We who belong to the Congregation of the Most Holy Saviour of the Lateran (Canons Regular of the Lateran) of the Order of Canons Regular of Saint Augustine, as a gift from God and our Saviour Jesus Christ and according to the grace given by God to each one, we are bound to live in the fear of the Lord for our own salvation and for the salvation of our neighbour.
According to the example of Saint Augustine who, having been raised to the office of Bishop of Hippo, wished to have with him in the bishop’s palace a monastery of clerics (cf. Sermon 335,2) whom he requested to practise complete renunciation of personal goods, integrity of morals, humble obedience and, above all, charity, “the sweet and salutary bond of souls” (Sermon 350,3) and, according to the primitive spirit and the purest traditions of the Canonical Order, the Canons Regular of the Lateran are clerics who have a share in the priesthood of Christ, the Saviour of the world, and who exercise it in communal religious life to serve the people of God, “with the aim of building up the Body of Christ” which is the Church.
Our Congregation belongs to the Canonical Order which unites several religious families: that of Saint Mary of Fregionaia (Lucca), that of Renana of the Most Holy Saviour (Saint Mary of the Rhine), that of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in Krakow, and that of Saint Gilles in Verrès.
Our Congregation of Canons Regular of the Lateran constitutes, with other Congregations of the Canonical Order, the Confederation of Canons Regular of Saint Augustine, and with it, has given birth to a “pact of charity” by which “they are more intimately linked to one another, increase the strength of the whole Order and offer each other reciprocal help, especially as regards the spiritual life, the instruction of the young and intellectual formation” (cf. DC 11).
Structure of the Congregation :
The Congregation is headed by the Abbot General, residing in Rome, elected by the General Chapter which meets every six years. The Superior General is assisted by four Councilors from whom he chooses the Vicar General.
The Order is present in twelve countries and is organized into six Provinces and one Region :
- Italian Province (Italy)
- French-Belgian-Dutch Province (France, Belgium and the Netherlands)
- Polish Province (Poland, Belarus)
- Spanish Province (Spain)
- Brazilian Province (Brazil)
- Argentine Province (Argentina)
- Caribbean Region (Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the United States)