Church Documents

Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Vocations and Related Subjects

Arranged chronologically (most recent document first) within each category.

Francis:

Messages for World Day of Prayer for Vocations:

Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life:

Benedict XVI:

Messages for World Day of Prayer for Vocations:

Homilies and Addresses for World Day of Consecrated Life:

  • 17th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2012)
  • 16th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2012)
  • 15th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2011)
  • 14th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2010)
  • 13th World Day of Consecrated Life: Address to men and women religious at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2009)
  • 12th World Day of Consecrated Life: Address to men and women religious at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2008)
  • 11th World Day of Consecrated Life: Address to men and women religious at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2007)
  • 10th World Day of Consecrated Life: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Homily (February 2, 2006)

Other Papal Documents:

Pope John Paul II:

Other Popes

Synods of Bishops (SB)

Congregations

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CB = Congregation for Bishops
CC = Congregation for Clergy
CCE = Congregation for Catholic Education
CDF = Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
CDWDS = Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
CEP = Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
CICLSAL = Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic  Life (formerly SCR and SCRIS, see below)
COC = Congregation for the Oriental Churches
SCR = Sacred Congregation for Religious
SCRIS = Sacred Congregation for Religious and for Secular Institutes
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Popes and Councils

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PCF = Pontifical Council for the Family
PCILT = Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts
PCL = Pontifical Council for the Laity
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Other

  • The Canonical Establishment of a Religious Institute, [by Rev. Elio Gambari, S.M.M., who worked in the Congregation for Religious from 1946 to 1983. Published by Dominican Sisters of Divine Providence, South Amboy, NJ.]
  • Homosexuality and Gospel Truth: Toward Effective Pastoral Care [Fr. Robert A. Gabel, Jr. in l'Osservatore Romano, 7/14/99]
  • A Eucharistic Prayer [Bishop Eugene J. Gerber in Crisis, 6/99]

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Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • St. Bernard of Clairvaux inspired many vocations to the newly founded Cistercian Order. Famously, he managed to bring his uncle, his brothers, and a group of young nobleman to the same vocation. He even convinced his sister to leave her husband and become a nun. His charisma transformed Europe in the 12th Century. Benedictine Jean … Continue reading St. Bernard of Clairvaux – Promoter of the Religious Life Par Excellence →

  • Many people have a vocation to the religious life but simply do not know that the religious life exists or what it is. I find that many of my students never heard of the religious life. They think that everyone gets married with the exception of the parish priest, and once they learn that it … Continue reading A Moment of Catechesis →

  • The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a clerical society of apostolic life of pontifical right (a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world) has been invited to take on a new apostolate in Archdiocese of Baltimore. They have been entrusted … Continue reading Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Take on New Apostolate →