Vocation Links

Cloistered Life

Another site maintained by the Institute on Religious Life, offering information on the cloistered/contemplative life in general and on particular men's and women's communities.

Religious Brotherhood

A great site by the Institute on Religious Life about this particular calling, with answers to questions such as What is a brother? Why become a brother? What is the difference between a brother and a priest? Why aren’t all brothers priests? This site also has a page of links to communities of religious brothers.

Vocation Blog

Keep up-to-date with the latest happenings among the IRL's 160+ affiliated communities and colleges, and recent news in the consecrated life. Anne Tschanz writes about inspiring vocation stories, news from the Holy Father about religious life and events you need to know about! Guest bloggers invited.

CMSWR

Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. Represents many women's communities in the United States who live according to the mandate of the Catholic Church.

Imagine Sisters

"The Mission of Imagine Sisters is to inspire and support vocations to Catholic women’s religious life. Our hope is to help the world meet sisters on fire for their faith. Through online resources and media, Imagine Sisters works to ignite the conversation of vocational discernment."

Here I Am Lord Vocations Conferences

Find out how you can raise vocation awareness in your parish, school or diocese.  Information packet available.  Regional locations available for Weekend HERE I AM LORD Vocation and Discipleship Conferences for Teens and Young Adults.

United States Association of Consecrated Virgins

Consecrated virgins are consecrated by their bishop, and live in the world for the sake of Christ alone.

Educational Debt Assistance

Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations

Assists men and women to follow God's call to service in the Church through a life of consecration. They operate the St. Joseph Student Debt Relief Grant Program for religious life. The grants issued through this program eliminate the delay many young people encounter as they struggle to pay off their student debts before they can enter religious life. A grant pays a person's student loan payments while they are in formation for religious life.

The Labouré Society

Works with each Aspirant (discerner) to ensure all personal means are utilized to mitigate the loan amount (consolidation, asset review, financial counseling, full-time employment, etc.)
* Trains each Aspirant in Biblically based philanthropy
* Forms a semi-annual 'Class' of Aspirants
* Mentors each Aspirant while building a unified team as each Aspirant works toward the collective goal
* Equips each Aspirant with an online fundraising platform for real time donation processing, reporting, assessment of goals, and class interaction
* Facilitates ongoing communication and updates between Aspirants and donors after formation entrance
* Manages Aspirant quarterly loan payments while they are in formation
* Completes loan payoff at ordination or vows

General Catholic sites

Ignatius Press

Large collection Catholic books, videos, and CD's.

St. Joseph Communications

Large collection of Catholic CDs, DVDs, tapes and videos.

Catholic Answers

Great apologetics site. Answers to challenges to the Catholic faith, both ancient and new.

EWTN

Eternal Word Television Network, founded by Mother Angelica, and the National Catholic Register. A leader in Catholic information.

Catholics United for the Faith

An international lay apostolate that supports, defends, and advances the efforts of the Teaching Church.

Our Sunday Visitor

Not-for-profit Catholic publisher serving the Church since 1912. Publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Take Out: Family Faith on the Go, The Catholic Answer, The Priest, My Daily Visitor, Grace In Action; and publisher and marketer of over 500 products including books, tapes, software, and education materials.

Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Society

The purpose of this organization, an outreach of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is the sanctification of persons, families and parish communities through growth in deeper prayer before our Eucharistic Lord.

Priests for Life

An association of clergy which emphasizes Catholic teaching on pro-life topics. Training and resources for priests and the entire pro-life movement.

Eternal Life

Books, prayer cards and audio albums, many by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., its founder.

The Real Presence

Promotes adoration and belief in Christ's Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, with articles by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., its founder. Also a downloadable Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Manual.

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Apostolate

The Fr. Hardon Media Apostolate exists to promote the Catholic use of all of the media of social communications such as the printed word, television, radio, cinema, and the Internet. Many Church documents and practical articles.

Catholic Catechism

Excellent searchable text of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Crossroads Initiative

Upbeat site with catechetical and apologetics resources for RCIA, adult faith formation, and teens.

Padre Pio Devotions

Devoted entirely to the life and spirituality of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Good prayers of St. Pio.

Vatican Website

Official website of the Holy See, Vatican City.

Vocation Promotion

Helping religious communities promote their charism and community on the internet. Vocation Promotion has provided services for many IRL Affiliates.

Catholic Homeschooling

Catholic Heritage Curricula

Very extensive site — learn a lot about homeschooling. Includes free curricula material.

Seton Home Study School

Founded by Mary Kay Clark, author of Catholic Home Schooling, A Study Guide for Parents.

Regina Coeli Academy

Traditional liberal arts for Catholic home educators. Uses live audio and text conferencing.

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!! →

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