Religious Life Magazine

Religious Life is published six times per year--            

pdf Read the current May/June 2017 Issue Here (6.28 MB)

Read Special Year of Consecrated Life Issue Here

To help religious and laity foster a more effective understanding and practice of the Church's teaching on the consecrated life, IRL publishes Religious Life magazine. It is educational, informative and inspirational, focusing on the wondrous gift of the consecrated life for the life and mission of the Church.

Become a member and receive Religious Life six times per year!

Religious Life features articles on the Catholic faith, the spiritual life, writings of the Holy Father and other pertinent subjects, and:                                                                   

  • profiles of IRL affiliated communities, "Affiliate in Focus",    
  • periodic book reviews, "Resources in Review"
  • an interview column highlighting interesting people and apostolates, "InnerView"
  • and news briefs, "IRL News & Notes."

How to receive Religious Life?

Receive six issues of Religious Life each year by becoming a member of the Institute on Religious Life, for $25 per year ($30 outside of the U.S.). You can do so online.

What's in Religious Life?

What kind of material will you find in Religious Life? One issue of Religious Life was devoted to the Sacred Liturgy and other developments in the Church, such as a new Benedictine monastery which was reintroduced to its founder's city. Also featured was an article on honoring God through the Sacred Liturgy and Gregorian chant. A recent issue told about religious women in the military (did you know they were nurses in the Civil War?). Other issues have featured religious and the March for Life, the significance of the religious habit, and inspiring vocation testimonies.

Become a member today and read about how the Holy Spirit is renewing consecrated life in the Church!

IRL Blog

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 →