Lay/Secular/Third Orders, Oblates, & Confraternities

I have recently been researching some of these associations for the laity and thought others might benefit from a handy list.

I have a small start – please feel free to add more but please restrict it to those that are Catholic and “Officially Sanctioned” by the Church. I believe this will be made a Sticky so please try to keep the format below and try to only link the official site of an order or confraternity. If the site is specific to a region, please put the region in parenthesis next to the name:

Third Orders (i.e. Lay or Secular Orders)
Carmelite Third Order:
Lay Dominicans:
Secular Franciscan Order:


Brothers and Sisters of Penance:
Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary:
Confraternity of Penitents:

Thank you and enjoy!

Some more Confraternities (or in the case of these, Archconfraternities)

National Association of the Holy Name Society:
Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament:
Confraternity of the Precious Blood:
Archconfraternity of the Holy Face (Tours, France): link:

This is posted in the Vocation Resource Information Sticky but should alos be useful here as many of these Orders have Lay Associations:

Bruno, there are two Carmelite Orders, the O.Carm. - which you have already listed - and the Discalced Carmelites (the reform of St. Teresa); both have Secular (Third) Orders. Here is the website for the Secular Discalced Carmelites:

At the request of peregrinus_WA, following are added:

I am wondering if I can add a link to Lay/Secular/Third Orders, Oblates, & Confraternities


Confraternity of the Holy Guardian Angels

It is run by:

Order of Canon Regular of the Holy Cross

Confraternity of the Passion:

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