What is Religious Life?
Consecrated Life, or religious life, is a vocation in which members live in a community with a shared apostolate (or mission), charism (the particular expression of the community’s life, the community’s “culture”), and spirituality. All religious profess the vows of...
Apostolic religious life is a form of consecrated life within the Church wherein the members profess vows of chastity, poverty and obedience within a Congregation or Community approved by the Church. Shared community life is an integral part of this form of...
5 Signs of a Religious Vocation
Five Signs Religious Life Might Be Right For You By Sister Colleen Therese Smith, A.S.C.J. Not long ago a young woman posed this question to me: “Does God send signs?” She had been praying to God for a very specific sign that would alleviate any doubt in her mind once...
FAQs About Religious Life
A vocation is a call from God who created you to share intimately in His inner life of love. You are called to perfect love in union with God for all eternity! You live out this call by making a total self-gift of yourself in love. As you take up your cross and follow...
Discerning Religious Life – by Mother Clare Matthiass, CFR
A comprehensive guide to help women discern Religious Life with clarity, confidence, and joy. Foreword by Cardinal Dolan.
A Living Sacrifice: Guidance for Men Discerning Religious Life
A comprehensive guide to help men discern if God is calling them to religious life. Written by Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P. and Fr. Andrew Hofer. O.P.
USACV United States Association of Consecrated Virgins
A voluntary association of consecrated virgins living in the world. The purpose of the USACV is to provide support to its members in the faithful living out of their vocation to consecrated virginity and “…to assist one another in service to the Church as befits their state” (Canon 604, Code of Canon Law). The USACV website is designed both to serve our members and to provide information about the vocation of consecrated virginity lived in the world. Visit the website to learn more