Since 1974, the IRL has been a collaborative effort of Catholic bishops, priests, religious and laity to foster and strengthen vocations to the consecrated life. All members of the Church can participate in the IRL’s mission. As Pope St. John Paul II wrote, every Christian is responsible for the consecrated life, and for supporting vocations.
We hope you find this site helpful, whether you are just beginning to discern your calling in life, or you have lived the consecrated life for many years, or you are simply interested in seeing the consecrated life flourish once again. Imagine authentic religious in every parish, school, convent and monastery! Become an IRL member and you can help make this happen.
2016 Vita Consecrata Institute
The Vita Consecrata Institute (VCI) is co-sponsored by the Institute on Religious Life and Christendom College and centers on various aspects of the theology of the consecrated life, as reflected in the mission and life of the Church. This intense, yet rewarding, academic program rooted in the documents of the Second Vatican Council, the magisterial teaching of Pope John Paul II, and the rich historical tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vita Consecrata program is ideal for priests, religious and other consecrated persons wishing to pursue further academic studies, those interested in a brief sabbatical experience, religious in formation, and those preparing for perpetual vows. For more information about this year's program please click here!
2016 IRL National Meeting Talks Available
In his homily announcing the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis stated that, "No one can be excluded from the mercy of God, everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one."
To celebrate this extraordinary Jubilee Year, the IRL hosted the 2016 National Meeting intended for spiritual renewal, reflection and affirmation in the role of the consecrated life in the Church's mission of mercy. You can now have the talks from this transforming weekend today which are available in both CD and MP3 format! For more information click here!
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The Holy Rosary is a precious gift in our vocational journey. In meditating upon and contemplating its mysteries, we can grow closer to Mary, our mother, intercessor and model of every vocation. We can delve deeper into the heart of the Trinity, which is the final end of all devotions. In light of the mysteries we penetrate, we can grow in knowledge of ourselves and begin to see where God might be leading us next in our vocations.
The IRL is making available a free e-book devotional, Vocational Discernment Rosary: Discovering God's Purpose and Plan for Your Life. This small booklet will help you find, follow and fulfill God's calling for your life by meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary. To obtain a copy, click here