucharist and Penance, and to pray and perform

       spiritual and corporal works of mercy under the banner of Saint Therese of

       the Child Jesus. I ask Saint Therese to guide me, with purity of intention

       and with detachment of self for the good of the Church."

 

Art. 16.  Continuing formation for permanent members consists in:

-      Learning and practicing prayer.

-      Studying  and meditating on the Sacred Scriptures, Catechism of the Catholic Church, basics of the Little Ways, Basic theology, Saint Therese Biography.

-     Learning about and  participating in the sacred liturgy so as to worship God worthily;

-      Studying documents of the Church pertaining to consecrated life and spirituality.

-       Holding firmly the character and spirit of the Association, its purpose and discipline, its history and life.

 

 

Art. 17.  Meetings

 The members meet monthly on a chosen date and in a chosen location.

               Format of the meeting:

- Studying the Gospel of the day

- Studying the Little Way doctrine

- Sharing personal experiences

 

CHAPTER VI: Governance and Center

 

A. STRUCTURE OF THE ASSOCIATION

 

Art. 18. The Family of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus is composed of provinces and houses. A province is an organism a specified territory ( such as a Country) composed of several houses under the leadership of the Provincial Moderator. A house is a local association composed of several members under the leadership of the Local Moderator.

 

Art. 19. The Association is governed by the General Assembly that works collegially and the Moderators with the cooperation of their respective Councils. It has three levels of governance: General, Provincial and Local.

 

Art. 20. In the meantime that the Association is still starting the duties of the General Moderator is still in the hands of the Founder.

 

 

B. PRICIPAL OF GOVERNANCE

 

 

Art. 21. Authority in the Association is always exercised in the spirit of service. In fulfilling their office, Moderators are to be docile to the will of God and should willingly listen to their fellow Members (cf. Rom 13:1; PC 14; Can. 618).

 

Art. 22. As a private association enjoys a certain degree of autonomy, especially in matters of governance and formation of its Members (cf. Can. 586, § 1). With due respect to the competence of the Holy See and diocesan Bishops of the local churches where our houses are present, especially the diocesan Bishop where our General House is presently located, our Moderators govern our Association in accordance with the norms of our laws.

 

Art. 23. Those entrusted with the governance of the Association are to ensure that its unity of spirit is maintained, and that the active participation of the Members is developed (Can. 717, § 3). To this end, we highly promote in the Association the spirit of dialogue and mutual cooperation with the conviction that the Holy Spirit works both with the leaders and the Members.

 

Art. 24. We also foster the principle of subsidiarity. In this regard, the Provincial and Local Moderators enjoy adequate freedom to carry out their responsibilities without undue interference from the General Government. 

 

Art. 25. We owe our love, respect and obedience to our ecclesiastical Pastors: first, to the Holy Father who is our highest Superior (cf. Can. 590, § 2); second, to the Bishop of the diocese where the General House is located and third, to all the other ecclesiastical Superiors within the limits of their own competence, especially in the “care of souls, exercise of divine worship and apostolate” (Can. 678, § 1).

 

Art. 26. We perform financial operations in accordance with the civil laws. Each entity in every level will create its own non-profit corporation, having its own bank account.

 

 

C. GOVERNANCE IN THE GENERAL LEVEL

 

            1. The General Assembly

 

Art. 27. The General Assembly possesses the supreme authority in the association according to the norms of the Status. It is shall be a true sign of unity in love. Its main duties are as follows:

 

  1. To promote and protect the patrimony of the Association;
  2. To elect the General Moderator and four Councilors;
  3. To deliberate matters of great importance;
  4. To revise the Statutes, if necessary; and,
  5. To draw up the necessary norms binding to all the Members.

 

Art. 28. The General Assembly is of two kinds:

 

  1. Ordinary, when convoked regularly, that is, once every four years to elect the General Moderator and her Council and to discuss and deliberate on Chapter agenda; and,

 

  1. Extraordinary, when convoked outside of the ordinary to discuss and deliberate on very urgent and important matters. 

 

Art. 29. The right to convoke a General Assembly belongs to the General Moderator, or to the Vice General Moderator, in the unexpected vacancy of the office of the General Moderator or when the latter is impeded. 

 

Art. 30. While still few in numbers, the General Assembly shall be composed of all Permanent Members.

 

2: The General Moderator

 

Art. 31. The General Moderator is the highest authority in the Association outside the General Assembly. She/he or He governs the entire Association and possesses authority over all its houses and Members (cf. Can. 622). Her or His term of office is four years and is qualified for a second consecutive term, but not for a third one without interruption.

