Summer 2018 - Vita Consecrata Institute at Christendom College
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Since 1974, the IRL has been a collaborative effort of Catholic bishops, priests, religious and laity to foster and strengthen vocations to the consecrated life. All members of the Church can participate in the IRL’s mission. As Pope St. John Paul II wrote, every Christian is responsible for the consecrated life, and for supporting vocations.
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The Holy Rosary is a precious gift in our vocational journey. In meditating upon and contemplating its mysteries, we can grow closer to Mary, our mother, intercessor and model of every vocation. We can delve deeper into the heart of the Trinity, which is the final end of all devotions. In light of the mysteries we penetrate, we can grow in knowledge of ourselves and begin to see where God might be leading us next in our vocations.
The IRL is making available a free e-book devotional, Vocational Discernment Rosary: Discovering God's Purpose and Plan for Your Life. This small booklet will help you find, follow and fulfill God's calling for your life by meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary. To obtain a copy: Click Here
The Vocation to the Eremitical Life By Sister Janet of Beit Mery Hermitage Soon after the conversion of the Emperor Constantine and his legalization of Christianity in the Edict of Milan in the year 314 CE., Some Christians began to feel that the spiritual fervor that was present during the Age of Martyrdom was being … Continue reading Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Vocation to the Eremitical Life →
The Contemplatives of St. Joseph, a monastery for men founded in 2010, now have a women’s branch. Over the years, founder Fr. Vito Perrone had to turn women away seeking to join them in their contemplative yet active life. But now, there are 3 women in formation with more to surely come because they seem … Continue reading Contemplatives of St. Joseph Add Women’s Branch →
On March 18, 2018, the Norbertines of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California, broke ground on a new abbey. And why do they need a new abbey? Because the community, with 51 priests and 36 seminarians, has outgrown their space. Yes, 36 seminarians! The instability of the land at their current site, the lack of … Continue reading Norbertines Break Ground on New Abbey →