Religious Vocations

Are you called to a vocation as a sister, brother, monk, nune, or priest? Below are some religious orders that you might want to consider.

What is a religious order? A religious order within the Catholic Church is an organization of persons, either men or women, who profess the three evangelical vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and live that obedience under a superior within a community structure in accordance with a specific rule of life. See this link to find out more.

Sisters of Mercy

… “Centered in God, for whom alone we go forward or stay back.”

– Catherine McAuley

Sisters of St. Joseph

We, apostolic women Religious, are engaged in unifying all people with God, with one another, and with all of creation through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
– Constitution 11-13, paraphrase

Lovers of the Holy Cross

Carrying out the Four Practical Apostolic Missions specified by the Founder, the Sisters are to employ a spirit of creative adaptation, based on the teachings of the Church, in order to serve the people more effectively: educating the Youth, serving the sick, protecting infants, and advancing the life of women.

Carmelite Sisters (Los Angeles)

For greater things you were born.

“The soul of each Carmelite raises herself to Christ, who is her heaven, while her shadow falls in charity upon earth doing good to all people.”
– Venerable Mother Maria Luisa Josefa

The Society of Jesus

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – “…for the greater glory of God”

The Jesuits were founded for evangelization. From the time of St. Ignatius until today, Jesuits can be found proclaiming the Gospel the world over.

Paulist Fathers

Led by the Holy Spirit, we focus on evangelization (reaching out), reconciliation (bringing peace) and ecumenical and interfaith relations (seeking unity).

Diocesan Priests

Diocesan Priest serves ordinary men who are responding to their call to holiness and offers guidance for the question:  “Is Jesus Christ calling me to be a Catholic priest?”

The Dominican Friars

We Are Preachers
Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in the Footsteps of St. Dominic

Capuchin Franciscans

Saint Francis, a true disciple of Christ, taught His brothers to walk joyfully in the footprints of Christ poor, humble and crucified, so that through Him, in the Holy Spirit, they might be led to the Father.
– Capuchin Constitutions

Little Sisters of the Poor

“Never forget that the poor are Our Lord. In caring for the poor say to yourself: This is for my Jesus—what a great grace!”
– Saint Jeanne Jugan

The Lasallian Christian Brothers

The Lasallian mission is rooted in the charism (the gift of the defining spirit, character, and vision) of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and Patron of All Teachers of Youth.

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sisters of Notre Dame, women with hearts as wide as the world, make known God’s goodness and love with and among people living in poverty, through a Gospel way of life, community and prayer.

Conventual Franciscans

As Franciscan Friars Conventuals we are called to give witness to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through living in community by following the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Missionaries of Charity

“God still loves the world through you and through me.”
– Mother Teresa

Salesians of Don Bosco

St. John Bosco began his ministry to youth in 1841. Today the Salesians continue that ministry for young people in schools, parishes, and youth centers (Salesian Oratories) throughout the world.

Discalced Carmelite Friars

As Teresian Carmelite friars we strive to live a zealous life of allegiance to Jesus for the salvation of souls, in the contemplative and missionary spirit of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross.

Religious Sisters of Charity

The love of Christ urges us on.
We express our dedication and commitment to people who are poor primarily through our work and how we live.