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  • Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus

    Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus

    (Central Province)
    10341 Manchester Rd
    Saint Louis, MO
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  • Discalced Carmel of Cristo Rey

    Discalced Carmel of Cristo Rey

    721 Parker Avenue
    San Francisco, California
    (415) 387-2640
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  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters)

    Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters)

    659 Belmont Ave
    North Haledon, New Jersey

  • Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne

    Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne

    600 Linda Ave
    Hawthorne, New York

  • Franciscan Sisters, TOR

    Franciscan Sisters, TOR

    of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother
    369 Little Church Rd
    Toronto, Ohio 43964
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The mission of the Intitute on Religous Life is to strengthen religious life in our country, to guide it on the path to authentic renewal, to educate religious, to support their works, and to inspire vocations in their service to the Church and their consecration to Jesus Christ.

  • Mystical Rose Gala

    Mystical Rose Gala

    Saturday, November 9, 2019
    Cuneo Mansion & Gardens
    1350 North Milwaukee Avenue
    Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061 
    4:00 Reception, followed by dinner and entertainment

    Master of Ceremonies: Drew Mariani of Relevant Radio

                   Our Special Honorees will be the canons Regular of St. John Cantius



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Excellent formation opportunities and resources are invaluable for those discerning vocations to religious life as well as those in search of ongoing formation.  The Institute on Religious Life has many resources to offer out of its treasure trove from over the decades, from the Summer Vita Consecrata Institute for currently professed religious to articles, books, and audio courses.



Vocation Search

Are you discerning a vocation? VocationSearch will help you discover detailed information about the 190 Catholic religious communities and apostolates that are IRL Affiliates. Filtering criteria allows you to select your specific interest area such as tradition (Dominican, Benedictine, etc.), apostolate, cloistered or active, and belated vocations. Discernment retreats listed by community, location and date can help you see if the Lord is calling you.



Share in the Mission

The mission of the IRL is to proclaim and explain to the world the true nature and essential value of Consecrated/Religious Life as a radical following of Jesus Christ and its vital importance for the welfare of the Church and the salvation of souls. Lay people are invited to support the mission of the IRL, participate in our National and Regional Meetings, and pray for vocations. We encourage religious communities to be part of the family by becoming an Affiliate Member



Executive Director

Jeff was President of Magdalen College (now Northeast Catholic College) for 13 years and most recently Principal of Blessed Trinity School in Dane, Wisconsin. Jeff became full-time Executive Director of the IRL in the summer of 2019. He is also the Vice-President of the Orate Pastoral Liturgical Institute. Jeff is married and is the father of ten children.

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Vocation Blog


  • 2020 National Meeting

    The 2020 National Meeting with be held on Divine Mercy Weekend April 17-19 Please make plans to join us! The

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  • Regional Meetings

    Regional Meetings are held throughout the year. The schedule of speakers is being finalized. Boston Regional Meeting - will be held

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