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!

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A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
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  • When I lived in Washington D.C. there was a group of nuns that accomplished everything. They were the hardest working people in the city. I once asked them how do they find the time to accomplish all of their work and still find time for other things. Their simple answer was prayer. Taking the time … Continue reading Models for Living: Prayer and Work →

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