New foundations of the Community are decided, in most cases, after the Community first receives a Bishop’s request for a foundation in his diocese.
The petition is then weighed by the Prior General and his Counsel who, in turn, present it to the General Chapter for its approval. In order to start a Priory of formation the Community may however take the initiative to propose a foundation in a diocese. Nevertheless, the local Bishop's agreement is always required.
What are the criteria needed to decide on a foundation?
There are several criteria. The petition must come from a diocesan Bishop and correspond to the proper grace of the Community. The Brothers then evaluate the importance and the urgency of the petition for the Church as well as for the good of the Community.
The Priory in Laredo, TX founded in 1986.