Religious Life

An Overview

Each religious community is a special blessing in our church, with its particular mission, spirituality, and flavor. Religious communities share much in common with each other, and yet, each one has its own unique spirit or 'charism.'   

A member of a religious order belongs to a community bound together by faith and the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

  • Poverty means that they do not own things individually but rather as a group;
  • Chastity means that they refrain from sexual activity and do not marry;
  • Obedience means that, after any appropriate consultation, they do what their elected superiors ask them to do.

It is not necessary for a man to be a priest to be a member of a religious order; those who are not priests are called brothers. The priests, sisters and brothers of religious communities may engage in any kind of work for the Church and the good of humanity; they often specialize in certain kinds of work such as education, work with the sick or poor, and service in the foreign missions.