Archdiocese of Philadelphia
“…the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” John 6:51
June 19, 2022–June 11, 2023
Archdiocesan Year of Eucharistic Revival
September 30, 2023
Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress
June 11, 2023–July 17, 2024
Parish Year of Eucharistic Revival
July 17 – 21, 2024
National Eucharistic Congress
July 17, 2024 – Pentecost 2025
Year of Going Out on Mission
| Prayer for the Revival |
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You!
I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You.
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly.
I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ,
present in all the tabernacles of the world
in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended.
And, through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I beg of You the conversion of sinners. Amen.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Catholic Women’s Conference 2022
Join Catholic women from the greater Philadelphia area for a day of fun, friendship, faith formation and prayer at the Catholic Women’s Conference. The 2022 theme is “Be Not Afraid: Finding Your Freedom in Christ,” in which together we will discover the healing and freedom of heart that Jesus Christ desires to give each of us. Speakers include: Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, Michelle Benzinger, Regina Boyd, Matt and Jenn Lozano, Katie Weiss and the Sisters of Life. Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9am-4:30pm, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. Tracks available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Early sellout is expected. Register today at: www.catholicwomensconference.org.
Conferencia de Mujeres Católicas 2022
Considere unirse a mujeres católicas del área de Filadelfia en un día de diversión, oración y crecimiento en la fe en la Conferencia de Mujeres Católicas. Este año el tema es «No tengas miedo: Encontrando tu libertad en Cristo» durante el cual, juntas, descubriremos la sanación y libertad de corazón que Cristo desea dar a cada una de nosotras. Presentadora en español: Psicóloga Martha Reyes, presentadora internacional y música. Sábado, 22 de octubre del 2022, de 9am a 4:30pm, Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA. Presentaciones en inglés, español, o lenguaje de señas americano. Último día de registración: 1 de octubre o hasta agotar los cupos. Para más información, contacte a la Oficina para Católicos Hispanos, [email protected] o 215-667-2820 o visite www.catholicwomensconference.org.
Holy Spirit Sisters of Tanzania on their Community Feast Day of Pentecost
Apostolic religious life is a form of consecrated life within the Church wherein the members profess vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience within a congregation or community approved by the Church. Shared community life is an integral part of this form of consecrated life. In professing vows and living within community, the members individually and as a whole witness to a life of communion with Christ, the Church, and one another.
Apostolic religious congregations develop their own traditions based on the original vision of their founders or foundresses, while continuing to focus their ministries to meet the needs of the Church today. While every religious congregation is unique, together they form a rich source of inspiration for the entire Church.
In his Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata, Pope John Paul II described the apostolic religious communities as “a splendid and varied testimony, reflecting the multiplicity of gifts bestowed by God on founders and foundresses who, in openness to the working of the Holy Spirit, successfully interpreted the signs of the times and responded wisely to new needs. Following in their footsteps, many other people have sought by word and deed to embody the Gospel in their own lives, bringing anew to their own times the living presence of Jesus, the Consecrated One par excellence, the One sent by the Father. In every age consecrated men and women must continue to be images of Christ the Lord, fostering through prayer a profound communion of mind with him (cf. Phil 2:5-11), so that their whole lives may be penetrated by an apostolic spirit and their apostolic work with contemplation.”
“Heaven and Earth in Little Space”
The mystery of the contemplative life is woven tightly with the mystery of the Incarnation. This mystery finds an especially vivid expression in the life of a cloistered nun, when a woman chooses to spend her whole life within the walls of a monastery, hidden from the world for the sake of intimacy with God. The cloister is a shocking thing, and sometimes non-Christians (and Christians!) are scandalized by it. But even more shocking is the idea that an infinite God chose to take on a finite human nature, to confine Himself within the limits of the created world, which, to Him, must have seemed far, far smaller than the bounds of a cloistered monastery!
Papal cloister is the strictest form of enclosure, in which a nun does not leave the boundaries of the monastery except for serious reasons. The norms defining papal enclosure are given by Rome. The most recent instruction on papal cloister is the 2018 document Cor Orans, which implements what Pope Francis outlined in his 2016 Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere. Cor Orans states: “The law of papal cloister extends to the dwelling and to all the interior and exterior spaces of the monastery reserved exclusively for the nuns in which the presence of strangers can be admitted only in case of necessity. It must be a space of silence and recollection, facilitated by the absence of external works, where the permanent search for the face of God can develop more easily, according to the Institute’s charism.”
