Share the Mission

Everyone—bishops, priests, religious and laity—is invited to share in the IRL's mission “to promote and support the consecrated life, particularly vowed religious life, as a gift to the entire Church and an evangelical witness to the world.”

Why Belong?

By becoming a member or donating to the IRL, you help to build up the Church by building up the consecrated life and you support important apostolic efforts such as:

  • Religious Life magazine — a bimonthly publication with inspirational stories, news from our communities, interesting feature stories on religious life alive and well in our country, interviews, helpful resources and much more! Receive it with your membership.
  • National and regional meetings for the laity, religious, bishops and priests.
  • Websites:
    • ReligiousLife.com - a top information portal for vocation promotion and discernment. It features the unmatched VocationSearch database of great institutes of consecrated life.
    • ReligiousBrotherhood.com - a one-of-its-kind website with great information on the vocation to the religious brotherhood and links to communities.
    • CloisteredLife.com - celebrating those who are "hidden in Christ" and dedicate their lives to prayer and penance
    • VocationBlog.com - our newest site, "An Undivided Heart".
    • And see our Facebook page.
  • Vita Consecrata Institute — an unparalleled program of personal renewal and theological studies for consecrated persons.
  • Books, leaflets, CD/DVDs and other materials to promote and support vocations.

Become a Member/Renew Your Membership

Associate Membership

IRL Associate Members receive six copies of Religious Life magazine each year, notices of IRL national and regional meetings, and information on vocation resources and programs; and are remembered in prayer by the IRL staff, and weekly in Masses offered for the special intentions of members and benefactors. Members also collectively benefit from the prayers and sacrifices of all our affiliated communities.

Membership Associate membership: $25 per year.

Membership Associate membership outside the U.S.: $30.00 per year.

Sustaining Membership

IRL Sustaining Associate Members receive all the benefits of Associate membership and occasional samples of new IRL publications, to use as promoters of the IRL.

Membership Sustaining membership: $50 or more per year.

Become a member using your credit card online by clicking the appropriate Membership button above, or mail your check or money order using the printable membership form.

Make a Tax-Deductible Offering or Pledge Your Monthly Support

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--or join the Circle of Support!

Circle of Support members make a sacrificial gift, in whatever amount you wish, debited monthly by credit card or paid by check. Circle of Support members received all the benefits of Associate membership. To pay by check, click here for the initial Circle of Support enrollment form. We will then mail you pledge slips and envelopes. For credit card transactions, please call the IRL office at 847-573-8975.

 

Saints in Our Day!

Will our society produce the next Mother Teresa or Francis of Assisi? It depends, in part, on you! Your prayers and generous support will help reap the benefits of being part of this movement for the resplendent glory of the Church and the salvation of souls.

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
LET'S PRAY FOR EACH OTHER AND FOR VOCATIONS.

IRL Blog

Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
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