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What is Consecrated Life

Consecrated Life (or Religious Life) is a form of life approved and recommended by the Church. It is characterized by:

  • Total dedication to God who is loved most of all
  • Following Christ more closely under the action of the Holy Spirit
  • Striving for the perfection of charity in service to the Kingdom of God
  • Contemplation of divine things and constant union with God in prayer
  • Public profession of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
  • Fraternal life in community
  • Service to the Church
  • Public witness to the faith and consecration to God
  • Union with the Church and its mystery in a special way
  • A degree of separation from the world
  • Being an outstanding sign in the Church which foretells the heavenly glory
  • Doing everything in conformity with the character and purpose of the individual institute