INTERACTIONS between the friars AND SISTERS...
( STATUTE Ch. 4 - Common Life)
COMMON LIFE AMONG BROTHERS (ONLY) AND SISTERS (ONLY)
4,1 The Little Friars, as well as the Little Nuns, shall observe the common life among themselves (cf. CIC 665, §1) within their respective cloisters, as described in the schedule established by the Superior of the house, according to the needs indicated by the Spirit; hence (with some exceptions - cf. CIC 665, §1; cf. Ch. 3,2), the members within their respective dwellings (unless excused for valid reasons) shall share everything: prayer, meals, apostolate, work, and above all the common participation in the Eucharist (cf. Ch. 3,2c).
4,2 Every dwelling of the Little Friars or Little Nuns, in addition to the area reserved for the cloister, should always have (when possible) a guest area used for hosting and welcoming people from outside the Community.
4,3 No Little Friar, alone or accompanied, may ever enter into the cloister of the Little Nuns (or vice versa), unless the local Servant Superior, for justifiable reasons, should happen to give permission.
COMMON ACTIVITIES BETWEEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS
4,4 The Little Friars and Little Nuns pursue the same goal, but have distinctly separate dwellings. The moments the brothers and sisters share in common, therefore, unfold in the following ways:
IN THE INTERNAL CENACLE
4,5 In a common location called the "internal cenacle," the brothers and sisters can have the opportunity, according to their common schedule, not only of praying and sharing meals together (as well as working together, whenever necessary), but above all of sharing (when possible - even daily) their wonderful experiences of the Lord, following the example of the Apostles (cf. Acts 1:14; 2:46).
4,6 In their travels, as far as possible, the friars should always go two by two, hitchhiking - and without anything superfluous, as the Lord repeatedly advised (cf. Matt 10:5-14; Luke 10:1-11). In the cases in which the sisters also travel (cf. Luke 8:1-2; John 2:12), the friars should always appeal to prudence, never leaving the sisters without due accompaniment (cf. Tob 5:17; Gal 4:14b).