All lay associations are “private” unless founded by a bishop. Then they are “public.”
There are three kinds of private associations:
–**without **the intention of becoming an institute of religious life
–**with **the intention of becoming an institute of religious life (or secular institute or society of apostolic life)
–with the intention of becoming an institute of religious life (or other) **suri juris **(they have a recognition letter from the bishop after a period of experimentation to find what works for them)
What I’m addressing is the LAF without intention.
You’ll need the following:
- Nature, purpose & name
- Membership - how to join, but, more importantly, how to leave
- Manner of Action
- Government & Center
- Review & Amendment of Statutes
(6. Formation program)
(7. How to disband the organization)
The statutes are all of the above, and whatever else you wish to put into the document.
Non-profit status is not always necessary.