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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  • Download Free Book: A Matter of the Heart Father James Kubicki, S.J. provides rich reflections on why devotion to the Sacred Heart is not one devotion among many, nor the particular charism of a few, but an essential element for those seeking to be closely configured to Christ through the profession of the evangelical counsels. … Continue reading FREE Book on the Sacred Heart of Jesus →

  • St. Thomas More is a model of prudent discernment. In his early life, he seriously considered the priesthood. After he became a lawyer, he discerned becoming a Carthusian, living near the London Charterhouse to join the monks in their spiritual exercises. But More discerned not to become a religious. This was not out fear or … Continue reading St. Thomas More and Discernment →

  • Now some insights into Aloysius’ spirituality. To the one virtue which the Church has chosen, and on account of which has chosen him ‘the universal patron of youth’, was his chastity. All the evidence we have indicates that he had very strong sexual passions. We know that from his own writing; we know that from … Continue reading The Spirituality of St. Aloysius Gonzaga by Rev. John A. Hardon, SJ →