The Christian Doctrine Fathers, or Doctrinaries (in Latin Congregatio Patrum Doctrinae Christianae), are a religious institute of male consecrated Catholics. The members of this religious congregation add the abbreviation D.C. after their names.
The institute was founded 29 September 1592 in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue by French priest César de Bus (1544–1607) as a community of priests devoted to the secular education of children. It was approved by the Holy See on 23 December 1597.
Activities and Dissemination
Today, Dottrinari priests are devoted mainly to parish ministry, teaching and publishing—especially catechetical texts.
- Statistics from the Annuario Pontificio per l'anno 2012, Vatican City, 2012, p. 1430.