In 1947, Pius XII approved the creation of Secular Institutes. Those lay Catholics who join these organizations become Lay Consecrated. Most of these institutes have a specific apostolate, but the majority seem to be composed of women. Is it possible to create a Secular Institute for men and women, or just for men? How does one go about it? Is there a relevant section in Canon Law with specifics and instructions? I suppose canonical creation requires the approval of the local bishop, but how does one actually begin?
I am particularly interested in the Dominicans, for example. All the Secular Institutes of the O.P. are French, however, and I am an English-speaker. I desire to have a strong association of lay faithful in a Secular Institute dedicated to the intellectual apostolate of the Order of Preachers: preaching the truth, convincing this world of its errors, and bringing skeptical & atheistic & agnostic souls to Christ through science and academics. How does this begin? Who does what?