Consecrated Life

“And Jesus said, ‘Come, follow Me’.
And leaving their nets, they followed Him.

Consecrated Life

In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father’s call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ, in order to devote themselves to him with an “undivided” heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:34). Like the Apostles, they too have left everything behind in order to be with Christ and to put themselves, as he did, at the service of God and their brothers and sisters. In this way, through the many charisms of spiritual and apostolic life bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, they have helped to make the mystery and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have contributed to the renewal of society. (VC 1)

Staff Directory

Maria Reinagel

Director
Phone: (513) 263-6683
Mobile: (513) 278-8220

Stacey Longbottom Pyles

Administrative Assistant
Phone: (513) 263-3447
Fax: (513) 421-6271

Congratulations, Ashley for your witness as a Consecrated Virgin!

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On the Feast of the Presentation, we had a beautiful celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life at St. Gertrude with 14 diverse forms of Consecration represented!
The Dominicans of Mary Mother of the Eucharist are hosting a couple of Discernment retreats at their convent this spring: Feb 10th-11th & April 13th-14th. If you are a single woman who hasn't experienced much of religious life in learning or in meeting religious sisters, we encourage you to consider attending something like this type of opportunity to "Come and See". If God is calling you to marriage, doing something like this will help affirm that path in your heart. If God is calling you to consider religious life, something like this opportunity helps bring action to your discernment process and will help your heart sense a bit more direction toward religious life. Prayerfully consider making a 'come and see' and put your discernment process into God's hands. We are praying for you! https://www.sistersofmary.org/discernment-retreats/ #religiouslife #discernment #womensdiscernment
This is the come and see season! Meet the Sisters of St Francis of Perpetual Adoration who are hosting a couple discernment retreats: Feb 23-25th & May 17-19th https://ssfpa.org/retreat/
Ladies, the Religious Sisters of Mercy have a retreat for young women, Feb 16-18th and have a come and see one, May 17-19th. Info here: https://www.almamercy.org/come-and-see-information
Adrian Dominicans have a Zoom and see for women ages 19-45. https://adriandominicans.org/Become-a-Sister/Come-and-See

Upcoming events

Desiring more tools to be able to pray about God’s plan for your life?

Join the Lenten Discernment Challenge, and walk alongside Mary Magdalene this Lent as you dive deeper into your journey of discernment. You will receive:
• Material for prayer and reflection every Wednesday
• Resources for your discernment
• Weekly testimony video
• Link to join Sunday night discussions live with Consecrated Women
Click here to sign up for the Challenge: https://web.groupme.com/join_group/98176014/9LptfZCD

JOIN THE LENTEN VOCATION CHALLENGE!

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NOTE! The February Retreat is now JANUARY 26-28!!
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From the Sisters of Notre Dame

We want to share about our exciting new online year-long program called ‘Give God a Year’.  This program has been created in response to the significant number of young women who are feeling ‘stuck’ in their lives and in their vocational discernment.  Our young adult ministry team will be offering women in their 20’s and 30’s guidance and support to encourage each in committing to being intentional in praying about her vocation in life.  Each monthly session will include shared conversation and prayer as together we strive to deepen our relationship with God in order to better follow the path that leads to greater peace, joy, and true inner freedom.

The first online session will be on January 7, 2024 from 7:30 – 9 pm eastern time and will continue on the first Sunday of each month for the year.  Women in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to contact Sister Jenny Zimmerman at [email protected] or at 419.438.6056 to sign up or to find out more information!

This retreat is based on St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body and it will be held at Maryville retreat center in Holly MI. We will begin the retreat with 5:30pm Mass followed by dinner and the first opening talk on Friday April 19th then all of Saturday up until 3pm will include: breakfast, lunch, Mass, and conferences on the TOB. Enjoy a nice weekend away, overlooking a lovely pond in the Easter season. Find the registration halfway down the website link. https://www.maryvilleretreatcenter.org/programs-at-maryville/heart-warming-weekends.html

A study abroad JPII-Style anyone?  Check out the JPII Project’s Poland study abroad experience.

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Register now to visit us in Atlanta, GA! You'll have a vocation discernment experience that includes time for prayer and reflection, daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, opportunities for confession, spiritual direction, an interview with the vocations director, and chances to learn more about the vocation and mission of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi.

Communities of consecrated life in our archdiocese

Monastic Life can be contemplative or contemplative and active. Contemplative-active monastic life maintains the monastic observances while the members live an active apostolic ministry.  Members of monastic communities follow the Rule of St. Benedict (516 ad). It The call to monastic life is an additional call to the Christian’s baptismal commitment to holiness. The monastic is called to seek God in community under the authority of an Abbot/Abbess, prior/prioress. The hallmarks of monastic life include communal prayer (Liturgy of the Hours), personal prayer (lectio divina), communal meals, hospitality, seeing and serving Christ in the young and the old, the sick and the poor, the stranger and the guest.

Dominican Sisters of Hope (OP)

Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia (OP)

Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare Poor Clare Nuns  (OSC)

Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove, IN (OSB)

Religious Institutes of Women

Religious life was born in the East during the first centuries of Christianity. Lived within institutes canonically erected by the Church, it is distinguished from other forms of consecrated life by its liturgical character, public profession of the evangelical counsels, fraternal life led in common, and witness given to the union of Christ with the Church. Religious life in its various forms is called to signify the very charity of God in the language of our time.

