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

“National Vocation Awareness

Week will be celebrated in our country November 1-7, 2020. 

Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. 

“May they be inspired by Jesus Christ,

supported by our faith community,

and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.”

Resources to aid in discernment to the Consecrated Life:


Pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life

“In the hidden recesses of the human heart, the grace of a Vocation takes the form of a dialogue. It is a dialogue between Jesus Christ and an individual in which a personal invitation is given. Jesus calls the person by name and says: ‘Come.’ This call, this mysterious inner voice of Christ, is heard most clearly in silence and prayer. With a burning heart, in conversation with the Lord, perhaps some of you have noticed that Jesus is asking more of you”                                                                                                                           (Pope Saint John Paul II).


Prayers for Vocations - St. Benilde Catholic Church - Metairie, LA


God our Father, 
Who wills that all men be saved 
And come to the knowledge of Your Truth: 
We beg you to send 
Laborers into Your harvest, 
And grant them grace to speak Your Word 
With all boldness; so that Your Word 
May spread and be glorified, 
And all nations may know You, 
The only God, and Him whom You have sent, 
Jesus Christ your Son, Our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady, Queen of the Americas, 
Pray for us.

Holy Hour for the Election

50 People, 50 States, One Hour

Join us for an hour of prayer and adoration before Jesus in the Eucharist as we petition for grace and blessing upon our Country,

especially asking for God’s will to be accomplished in the upcoming presidential election.

November 1, 2020 2-3:00 p.m. 

Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

Events for 2020-2021

Saturday, December 12, 2020  CANCELED

  • Advent Day of Retreat
  • Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

Sunday, February 7, 2021 

  •       World Day of Consecrated Life 
  •       11:00 a.m. Parish Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
  •       Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez Celebrant

Saturday, March 13, 2021

  •     Lenten Day of Retreat–Sister Sheila Galligan, IHM
  •     Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
  •     Drexel Hall: Conferences/lunch

Sunday, September 19, 2021

  •      Jubilarian Mass 
  •     Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez Celebrant    
  •     Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

Saturday, December 11, 2021

  •     Advent Day of Retreat
  •     Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

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