What is consecrated life?Catholics often use the term ‘religious’ to describe those who have taken 3 vows - of poverty, chastity (or more precisely: lifelong celibacy) and obedience. The most helpful phrase to use is the term ‘consecrated life’. This is the way of life embraced by all those who dedicate themselves to the Lord by making lifelong vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience, when they are recognised and accepted by the Church.
The consecrated life includes monks and nuns in enclosed communities, religious brothers and sisters in active communities, and also many others who live alone or who live and work ‘in the world’ who have taken the three vows.
We hope these words help and we plan to develop this section further soon but if you have any immediate concerns or question please contact your parish priest or click here
Also available are some answers to or reflections on questions such as:-
- What is contemplative or monastic life?
- What are the signs that God might be calling me to the consecrated life?
Who and where are the religious orders in the UK? Click here to find out