A Congregation of diocesan right (or Institute of diocesan right) is a type of religious congregation codified by the laws of the Catholic church, wherein the congregation is under the authority of a particular local bishop, rather than that of the pope. A congregation responsible directly to the pope is a congregation of pontifical right. Most of the major religious orders are congregations of pontifical right.[1]

The major types of religious associations recognized by canon law are:

1. Public Association of the Faithful[2]

2. Institutes of Consecrated Life


  1. ^ Code of Canon law, Canon 589 Archived April 18, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, accessed 18 August 2012.
  2. ^ Code of Canon law, Associations of the faithful, accessed 18 August 2012.