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Third Order Communities and Secular Institutes

- Third Order Communities

Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani (LCG)


Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani Abbey (LCG) are lay Christians who have felt called to follow the Cistercian charism and spirituality of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky. Our local communities meet in various locations throughout the United States. Members are devoted to nourish and sustain individuals who recognize a personal call to be an active witness of Christ and his Church in the midst of the world, providing a prayerful and contemplative testimony in a life defined by the values of the Cistercian charism.

Our group meets on the second Saturday of every month. There is a two year period of preparation before making a commitment.

Don Harbaugh
Marge Kielkopf

Dayton Marian Center

Dayton Marian Center is for devotees of Our Lady who promote Marian devotion in the diocese, with an effort to perfect their own spiritual life.  Holy hour is held weekly for priests.
(937) 291-0760

Oblates of St. Benedict

Oblates of St. Benedict are Christian men and women admitted to spiritual union and affiliation with a Benedictine community of monks or nuns so that they may share in the spiritual life, prayers, and good works of the community.  Oblates seek to serve God and mankind in accord with the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict as their state in life permits.
Rita & James Merk
 (740) 654-3255

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites is a contemplative association of the faithful who undertake the pursuit of evangelical perfection in the world, under the guidance and spiritual direction of the Discalced Carmelite Friars. The Diocese of Columbus has two communities.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Community

5277 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213
Meetings are held on the Tuesday following the second Sunday from Sept.-May at St. Therese’s Retreat Center.
Rosemary Pasternack
 (614) 570-6421

Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace Worthington OH OCDS Community

5750 N. High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday each month at St. Michael Church.
President: Edith Bellisari OCDS
 (614) 888-6825

Third Order of Lay Carmelites

The Columbus Third Order of Lay Carmelites is a community of Lay Carmelites of the Order of Carmelites (OCARM) committed to living the Carmelite charism under the patronage of Mary and Elijah with an emphasis on prayer in the Carmelite tradition.  Meetings are held at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm to 9pm.

Mike Hessenauer
 (614) 568-7791

Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic, St. Catherine of Siena Chapter

280 N. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic, St. Catherine of Siena Chapter is comprised of men and women in every walk of life who are striving for the santification of the world from within the world.  They are guided in the service of God and neighbor by their own Rule under the guidance of the Dominican Order. Meetings are held at Columbus St. Patrick Church.
Tom Gjostein
 (614) 325-9545
David Nixon
 (614) 483-9738

Third Order of St. Dominic — St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of Dominican Laity

144 N. Fifth St., Zanesville, OH 43701
Lay Dominicans are people from all walks of life who hold in common the call they have received to participate in Dominican life and spirituality. They are committed to prayer and study, and service to others. Meetings are at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
(740) 453-3301 ext 15
 (740) 453-3717

Cooperators Salesians

Cooperators Salesians is an association of the faithful for the laity and the secular clergy. Members are Salesians in the world who follow their vocation to holiness through services to the young and the poor in the spirit of St. John Bosco, on behalf of the local Church
Cooperators Provincial Coordinator
 (914) 636-4225

Don Bosco Volunteers

Don Bosco Volunteers is a pontifical secular institute for lay women. Consecrated through the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, the members work for sanctification of the world from within. They carry on a quiet and steady mission of making Christ and his message known through the witness of their personal lives and apostolic response to the needs of the hour. As part of the Salesian Family they follow the spirit of St. John Bosco (Don Bosco) and receive guidance from Salesian priests.
Fr. John Puntino, SDB
 (914) 636-4225

The Volunteers With Don Bosco for celibate men

The Volunteers With Don Bosco for celibate men is an association of the faithful aspiring to become a secular institute. Members profess the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience while living on their own in the world, with different professional occupations. Working according to the Salesian spirit of St. John Bosco (Don Bosco) they share in the Church’s mission by the testimony of consecrated life in the world.
Fr. John Puntino, SDB
 (914) 636-4225

The Secular Franciscan Order (formerly The Third Order Secular)

The Secular Franciscan Order (formerly The Third Order Secular) is the oldest religious order of men and women, which includes those in the married, single, and clerical states of life. Secular Franciscans seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, making a commitment to bring “the Gospel to Life, and Life to the Gospel.”

Holy Trinity Region:
St. Padre Pio OFS Fraternity: Dave Orsborn, OFS

Meets on the third Sunday of every month 1:30-5:00PM
St. John the Baptist Church
720 Hamlet St.
Columbus, OH 43215.

St. Catherine of Bologna OFS Fraternity: Tim Keller, OFS

Meets on the fourth Sunday of every month 2:00-4:30PM (third Sunday in Nov & Dec)
St. Francis of Assisi Church
386 Buttles Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215.

The Associate Program for the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity of Holy Name Province

The Associate Program for the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity of Holy Name Province was established in 1987.  The program consists of women and men who collaborate with the Sisters for mutual strength and enrichment in living the Gospel.  The focus is to follow in the way of St. Francis, St. Clare and Mother Magdalen Damen (founder of the Sisters of St. Francis).  They participate in monthly meetings in their area and attend various Province events.  After a period of attending gatherings and studying Franciscan Spirituality, the life of Mother Magdalen, and the history of the congregation, they are commissioned as Associates.
Sister Christella Ritchey, OSF
440 South Gould Rd., Columbus, OH 43209-2221
 (614) 236-0908

Sisters of Mercy Associates

Sisters of Mercy Associates are men and women over 21 who wish to share prayer, community and ministry with the Sisters of Mercy. Associates have a year of orientation and then make a covenant. They maintain their own lifestyle while enriching the lives of one another and the Sisters through their friendship.
(513) 221-1800

Associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace

Dominican Associates are women and men who choose to share the Dominican charism and mission. Associates willingly commit themselves to one another through prayer, study, and ministry as a faith community. They maintain their own lifestyle and commit to the mission through their lives, families, workplaces, churches, and communities.
Conni Dubick
Sister Maria Beesing
 (330) 835-5690

Notre Dame Associates

Notre Dame Associates are women and men who live the Gospel in the context of the charism of St. Julie Billiart which focuses on God’s goodness and care of the poor. They are linked with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur throughout the world in their spirituality and mission and live these within the circumstances of their vocation and responsibilities. The clusters of Notre Dame Associates in Columbus meet monthly.
Mary Ellen Logan
 (614) 866-0101

Companions of Jesus the Good Shepherd

Companions of Jesus the Good Shepherd is a pious association of consecrated lay women, single, or single again.  They make private vows annually of poverty, chastity, obedience and zeal. Some companions are committed through the private vow of zeal. They are dedicated to serve as a leaven of the Gospel in their own environment. Founded by St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Good Shepherd Congregation in 1845. Revised and updated in 1987 to meet the needs of our times.
Joanne Bellisari
 (614) 276-9700
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