"Find me, if you can...a soul more happy or content than a religious
divested of every worldly affection, and intent only on pleasing God."
-Saint Alphonsus De Ligouri


Photos (Contemplative Orders)

Featured Video

Videos (Contemplative Orders)

Please be aware, the following list is not intended to be exhaustive, nor would we necessarily recommend every community on this list. It is just meant to provide a small sampling of what is available. Keeping in mind the limits of online research, we, as usual, encourage our readers to visit every community their hearts so feel inclined to visit.

Links (Contemplative Orders)

Benedictine Monks of San Benedetto, Norcia, Italy
Clear Creek Benedictine Monastery, Hulbert, Oklahoma
Benedictines of the Immaculate, Italy
Benedctine Monks of Saint Vincent Archabey , Pennsylvania [see also link]
Carmelite Monks of Wyoming, Wyoming
Carthusian Charterhouse of the Transfiguration, Vermont [see also link]
Carmelite Hermits of Christoval, Texas
Carmelite Hermits of Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Monastic Community of Jerusalem, Canada
Monastic Abbey of Sainte-Madeline, Barroux
Monastery of Christ in the Desert, New Mexico
Society of Our Mother of Peace, American Mission

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, Kansas City, Missouri
Benedictine Nuns of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, Connecticut
Christ the Bridegroom Monastery Burton, OH (Eastern Catholic, Byzantine)
Congregation of The Sisters of Merciful Jesus
Cistercian Nuns of of Valley of Our Lady, Wisconsin
Cistercian Nuns - Valley of Our Lady Monastery
Discalced Carmelites of Buffalo, NY
Discalced Carmelites Valparaiso, Nebraska
Discalced Carmelites of Elysburg, PA [article, link]
Discalced Carmelite Nuns Of Denmark, Wi
Discalced Carmelites of Buffalo, NY [link]
Discalced Carmlelites of Lake Elmo, MN [lay blog]
Discalced Carmelites of Kirk Edge, UK
Dominican Nuns of Summit New Jersey
Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of St. Jude
Franciscan Sisters of Nazareth
Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters (Pink Sisters)
Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb (note, different from "Little Sisters of the Lamb." This is a community for women with Down Syndrome [see also])
Monastic Community of Jerusalem
Passionit Nuns of Saint Joseph Monastery, KY
Poor Clares of the Immaculate, Italy
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, Hanceville, Alabama
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, Phoenix, Arizona
Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church, Spokane, WA
Victims of the Sacred Heart, France [discussion]
Society of Our Mother of Peace
Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Sioux City, Iowa

ACTIVE ORDERS (and Active-Contemplative)

We also include "Active Contemplative" orders in this list as well, those who may be mainly contemplative but have some external apostolate as well.

Photos (Active Orders)

Featured Video (Active)

Videos (Active Orders)

Links (Active / Active-Contemplative Orders)

Canons Regular of St. John Cantius (priestly soceity)
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, [see also link1, link2, link3]
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal,
Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word
Franciscan Brothers Minor
Franciscan Friars of the Primitive Observance
Knights of the Holy Eucharist
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (priestly soceity)
Little Brothers of the Lamb, KS (Active-Contemplative)
Marians of the Immaculate Conception
Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Oblates of the Virgin Mary
Saint Joseph Province, Dominicans

Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, MO
Children of Mary (Active-Contemplative)
Daughters of Saint Paul [videos]
Daughters Of Mary Mother Of Israel's Hope
Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate [see links above]
Franciscan Sisters Minor    [link2]
Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal
Iesu Communio, Spain (formerly Poor Clare Nuns of Lerma) [Intro]
Little Sisters of the Poor
Little Sisters of the Lamb, KS (Active-Contemplative)
Missionaries of Charity
Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Active-Contemplative)
Sisters in Jesus the Lord
Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Sisters of Life
Sisters of Saint Joseph the Worker
Sisters of our Lady of Mercy
Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará
Sister Servants of the Eternal Word
Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate
Toca De Assis, Brazil


Other Links

Blogs and Discussions:
Phatmass Vocation Discussion Forums
Catholic Answers Vocation Discussion Forums

Additional Vocation Video Sites:

Step by Step: From Aspirant, to Postulant, to Novice, to Fully
Professed. Track the progress
of becoming a nun ( .pdf)

Theology of the Body
Theology of the Body online video series (presented by Fr. Thomas Loya)
Celibacy for the Kingdom & the Fulfillment of Human Sexuality
, Christopher West
Introduction to the Theology of the Body (Youtube video)

Church Documents:
Vita Consecrata, Pope Jon Paul II
Perfectae Caritatis, On the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, Vatican II
Pastores Dabo Vobis P. 29 , On the Preeminence of Celibacy, Pope John Paul II
Sacerdotalis Caelibatus, Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on Celibacy of the Priest
Institutes of Conecrated Life, Code of Canon Law, p.573-606
The Service of Authority and Obedience, Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Essential Elements in the Church's Teachings on Religious Life, Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes

e5 Men,Men who fast on bread and water once a month for women..
Paenitemini, Apostolic Constitution on Fasting and Penitence, Paul VI, 1966

Other Links
Institute on Religious Life
USCCB Vocations Home Page
Examination of Conscience Charting Spreadsheet (inspired by Saint Faustina)
USCCB Vocation Video "Fisher's of Men"


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