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A Message from the IRL National Director
Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.

Dear Friend:

The INSTITUTE ON RELIGIOUS LIFE has served the Church forty years. It was founded after the Second Vatican Council to help guide religious communities in the process of renewal called for by the Council Fathers. The IRL has always remained closely aligned to the Pope and Bishops, the official pastors of the Church, whom Christ established to teach, lead and sanctify the Church. This fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church has made the IRL a source of light and stability for many communities as they implemented the changes mandated by the Council. In this way it has served well the Church and religious life.

An entire generation has passed since Vatican II. The days of change and experimentation are over. Constitutions have been renewed and updated. The external elements of religious life have been adapted to meet the needs of modern times. Now is the time to enter more deeply into the interior reality of consecrated life.

Christ's call to interior renewal and change (i.e., metanoia) is always present in every age and time. This is what the Church calls us to as we enter into a new Christian millennium. Religious must lead the way in answering the Church's universal call to holiness.

Religious life is essentially a life of interior conversion and transformation into Christ by means of the evangelical counsels. This puts religious in the heart of the Church animating her life of love, service and worship. And this is why religious life is essential to the life of the Church and why every Catholic, not only clergy and religious, should support and promote religious life.

I am a Norbertine priest from St. Michael's Abbey in Silverado, California. Being a religious and priest, a superior and former novice master, I have a great appreciation for the mystery of religious life and am thankful to God for my vocation as a priest and religious.

I believe the IRL has had a positive influence on religious life in this country and I believe that it will continue to do so in the future

We ask for your prayers and support. I would like to invite you to become a member of the IRL if you are not one already. In this way you will participate in our mission to promote and support the gift of consecrated life.

Sincerely Yours in Christ Jesus,

Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.
National Director

IRL Board of Directors

Most Rev. Robert F. Vasa, Bishop of Santa Rosa / IRL President
Most Rev. Donald Hying, Bishop of Gary / IRL Executive Vice President
Richard J. Guzior, Treasurer
Frederick R. Dempsey, Secretary
Sr. Beth Ann Dillon, D.S.M.P.
Paul M. Doetsch
Sr. Mary Clare Eichman, O.S.F.
Rev. James Isaacson, S.J.C.
Jeffrey J. Karls
Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv.
Rev. James Kubicki, S.J.
Rev. Bob Lombardo, C.F.R.
Sr. Rose Therese Mann, O.S.F.
Rev. Robert McDermott
Bonnie Quirke
Mother Marie Julie Saegaert, S.C.M.C.
Patrick Spencer
Elizabeth F. Yore

IRL Episcopal Advisory Board

Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila
Most Rev. Robert J. Baker
Most Rev. Michael C. Barber
Most Rev. John O. Barres
Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair
Most Rev. Earl A. Boyea
Most Rev. Fabian Bruskewitz
Raymond L. Cardinal Burke
Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson
Most Rev. David R. Choby
Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone
Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley
Most Rev. James D. Conley
Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan
Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran
Edward M. Cardinal Egan
Most Rev. John Thomas Folda
Most Rev. Roger Foys
Francis E. Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Most Rev. Jose Horacio Gomez
Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels 
Most Rev. Peter J. Jugis
William H. Cardinal Keeler
Most Rev. John M. LeVoir
Most Rev. Jerome Listecki
Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde
Adam J. Cardinal Maida
Theodore E. Cardinal McCarrick
Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino
Most Rev. John J. Myers
Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
Seán P. Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Most Rev. Thomas Paprocki
Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades
Most Rev. David L. Ricken
Justin Cardinal Rigali
Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample
Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan
Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz
Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery
Most Rev. James C. Timlin
Most Rev. Allen Vigneron
Donald W. Cardinal Wuerl

IRL Blog

Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
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  • Young People That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life. For more information, please visit the Apostleship of Prayer.