[quote="Aydan, post:19, topic:272498"]
Okay first let me say thank you to everyone for all your responses. I'm located in Richmond Virginia and this is my diocese if that helps.
My parish is the mother church for our diocese the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The second thing is previously I have been able to go to church on a weekly basis just like every Catholic. But now circumstances have changed because the public transportation system that I rely on has become so unreliable that it's not feasible anymore. They leave people stranded in all kinds of weather for hours and it got so bad that my fellow parishioners were concerned about my health and safety. I had no choice but to stop using that transportation. Now I can only go to church once a month since that is the only time there is reliable transportation available. I know it doesn't make up for not being able to go to church but I have been using things like the liturgy of the hours and of course I watch mass over the Internet. I figured even if I couldn't actually become a member of a secular order I could at least learn something from these secular orders to enrich my faith. But when I try to find detailed information about how secular orders work like the rules I discovered you have to be a member and that's when I posted here asking for help. Even if I can't actually be a member of any of them if somebody could just provide me with booklets or other information explaining the rules and traditions I would really appreciate that. Right now I'm open to exploring any order.
Thank you again everyone God bless you all!
Ah, I see. Well, there are all kinds of things that people from the different third orders can recommend in the way of spiritual enrichment. I think that's what you're asking for, yes?
Third orders aren't really something you join to get just enrichment, like a prayer group or something like that. They really are orders in the Church and that's why they require a vocation and profession and so on. They're a permanent commitment and that's why they require regular and ongoing personal contact. Difficulties with travel can sometimes be worked around, as I noted before, but joining a third order is more than just taking part in an activity or a getting a resource for information.
That said, I'm sure that people from the different third orders would be happy to explain their charism to you, and offer some recommendations for reading and so on.