Members of the Company integrate in their living full consecration with full secularity. That is, while consecrating the entirety of their lives to Christ through a celibate life, they also fully maintain their secular lives - living alone or with family and following their own chosen field of work, bringing the Gospel to bear on their professional life. They thus live independently, but are supported by the spiritual companionship of other women living the same vocation with bonds of unity that give members a profound sense of belonging to the Company. Members share a deep communion with each other.
Did you say a Company?
The word "Company" derives from "com-pane", literally meaning "to share bread with", or in other words, "to share life with". St Angela Merici constantly urged the members of the Company to be united:
"See how important is this union and concord. So long for it. Pursue it, embrace it, hold onto it with all your strength; for, I tell you, living all together thus united in heart, you will be like a mighty fortress." (St Angela, Last Counsel)