Creating a Vocation CultureConsecrated Life

Often referred to as "Brothers" and "Sisters", those living Consecrated Life are drawn to a life of prayer and joy-filled service. They profess vows of poverty, celibate chastity, and obedience. The men often serve the Church as priests, deacons, teachers, counsellors and missionaries. Women often serve as teachers, ministers of prayer, counsellors, missionaries, and agents of social justice.  Both typically live in a community gifted with a unique charism and mission statement that is rooted in the intentions of their founder(s).

Ed Sikora professes his First Vows 2018-09-05

Ed Sikora professes his first vows in the Congregation of the Resurrection and Raphael Ma renews his vows.

May God bless them both as they continue to discern life-long commitments to religous life!

Joy and Hope Found at Conference! 2018-07-16

This video was created at the National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors conference in Hamilton in April, 2018.  All in attendace celebrated the gift of Consecrated Life to the Catholic Chruch and pondered new ways to promote this vo

McMaster Students Speak at Consecrated Life Conference 2018-07-16

Walking with each other in joy and hope is the theme at this conference on vocaiton and formation in consecrated life for today.  These students from McMaster offer their insights into what they see and experience. 

Consecrated Virgin: Candia Fletcher 2017-06-22

Candia Fletcher professes vows as she commits to becomming a Consecrated Virgin within the diocese of Hamiton.

Fr. Joseph Celebrates his 25th Anniversary in Greece 2017-06-22

Fr. Joseph deVivieros, CR celebrates his 25th Ordination Anniversary in Greece with his brother Resurrectionists Fr. Jim Donohue, CR and Fr. Toby Collins, CR.

Sr. Alicia Torres 2016-11-24

Sr. Alicia shines in this video that talks about her vocaiton to the Franciscans of the Holy Eucharist.  She lives in Chicago and her chef skills helped her win big on the show "Chopped"

FAQ: "Why do they sometimes dress in a collar and/or habit and sometimes dress more casually?"

One’s dress often depends on the preferences of the person, culture, and/or community that they are a part of. For example, priests often wear a collar when they are engaged in ministry as a sign of their commitment of service to God and to God’s people. Similarily, sisters often wear their community's habit, or spiritual attire, when in public. In both cases, those in search of spiritual help can clearly identify them and go to them for spiritual care. Also, their spiritual attire is often a public sign of the vows they have professed and when they gather in larger groups they can become a visual sign of unity. On the other hand, there are those who sometimes choose a more casual dress. When a Priest and/or someone living Consecrated Life dresses like the people of the culture in which they serve the people around them sometimes comment that they feel more at ease. They make mention that it is good to see a spiritual leader as “one of us” in the way they dress. Someone who might normally avoid or pre-judge spiritual leaders may find themselves entering into a conversation with them because their vocation is not visually identifiable. Those who dress more casually also mention that this helps them to go unseen and remain in the “backdrop” of their ministry.

FAQ: "Do you get to see your family and friends if you join a religious community?"

Yes. Traveling is easier and the formation practices have changed to allow for much more interaction with family and friends. These relationships often become a very valuable part of the network of support needed for one to investigate and live out their vocation.  However there are a few communities that are more contemplitive in their approach and access to familty and freinds may be limited.