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!

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Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • On November 21 (the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple), the Church will celebrate World Day of Cloistered Life, also known as “Pro Orantibus” Day, which is a Latin phrase meaning “for those who pray.” This is an important ecclesial event for all Catholics worldwide to commemorate the hidden lives of consecrated … Continue reading Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – World Day of Cloistered Life →

  • Workers and the Unemployed That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good. For more information, visit the Apostleship of Prayer.

  • Most of us recognize the beauty of the religious life. For most, the beauty of monasticism stands out. But its other forms us as beautiful as well because love is the motivating center.  But why is the religious life beautiful? In order to answer that question we should first list the classical criteria of beauty. … Continue reading Beauty and Religious Life →