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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  • 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 →