 

Art. 32. To be qualified to the office of the General Moderator, a Member must be  Permanent Member in the Association for at least 3 years (cf. Can. 623). Besides, she or he should be endowed with the following qualities, namely: profound love for the Association and the Church; deep spirituality; sense of discernment and openness to the signs of the times; prudence in dealing with the Members; objectivity in judgment; firmness in decision-making, and, humility in words and actions.

 

Art. 33. The main duties of the General Moderator are the following:

 

  1. To serve the Association in imitation of Christ by exercising her or his  authority with prudence and humility;
  2. To promote spiritual growth and renewal among the Members;
  3. To make frequent visitations to all the houses and Members of the Association;
  4. To convoke and preside over the General Assembly;
  5. To represent the Association in the civil and ecclesiastical forums;
  6. To promote knowledge of the documents issued by the Holy See which affect the Members and to ensure that these documents are observed (cf. Can. 592, § 2).

 

Art. 34. When the General Moderator resigns from office before the expiration of her/his his term, she/he is to manifest her/his intention and the reasons to the diocesan Bishop of the General House. It belongs to the said competent Church authority to either accept or refuse the resignation.

 

Art. 35. If, for a very grave reason, it had become necessary to remove the General Moderator from her/his office, the General Council shall refer the matter to the diocesan Bishop of the General House who possesses the authority to remove the General Moderator.

 

 

             2:   The Vice General Moderator

 

Art. 36. The Vice General Moderator is the First Councilor and assistant of the General Moderator.  When the latter is absent or impeded in the exercise of her/his office, the Vice General Moderator takes her place.

 

Art. 37. At the death, resignation or incapacity of the General Moderator, the Vice General Moderator shall assume the government of the Association until the new General Moderator will have been elected.

 

 

 

 

 3:  The Other General Councilors

 

Art. 38. The Council shall be composed of four Councilors, including the Vice General Moderator who also serves as the First Councilor, elected by the General Assembly for a term of four years. In the meantime that we are still few in number, they may be re-elected as many times as is necessary.

 

Art. 39. The Council advices and assists the General Moderator in her/his role of service to the Association and share with her/him the governance of the same.  If the need arises, they are to admonish the General Moderator.

 

Art. 40. To be eligible for the office of Councilor, a Permanent Member must be at least thirty years old.

 

Art. 41. The Council shall meet every year.  However, the General Moderator may convoke the Council as often as there are important matters to be discussed.

 

Art. 42. If a Councilor resigns or is impeded from fulfilling her/his office, the General Moderator, with the consent of her/his Councilors, appoints a new Councilor to complete the unexpired term. 

 

Art. 43. The Council Members should always be prudent with regard to the decisions taken up in the Council meetings. If the importance of the matter requires, they are obliged to keep secrecy and the General Moderator can insist on this obligation (cf. Can. 127, § 3).

 

 

            4:  The General Secretary

 

Art. 44. The office of Secretary General is appointed by the General Moderator with the consent of her/his Council for a term of four years with the possibility of re-appointment as many times as necessary. Any Permanent Member, even if she/he were a Councilor, may be appointed to the office.

 

Art. 45. The Secretary General has the following main duties and duties:

 

  1. To attend to all the official correspondence and formal documents referred to her/him by the General Moderator;
  2. To file and preserve all the canonical and legal papers of the Association and of its Members;
  3. To write and keep the minutes of all meetings of the Council and the General Assembly;
  4. To write down and file chronicles of the Association;
  5. To supervise and look after the safety of the archives of the Association; and,
  6. To take care of the archives of the Association.

 

           

5:  The General Treasurer

 

Art. 46. The General Treasurer is appointed by the General Moderator with the consent of her/his Council for a term of four years with the possibility of re-appointment as many times as is necessary. Any one of the Councilors, except the first, may be appointed to the office.

 

Art. 47. The General Treasurer has the following main duties:

 

  1. To keep the book of accounts, land titles, written documents of all the properties and assets of the Association;
  2. To make collections, disbursements and other financial operations at the instance of the General Moderator with her/his Council;
  3. To prepare the annual budget of the Association and present this for approval to the General Moderator and her/his Council; and,
  4. To draw and submit an annual financial report to the General Moderator and her/his Council, clearly showing the financial status on the Association.

 

 

D: GOVERNANCE IN THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL

 

Art. 48. Provinces are made up of several houses joined together in one territory. They are parts of the Association and presided over by the Provincial Moderators with the participation of their respective Councils.

 

            1: The Provincial Assembly

 

Art. 49. The Provincial Assembly possesses the supreme authority in the Province. The General Assembly shall be composed of all Permanent Members. Its main duties are as follows:

 

  1. To promote and protect the patrimony of the Province;
  2. To elect the Provincial Moderator and four Councilors;
  3. To deliberate matters of great importance; and,
  4. To draw up the necessary norms with which the Members of the Province are bound to follow.

