From our National Director

Dear Friend in Christ:

The INSTITUTE ON RELIGIOUS LIFE has served the Church for over forty years. It was founded after the Second Vatican Council to help guide religious communities in the process of renewal as called for by the Council Fathers. Our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church has made the IRL a source of light and stability for many communities as they implemented the changes mandated by the Council.


Religious life is essentially a life of interior conversion and transformation into Christ by means of the evangelical counsels. This puts religious in the heart of the Church, animating her life of love, service and worship. And this is why religious life is essential to the life of the Church and why every Catholic, not only clergy and religious, should support and promote religious life.

I am a Norbertine priest from St. Michael's Abbey in Silverado, California. Being a religious and priest, a superior and former novice master, I have a great appreciation for the mystery of religious life and am thankful to God for my vocation as a priest and religious.

We ask for your prayers and support. I would like to invite you to become a member of the IRL if you are not one already. In this way you will participate in our mission to promote and support the gift of consecrated life.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,


Fr. Thomas Nelson, O.Praem.
National Director