About Us

Ancillae Secular Institute is an institution of consecrated life of women in the Church. We seek to live our consecration to God in the world through the profession of the Evangelical Counsels of Celibacy, Poverty and Obedience. It was founded in 1946 by Maria Radlmair in the diocese of Ausburg, Germany and was canonically established as a Secular Institute of Pontifical right in 1971. The institute takes its name Ancillae from Mary’s word of consent "Ecce Ancillae Domini" (I am the handmaid of the Lord). The Ancillae are called to give a Christian note to the secular forms of behaviour. They live in direct contact with the realities of everyday life and make every effort in bringing the world nearer to God through their apostolate of presence. The members live a vowed life of evangelical counsels without having any signs of separation from the common people. They strive to be the light that shines in the darkness, the salt that gives taste and the leaven that transforms the world in which they live. The Ancillae ensures that they build up an interior spiritual enclosure through prayer and watchfulness in order to discern the will of God and respond to it proactively.