 

 

 

 

Art. 50 The Provincial Assembly is of two kinds:

  1. Ordinary, when convoked regularly, that is, once every three years to elect the Provincial Moderator and her/his Council and to discuss and deliberate on Chapter agenda; and,

 

  1. Extraordinary, when convoked outside of the ordinary to discuss and deliberate on very urgent and important matters. 

 

Art. 51. The right to convoke a Provincial Assembly belongs to the Provincial Moderator, or to the Vice Provincial Moderator, when the former is impeded, with the approval of the General Moderator and her/his Council. 

 

 2: The Provincial Moderator

 

Art. 52. The Provincial Moderator is the highest authority in the Provincial outside the Provincial Assembly. She/He governs and administers the entire Association and possesses authority over all its houses and Members (cf. Can. 622). Her/His term of office is three years and is qualified for a second consecutive term, but not for a third one without interruption.

 

Art. 53. To be qualified to the office of the Provincial Moderator, a Member must be a Permanent Member for at least three years (cf. Can. 623). She/he must also have the same qualification as that of the General Moderator.

 

Art. 54. The main duties of the Provincial Moderator are the following:

 

  1. To serve the Province in imitation of Christ by exercising her authority with prudence and humility;
  2. To promote spiritual growth and renewal among the Members in the Province;
  3. To make frequent visitations to all the houses and Members of the Province;
  4. To convoke and preside over the Provincial Assembly; and,
  5. To represent the Province in the civil and ecclesiastical forums.

 

Art. 55. When the Provincial Moderator resigns from her/his office before the expiration of her/his term, she/he is to manifest her/his intention and the reasons to the General Moderator who has the authority to accept or refuse the resignation.

 

Art. 56. When it had become necessary to remove the Provincial Moderator from her/his office, for a very grave reason, the Provincial Council shall refer the matter to the General Moderator who the authority to remove the Provincial Moderator.

 

            2:   The Vice Provincial Moderator

 

Art. 57. The Vice Provincial Moderator is the First Councilor and assistant of the Provincial Moderator.  When the latter is absent or impeded in the exercise of her/his office, the Vice Provincial Moderator takes her/his place.

 

Art. 58. At the death, resignation or incapacity of the Provincial Moderator, the First Councilor shall assume the government of the Province until the new Provincial Moderator will have been elected.

 

             3:  The Other Provincial Councilors

 

Art. 59. The Council shall be composed of four Councilors elected by the Provincial Assembly for a term of three years. In the meantime that we are still few in number, they may be re-elected as many times as is necessary.

 

Art. 60. The Council advices and assists the Provincial Moderator in her/his role of service to the Province and share with her/him the governance of the same.  If the need arises, they are to admonish the Provincial Moderator.

 

Art. 61. To be eligible for the office of Provincial Councilor, a Permanent Member must be at least thirty years old.

 

Art. 62. The Council shall meet annually.  However, the Provincial Moderator may convoke the Council as often as there are important matters to be discussed.

 

Art. 63. If a Councilor resigns or is impeded from fulfilling her/his office, the General Moderator, with the consent of her/his Councilors, appoints a new Provincial Councilor to complete the unexpired term. 

 

Art. 64. The Council Members should always be prudent with regard to the decisions taken up in the Council meetings. If the importance of the matter requires, they are obliged to keep secrecy and the Provincial Moderator can insist on this obligation (cf. Can. 127, § 3).

 

 

            4:  The Provincial Secretary

 

Art. 65. The office of Provincial Secretary is appointed by the Provincial Moderator with the consent of her/his Council for a term of three years with the possibility of re-appointment as many times as necessary. Any Member of the Province may be appointed to the office for as long as she/he has already made her/his promise.

 

Art. 66. The Provincial Secretary has the following main duties and duties:

 

  • To attend to all the official correspondence and formal documents referred to her by the Provincial Moderator;
  • To file and preserve all the canonical and legal papers of the Province and of its Members;
  • To write and keep the minutes of all meetings of the Council and the Provincial Assembly;
  • To write down and file chronicles of the Province;
  • To supervise and look after the safety of the archives of the Province; and,
  • To take care of the archives of the Community

 

           

5:  The Provincial Treasurer

 

Art. 67. The Provincial Treasurer is appointed by the Provincial Moderator with the consent of her/his Council for a term of three years with the possibility of re-appointment as many times as is necessary. Any one of the Councilors, except the first, may be appointed to the office.

 

Art. 68. The Provincial Treasurer has the following main duties:

 

  1. To keep the book of accounts, land titles, written documents of all the properties and assets of the Province;
  2. To make collections, disbursements and other financial operations at the instance of the Provincial Moderator with her/his Council;
  3. To prepare the annual budget of the Province and present this for approval to the Provincial Moderator and her Council; and,
  4. To draw and submit an annual financial report to the Provincial         Moderator and her/his Council, clearly showing the financial status on the Province.

