The Domestic Church gathers sacramentally married couples and families who want to grow in mutual love and pursue holiness together, as well as create a truly Christian environment for bringing up children. Spouses take up this constant effort within their families but also in their formation groups (called circles) accompanied by a priest (four to seven couples) that enable married couples to help one another in pursuing sanctity.
Every couple belonging to the Domestic Church wants to grow in faith and build their personal relationship with Jesus Christ by the so-called Seven Promises (commitments):
- Daily Tent of Meeting Prayer
- Daily Couple Prayer (conjugal prayer)
- Daily Family Prayer
- Regular Study of Scripture
- Monthly Couple Dialogue
- Rule of Life (systematic work on oneself, one’s marriage and family)
- Participation, at least once a year, in a formational retreat
Circles work in year-long cycles meeting once a month from September to June. Throughout the year, particularly in July and August, a number of formation retreats are organized. Among them, a special and most important role is assigned to the 15-day oasis retreats of the first, second, and third levels. Formation in the Domestic Church follows the same evangelization-deuterocatechumenate-diakonia pattern as in the rest of the Light-Life Movement.