SPIRITUAL GROWTH MINISTRIES
DEDICATED CHURCH VOCATIONS
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Some priests choose to live a particular lifestyle called "religious life." They join a community that follows a specific tradition of spirituality patterned after the life and teaching of the community’s founder. They take vows of poverty (by which they voluntarily renounce their right to the private ownership and use of possessions), chaste celibacy (by which they choose not to marry) and obedience to the superiors of their community. Some well-known religious communities of religious priests are the Claretians, Norbertines, Jesuits, Benedictines, etc. To learn more about religious communities of priests, click on the following link:
A brother is a single layman who joins a praying community that follows a spirituality patterned after the life of the community’s founder. The Brother dedicates himself to serving those around them. He takes vows of poverty, chaste celibacy and of obedience to his religious superiors. Flexibility in service is the hallmark of his ministry. He may be a nurse, teacher, lawyer, campus minister, etc. Some religious orders with Brothers are the Marianists, Hospitalers of St. John of God, Claretians, Jesuits, Christian Brothers, Benedictines, etc.
To learn more about the vocation and work of Brothers, click on the following links:
A Sister is a member of a religious community with a specific tradition and spirituality. She takes vows of poverty, chaste celibacy and obedience. Sisters work in a wide variety of capacities – teachers, attorneys, nurses, social workers, etc. To learn more about religious communities of Sisters, click on the following link:
Members of Secular Institutes take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They are a leaven in society, and quietly bear witness to Christ “in the marketplace” - wherever they are employed. They are consecrated laity mingling in the secular world. Generally members live alone or with their families and manage their own finances. They do not live in community as do members of religious orders. Periodically, they come together for retreats, meetings and renewal. In 1947 Pope Pius XII gave official approval to Secular Institutes as an original form of consecrated life within the Church. Since that time, the number of Church-approved Secular Institutes worldwide has grown from 40 to 200, with a membership of nearly 60,000. There are 26 institutes in the United States which have been formally approved by the Church. To learn more about Secular Institutes click on the following links:
dedicated men and women who belong to organizations which are neither
religious orders nor secular institutes. Many
Associations wish to remain this way - as lay associations or apostolic groups. Some
others aspire to become religious orders or Secular Institutes.
For a better understanding of Associations of the Faithful,
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If you are considering a dedicated church vocation, you are invited to participate in programs, groups and other events which will help you discern God's call. Click on the following link for more information.
To learn more about Church vocations, you can also explore the following links:
|Institute on Religious Life|
|Religious Vocation Discernment Guide|
|Frequently Asked Questions about Dedicated Church Vocations|
|The Role of the Bishop|