The fatherhood of Saint John also extends to lay Christians living in the world. In the footsteps of Saint John, they desire to live more intensely their bond of faith, hope, and love with Christ.
Through their cooperation, lay persons support the Brothers' contemplative life and facilitate their apostolic life. Every year at Pentecost, the families, friends, and all those close to the Community are invited to join the brothers and sisters at Paray-le-Monial for a three-day retreat, which includes ceremonies for reception of habits and temporary and perpetual professions. Their association with the life of the Community may take many forms.