Office for Consecrated Life

So it is that in accordance with the Divine Plan a wonderful variety of religious communities has grown up which has made it easier for the church … to be equipped for every good work and ready for the work of the ministry—the building up of the Body of Christ.
Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life Perfectae Caritatis, no. 1

A Blessed Advent Season

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The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
 O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! (Isaiah 2: 1-5)


Holy Hour for Vocations

To the Priesthood and Religious Life

Sponsored by the Offices of Consecrated Life and for Divine Worship

First Thursday of Each Month

(beginning September 5th)

  2-3 p.m. St. Joseph’s Chapel 13th Floor

Archdiocesan Pastoral Center

All are invited 

2:00 p.m.            Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament
                             O Salutaris Hostia (all sing)

                             Quiet prayer 

2:30 p.m.            Scripture Reading

                             Quiet reflection 

2:50 p.m.            Benediction/Reposition
                             Tantum Ergo (all sing)
                             Divine Praises

Advent Retreat 


   December 14, 2019

   Office of Consecrated Life

           The Three Comings of Christ”

          9:00 a.m.      Morning Gathering/Introductions with coffee/doughnuts

                                Drexel Hall/Neumann Room Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul

          10:00 a.m.    Conference—Sister Sara Butler, MSBT

          11:00 a.m.    Quiet Time in Cathedral Chapel or Main Chapel

          11:30 a.m.    Confessions (Cathedral)

          12:05 p.m.    Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Cathedral Chapel)         

          12:45 p.m.    Lunch (Drexel Hall/Neumann Hall)

          1:45 p.m.     Conference—Sister Sara Butler, MSBT

          2:30 p.m.     Exposition with Adoration

          3:20 p.m.     Reposition with Benediction

          3:30 p.m.     Retreat Day Concludes

All are Welcome! There is no Charge!

Saturday, Dec. 14 2019

  • Advent Day of Retreat
    Presenter: Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T.


Sunday, Feb. 2 2020

  • World Day of Consecrated Life
    11:00am Holy Mass and reception to follow


Saturday March 14 2020

  • Lenten Day of Retreat
    Presenter: Sister Sheila Galligan, I.H.M.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

  • Jubilarian Celebration
  • 11:00 a.m. Holy Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul


Saturday, Dec. 12 2020

  • Advent Day of Retreat

Details will follow for each retreat and celebration as we near the dates


Sister Gabrielle Mary Braccio, RSM
Delegate for Consecrated Life
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299
10th Floor Room 1029

Phone: 215-587-3795
Fax: 215-587-3790

To assist those who feel called to the consecrated life, the Office for Consecrated Life lists those Congregations who serve in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Please see listing below.

Congregations of Men

Congregations of Women