 

 

E: THE GOVERNANCE IN THE LOCAL LEVEL

 

     1: The Local Community

 

Art. 69. A Theresian house the smallest unit of the Association. It is composed of at least three Permanent Members (cf. Can. 115, § 2). The Members can be a mixture of Aspirants and Permanent Members. Those who stay in their homes are incardinated to any of our houses.

 

Art. 70. All Members are to take an active part in the life of the Association, in accordance with the Association’s own law. Members are to preserve a rapport with one another, carefully fostering a unity of spirit and a genuine fraternity (Can. 716, §§ 1-2).

 

Art. 71. The authority to erect a house belongs to the General Moderator after having obtained the consent of her/his Council. The decree of erection of a house should be put into writing. Before erecting a house the General Moderator shall ask the written permission of the Bishop of the diocese where the local Association is to be established (cf. Can. 609, § 1) after consulting the Bishop of the diocese where the General House is located.

 

Art. 72. Each Theresian house of the Community should give testimony to poverty and charity (cf. Can. 640).

 

 2: The Local Moderator

 

Art. 73. The Local Moderator governs the local community entrusted to her/him and is its official representative. To be eligible for the office of Local Moderator, a Member must be Permanent Members for two years.

 

Art. 74. The Local Moderator is appointed by the General Moderator with the consent of her/his Council for a term of two years, after which she/he may be reappointed for a second term in the same house.  After a lapse of one year, she/he may be appointed to the same office but in another house of the Association.

 

Art. 75. The Local Moderator’s primary responsibility is to foster association spirit and promote the Members’ well-being. 

 

Art. 76.  If the Moderator thinks it her/his duty to resign, she/he submits her/his request in writing along with her/his reasons, to the General Moderator for the decision. Meanwhile, she/he informs the association of such intent.

 

2: The Local Vicar

 

Art. 77. The local Vicar substitutes for the Local Moderator when the latter is absent or impeded due to illness or other impediments. She/he is appointed from among the Permanent Members by the General Moderator in consultation with the Councilors and the Members in her local  association. Her/his term of office is two years and she/he can be re-appointed as many times as needed.

 

3: The Local Secretary

 

Art. 78. The local Secretary is directly appointed by the General Moderator from among the Permanent Members after hearing her/his Council and the Members of the Association. To be qualified for the office of the local Secretary, a Member must be diligent and responsible in keeping association records.

 

Art. 79. The local Secretary has the following primary duties:

 

  1. To take charge of all the official communications referred to her/him by the local association;
  2. To keep the documents, such as contracts, memorandum of agreements, deeds of donation,  appointment letters, etc. of the local association in order;
  3. To take down the minutes of local  association meetings; and,
  4. To take charge of the book of masses, guest book, and chronicle of the association.

 

 

 4: The Local Treasurer

 

Art. 80. The local Treasurer, who is directly appointed from among the Permanent Members of the house or mission association by the General Moderator after hearing her Council and the Members of the association, is responsible for the administration of temporal goods of the local association under the supervision of the Local Moderator.

 

Art. 81. The local Treasurer has the following duties:

 

  1. To keep the book of accounts in the local association;
  2. To submit a monthly financial report to the local association;
  3. To submit to the  Provincial Treasurer a monthly statement of receipts and disbursements with corresponding supporting papers;
  4. To forward all surplus revenues to the Provincial Government at the end of the month; and,

To submit annually to the Provincial Government an updated budget, inventory and other pertinent financial records of the local association.

 

Art. 82.  The association's physical headquarters is located wherever the Moderators reside. The mother's house is located in Portland, Oregon, United States of America.

Art. 83. The Moderators and their Counsels shall present to the local ordinary for

confirmation a name from among the priests exercising legitimate ministry within the Archdiocese to serve as spiritual advisor to The Family of Saint Therese. (CC 324, § 2)

CHAPTER VII: Review & Amendment of Statutes

 Art. 84. The association shall, after an appropriate period, request a review of its statutes by the Holy See in order to request juridical personality. (CC 312; 322, § 1, 2)

Art. 84.  Once approved, in respect to Church authority, the statutes shall remain open for ecclesiastical review. (CC 299, § 3; 305, § 1, 2; 322, § 2)

Art. 85.   If changes are to be made to the approved statutes, the Moderator shall propose the modification to the Counsel for ratification by a majority vote. Once passed, the changes shall be added to the statutes as dated addendums.

Art. 86. For everything not expressed or regulated by these statutes, the rules of Canon Law are to be applied.