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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