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]

IRL Blog

Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • On May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Church in the U.S. celebrated the first ever Religious Brothers Day. The day is the brainchild of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and the Religious Brothers Conference, and highlights this often-hidden and under-appreciated vocation in the Church. When I was thinking of … Continue reading The Church Celebrates Religious Brotherhood →

  • The deadline for priests, religious and other consecrated persons to enroll in this summer’s Vita Consecrata Institute is fast approaching (June 1)! The VCI is an enriching two or four-week program of graduate level studies in Spirituality and the Theology of the Consecrated Life. Held at Christendom College, the VCI is highly recommended for those … Continue reading Enroll Now for the Vita Consecrata Institute!! →

  • Christians in Africa That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace. For more information, visit the Apostleship of Prayer.