Church Documents

Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Vocations and Related Subjects

Arranged chronologically (most recent document first) within each category.

Francis:

Messages for World Day of Prayer for Vocations:

Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life:

Benedict XVI:

Messages for World Day of Prayer for Vocations:

Homilies and Addresses for World Day of Consecrated Life:

  • 17th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2012)
  • 16th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2012)
  • 15th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2011)
  • 14th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2010)
  • 13th World Day of Consecrated Life: Address to men and women religious at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2009)
  • 12th World Day of Consecrated Life: Address to men and women religious at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2008)
  • 11th World Day of Consecrated Life: Address to men and women religious at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2007)
  • 10th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2006)

Other Papal Documents:

Pope John Paul II:

Other Popes

Synods of Bishops (SB)

Congregations

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CB = Congregation for Bishops
CC = Congregation for Clergy
CCE = Congregation for Catholic Education
CDF = Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
CDWDS = Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
CEP = Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
CICLSAL = Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic  Life (formerly SCR and SCRIS, see below)
COC = Congregation for the Oriental Churches
SCR = Sacred Congregation for Religious
SCRIS = Sacred Congregation for Religious and for Secular Institutes
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Popes and Councils

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PCF = Pontifical Council for the Family
PCILT = Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts
PCL = Pontifical Council for the Laity
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Other

  • The Canonical Establishment of a Religious Institute, [by Rev. Elio Gambari, S.M.M., who worked in the Congregation for Religious from 1946 to 1983. Published by Dominican Sisters of Divine Providence, South Amboy, NJ.]
  • Homosexuality and Gospel Truth: Toward Effective Pastoral Care [Fr. Robert A. Gabel, Jr. in l'Osservatore Romano, 7/14/99]
  • A Eucharistic Prayer [Bishop Eugene J. Gerber in Crisis, 6/99]

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Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • While in Krakow I read George Weigel’s book on the city entitled City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Krakow.  I cannot think of a more fitting title about a city that has the ethos of sanctity emanating from its streets. Like a fountain, waters of sanctity and history flow from Wawel Hill … Continue reading Krakow: A City of Saints →

  • One of the little talked about issues surrounding religious vocations is the impact it can have on the parents of a young man or women entering religious life. The process of discernment can be challenging enough but  it is often complicated by the reaction of the parents. Even in the most supportive of families, the … Continue reading Parents of Vocations Forum →

  • This post, helpful for everyone in the process of discernment, comes from Conception Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery  in Conception, MO . For the complete blog post, visit:  https://www.conceptionabbey.org/discernment-fears/ 5 Common Fears with Discerning your Vocation Many men and women who are discerning a religious vocation hesitate in taking the next step because they are restrained by … Continue reading 5 Common Fears As You Discern Your Vocation →