Religious Life Magazine

Religious Life is published six times per year--            

pdf Read the current May/June 2017 Issue Here (6.28 MB)

Read Special Year of Consecrated Life Issue Here

To help religious and laity foster a more effective understanding and practice of the Church's teaching on the consecrated life, IRL publishes Religious Life magazine. It is educational, informative and inspirational, focusing on the wondrous gift of the consecrated life for the life and mission of the Church.

Become a member and receive Religious Life six times per year!

Religious Life features articles on the Catholic faith, the spiritual life, writings of the Holy Father and other pertinent subjects, and:                                                                   

  • profiles of IRL affiliated communities, "Affiliate in Focus",    
  • periodic book reviews, "Resources in Review"
  • an interview column highlighting interesting people and apostolates, "InnerView"
  • and news briefs, "IRL News & Notes."

How to receive Religious Life?

Receive six issues of Religious Life each year by becoming a member of the Institute on Religious Life, for $25 per year ($30 outside of the U.S.). You can do so online.

What's in Religious Life?

What kind of material will you find in Religious Life? One issue of Religious Life was devoted to the Sacred Liturgy and other developments in the Church, such as a new Benedictine monastery which was reintroduced to its founder's city. Also featured was an article on honoring God through the Sacred Liturgy and Gregorian chant. A recent issue told about religious women in the military (did you know they were nurses in the Civil War?). Other issues have featured religious and the March for Life, the significance of the religious habit, and inspiring vocation testimonies.

Become a member today and read about how the Holy Spirit is renewing consecrated life in the Church!

IRL Blog

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 →