Lay Society

A glorious fruit of the Institute of Christ the King’s meticulous offering of the traditional sacraments and Liturgy; exemplary formation of priests, oblates and sisters; and jubilant charism, is our rapidly growing lay population, most especially among the young. More and more young people—individuals and families—who have never before experienced anything like the classical Roman Liturgy, are powerfully attracted by its profoundness and beauty and are everywhere requesting its greater availability.

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They also delight in the rediscovery of the Church’s traditional liturgical calendar—with its treasury of seasons, feast days, and observances—which gives structure and meaning to the passing year, and helps families more effectively infuse Catholic culture into their lives and homes.

Parents take great consolation in availing their children of the abundant graces provided through the traditional rites of Baptism, Confession, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony and, in some cases, Holy Orders, and the catechism par excellence they receive from Institute priests through classical Liturgy, classes and spiritual direction.


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At apostolates throughout the world, the Institute’s radiant charism cultivates a fertile environment in which lay groups and activities spring and flourish.

The Society of the Sacred Heart

​The Society of the Sacred Heart is the formal lay association within the spiritual family of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Through membership in the Society, lay faithful participate in the spirituality of the Institute, help to sustain its apostolic work, and participate in spiritual retreats and gatherings organized locally and nationally by Society chaplains. Youth events and retreats in the spirit of the Institute are also offered.

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In this holy endeavor, members of the Society of the Sacred Heart place themselves under the spiritual direction of the priests of the Institute of Christ the King and are supported by their prayers as well as those of our oblates, seminarians and the Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus.

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Interested lay faithful can become members of the Society of the Sacred Heart by contacting the Institute apostolate nearest to them or by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Recommended Reading

For those interested in becoming a part of the Society of the Sacred Heart, we invite you to read the works of one of the patron saints of the Institute, Saint Francis de Sales, particularly his book Introduction to the Devout Life. As the Doctor of Divine Charity, St. Francis had a special devotion to the Heart of Jesus. Through his writings and saintly example, he demonstrates how the infinite treasures of wisdom and grace contained in the most Sacred Heart of our Divine Savior are made readily available to us in our everyday lives in a truly extraordinary way.

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Learn more about the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Read extracts from the Society of the Sacred Heart's constitutions.

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