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

Month of the Holy Rosary

The Lord hath blessed thee by His power, because by thee He hath brought our enemies to nought.
Prayer of the Month
Prayer of St. Louis de Montfort
O Jesus living in Mary, come and live in Your servants, in the spirit of Your holiness, in the fullness of Your might, in the perfection of Your ways, in the truth of Your virtues, in the communion of Your mysteries. Subdue every hostile power, the devil, the world and the flesh, in the strength of Your Spirit, for the glory of Your Father, Amen.

Joyful Mysteries
Nativity of Christ
Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple
Finding of the Christ Child in the Temple
Sorrowful Mysteries
Agony in the Garden
Scourging at the Pillar
Crowning with Thorns
Carrying of the Cross
Glorious Mysteries
Descent of the Holy Spirit
Coronation of Mary
Luminous Mysteries
Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
Manifestation of Jesus at the Wedding at Cana
Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
Transfiguration of Jesus
Institution of the Eucharist


On the Most Holy Rosary — Rosarium Virginis Mariaei — Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II

For the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary — Encyclical of Paul VI

Encyclical on the Rosary — Encyclical of John XXIII

On Reciting the Rosary
— Encyclical of Pius XII

On the Rosary — Encyclical of Pius XI

On the Devotion of the Holy Rosary — Encyclical of Leo XIII

On the Rosary — Encyclical of Saint Pius V

On the Rosary — by St. Louis de Montfort


Fear not, Mary, thou hast found grace with the Lord; behold, thou shalt conceive and bring forth a son, alleluia.

The month of October (Overview – Calendar) is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.

“Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources — from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church — it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.

“If we consider the power of the Rosary as seen in its effects, we find a great abundance of proofs of its wonderful value. Many are the favors granted to private individuals through its devout recitation: there are few devoted users of the Rosary who cannot testify to experiencing its power in their own lives. If we turn to history, we see many great triumphs of the Rosary. Early tradition attributes the defeat of the Albigensians at the Battle of Muret in 1213 to the Rosary. But even those who do not accept this tradition will admit that St. Pius V attributed the great defeat of the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October, 1571, to the fact that at the same time the Rosary confraternities at Rome and elsewhere were holding their processions. Accordingly, he ordered a commemoration of the Rosary to be made on that day. Two years later, Gregory XIII allowed the celebration of a feast of the Rosary in churches having an altar dedicated to the Rosary. In 1671, Clement X extended the feast to all Spain. A second great victory over the Turks, who once, like the Russians, threatened the ruin of Christian civilization, occurred on August 5, 1716, when Prince Eugene defeated them at Peterwardein in Hungary. Thereupon Clement XI extended the feast of the Rosary to the whole Church.

“Today, when dangers far greater than those of the ancient Turks threaten not only Christianity but all civilization, we are urged by our Blessed Mother to turn again to the Rosary for help. If men in sufficient numbers do this, and at the same time carry out the other conditions that she has laid down, we have the greater reason for confidence that we will be delivered from our dangers.” — Mary in our Life by Fr. William G. Most

The Rosary and the Liturgical Year

The Rosary had its origin in the liturgical mentality of former ages. Even at the present time it is called “Mary’s Psalter.” There still are Catholics who consider the 150 Hail Marys a substitute for the 150 psalms for those persons who neither have the time, the education, nor the opportunity to pray the Hours of the Divine Office. Thus “Mary’s Psalter” is a shortened, simplified “breviary” — alongside the common Hour-prayer of the Church. — The Church’s Year of Grace, Dr. Pius Parsch

The Rosary is Christocentric setting forth the entire life of Jesus Christ, the passion, death, resurrection and glory. Of course, the Rosary honors and contemplates Mary too, and rightly so, for the same reason that the Liturgical Year does likewise: “Because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who has followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with more merit than she”142 (Mediator Dei). Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries makes the Rosary not only “a breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life,”(Ingravescentibus malis) but also a compendium of the Liturgical Year. Therewith the Rosary stands revealed as a dynamic teacher and nurturer of Christian faith, morality, and spiritual perfection, fostering in various ways faith, hope, charity, and the other virtues, and mediating special graces, all to the end that we may become more and more like unto Christ. — Mariology, Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M.

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

National Vocation Awareness Week

November 3-9, 2019

More details to follow!

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


All are welcome to participate!
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Pray for Us!
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Washington, DC
Program begins at 11:00 AM and includes Confessions,
Procession and Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the Holy Rosary,
and concludes with a Solemn Mass at 3:00 PM.
Archbishop Charles Chaput, celebrant and homilist

 Reserve your transportation now as a Parish or Institution (consider sharing a bus with a neighboring Parish or Institution)
 Meals will be on your own
 For questions, contact Father Dennis Gill at
or Father Michael Olivere at


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