Congregation of Divine Providence (CDP)

Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist Sisters) (FMI)

Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg (OSF)

Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (FIHM)

Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (SFP)

Maryknoll Sisters (MM)

Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart (MHSH)

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ (PHJC)

Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS)

Sisters of Charity (SC)

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (RSM)

Sisters of Notre Dame (SND)

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN)

Sisters of the Precious Blood (CPPS)

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods (SP)

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (Latham, NY) (CSJ)

Ursulines of Brown County (OSU)

Ursuline Sisters of Cincinnati (OSU)

For more information:

Leadership Conference of Women Religious https://lcwr.org/

Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious https://cmswr.org/about/who-we-are/

Religious Institutes of Men

Religious life was born in the East during the first centuries of Christianity. Lived within institutes canonically erected by the Church, it is distinguished from other forms of consecrated life by its liturgical character, public profession of the evangelical counsels, fraternal life led in common, and witness given to the union of Christ with the Church.  Religious life in its various forms is called to signify the very charity of God in the language of our time.  

Congregation of the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis (CFP)

Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ)

The Congregation of the Holy Spirit (CSSp)

Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer (CRM)

Dominican Friars – Province of St. Joseph (OP)

Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province (OFM)

Jesuits – Midwest Province (SJ)

Legion of Christ (LC)

Marianists (Society of Mary) (SM)

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers (MM)

Society of the Divine Word (SVD)

For more information: United States Conference of Major Superiors of Men https://www.facebook.com/CMSMShares/

Religious Brothers 

A Religious Brother is a member of a religious congregation or religious order who commits himself to following Christ, usually by the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Because of their consecrated life, they are committed to a life of faith, community and service. This is lived out in their sharing a common way of life which, depending on the community can include: prayer, meals ministries and clothing. Although full members in their respective community and share in the charism, they are neither ordained priests nor studying to be ordained. Some Brothers are members of congregations that are made up only of brothers or they may belong to so-called “mixed” communities that include brothers and priests. Whether they are exclusive or mixed, these congregations may be primarily contemplative or apostolic in nature.

Congregation of the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis (CFP)

Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ)

Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province (OFM)

Glenmary Home Missioners (GHM)

Marianists (SM)

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers (MM)

For more information: Religious Brothers Conference

http://www.todaysbrother.com

Secular Institutes

Secular institute members commit themselves to God through the Evangelical Counsels as consecrated lay persons within society. Each institute lives its particular charism, bringing Gospel “salt and leaven” to the world.

Caritas Christi

Company of St. Ursula

Voluntas Dei Institute

For more information: United States Conference of Secular Institutes https://secularinstitutes.org/

Societies of Apostolic Life (Women)

A Society of Apostolic Life is a form of consecrated life within the Church. Its members have come together to pursue the apostolic purpose proper to the society and live fraternally. They make vows or other bonds defined in their constitutions to undertake to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Responding to God’s call, they have consecrated themselves to Him in order to serve others in the world; influencing the world and evangelizing it by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation.

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Societies of Apostolic Life (Men)

A Society of Apostolic Life is a form of consecrated life within the Church. Its members have come together to pursue the apostolic purpose proper to the society and live fraternally. They make vows or other bonds defined in their constitutions to undertake to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Responding to God’s call, they have consecrated themselves to Him in order to serve others in the world; influencing the world and evangelizing it by virtue of their Baptism and Confirmation.

The Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri (CO)

Glenmary Home Missioners (GHM)

Missionaries of the Precious Blood (CPPS)

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)

Consecrated Virgins

Similar to other forms of consecrated life is the order of consecrated virgins who committed to the holy plan of following Christ more closely, are consecrated by the diocesan bishops, are betrothed to Christ and are dedicated to the service of the Church.

United States Association of Consecrated Virgins

Consecrated Life within an Association of the Faithful

Associations distinct form the institutes of consecrated life and the societies of apostolic life in which the Christian faithful, either clergy or laity, or both together, strive by common effort to promote a more perfect life to foster public worship, or to exercise other apostolic works, namely to engage in efforts of evangelization to animate the temporal order with the Christian spirit. The associations often have within their membership consecrated men and women who are full members of the association and under the governance of the association’s moderator.

Children of Mary (CM)

create a culture of vocations

“The example of holy parents is the first condition
favorable for the flowering of priestly and religious vocations.”
   Pope Benedict XVI

Resources for families, Parishes and Teachers to help young people discover the joy and beauty of giving one's life to follow jesus in consecrated or religious life

The ABC’s of Fostering Vocations in your family, parish and classroom. These are simple ways to plant seeds!  

The Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart, in Los Angeles created a free curriculum from K-12th gr for Vocation Awareness! Free, downloadable plans! Check it out!

Statistically, vocations are a fruit of prayer. You can actively support vocations through Eucharistic adoration and spiritual motherhood, where you “adopt” vocations to religious and consecrated life and mother them with your prayer and sacrifices. Learn about a town in Italy that had over 300 vocations thanks to spiritual motherhood!

Another way to support vocations with your prayer is to be a part of the Invisible Monastery

Learn more about Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

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Maria Knuth, Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi and Sr. Theresa Anne Knuth, OP Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia