|The Daughters of Mary of Nazareth in Chestnut Hill, Mass., started in December 2011.|
With the Year of Consecrated Life underway, there is more cause for celebration as new religious orders are working toward "pontifical status" as official religious communities. According to the National Catholic Register: "None of these orders are pontifically approved, but they have diocesan approval, which is one of the first steps for a new community.
"Virtually no community jumps to pontifical status immediately; they move through various stages in their original diocese and then get received into other dioceses, building toward the day when they can apply for universal recognition by the Holy See."
The three communities striving for pontifical status include:
Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace, with their apostolate being parish work and ecumenism.
The Daughters of Mary of Nazareth order is entrusted to the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph.
Brigittine Servitores charism is with Marian spirituality as well as the Latin liturgy.
Read more about the formation of these religious communities here.