Constitutional cloister is a form of cloister defined by the norms in the Rule and Constitutions of the individual order. It is generally less strict than papal cloister. This type of cloister is practiced if the community’s charism joins to their life of contemplation some kind of apostolic or charitable work. They are still cloistered nuns, but they may have an apostolate attached to the monastery–such as a retreat house–which would be impossible to carry out if they practiced papal enclosure. Cor Orans says of constitutional cloister: “It must be a space of silence and recollection, where the permanent search for the face of God can develop, according to the charism of the Institute, in consideration of the works of apostolate or charity exercised by the nuns” (n. 205).
Monastic Cloister is “a special expression of the constitutional cloister” (Cor Orans n. 211), one of the most ancient forms of contemplative life. Monastic cloister refers to forms of contemplative life which have always had a charism of hospitality, such as those stemming from the Benedictine tradition. This means guests may be invited to stay at the monastery, and the nuns interact with them much more freely than nuns who practice papal cloister. “For monasteries of contemplative nuns, the monastic cloister, while retaining the character of a more rigorous discipline than the common one, makes it possible to associate the primary function of divine worship with wider forms of reception and hospitality” (Cor Orans n. 210).
The three evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience are the vows that are professed by members of religious congregations. Together, they form the basis for living a life of radical consecration to God for the good of the Church. The vow of chastity frees the sister to give herself in love totally to Christ and His Body and is marked by aliveness and a spirit of joy. The vow of poverty frees the sister to dispossess her possessions in order to grow into a deeper spirit of self-giving. In living the vow, the sister depends on the community for her needs as all things are held in common. The vow of obedience frees the sister to do the will of God as expressed by her superiors who seek always what is best for the sister and for the community as a whole.
Pope John Paul II in Vita Consecrata describes the evangelical counsels in light of the Trinity:
“The chastity of celibates and virgins, as a manifestation of dedication to God with an undivided heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:32-34), is a reflection of the infinite love which links the three Divine Persons in the mysterious depths of the life of the Trinity, the love to which the Incarnate Word bears witness even to the point of giving his life, the love ‘poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit’ (Rom 5:5), which evokes a response of total love for God and the brethren.
Poverty proclaims that God is man’s only real treasure. When poverty is lived according to the example of Christ who, ‘though he was rich … became poor’ (2 Cor 8:9), it becomes an expression of that total gift of self which the three Divine Persons make to one another. This gift overflows into creation and is fully revealed in the Incarnation of the Word and in his redemptive death.
Obedience, practiced in imitation of Christ, whose food was to do the Father’s will (cf. Jn 4:34), shows the liberating beauty of a dependence which is not servile but filial, marked by a deep sense of responsibility and animated by mutual trust, which is a reflection in history of the loving harmony between the three Divine Persons” (par 21).
Each religious congregation is blessed by a unique gift of the Holy Spirit called a “charism,” which is an expression of the way the congregation is called to follow Christ. A religious community’s charism is expressed in its way of serving the Church in mission, its particular way of living community life and its distinct “culture.” A myriad of charisms forms a fabric of ministries within the Church to meet multitudinous needs.
Within the Catholic Church there is a variety of spiritualities stemming from spiritual leaders of the past. Dominican, Franciscan, and Marian spiritualities are three of the many that are known within the Church. These specific spiritualities refer to systems of values, ideals, and a unified manner of life passed down through the ages from St. Dominic, St. Francis, and St. Theresa. Each spirituality focuses on specific virtues or spiritual priorities, which characterize the way of life of those living within the legacy of the spiritual leader.
The spirituality of a religious congregation makes present in a lived and vibrant way the spiritual values passed on to each generation from the original source. There are numerous spiritual approaches to living the truths of the Catholic Church and the vows of religious life. Devotions, ways of prayer, priorities of mission, and lived expressions in daily life are manifestations of the spirituality embraced by a religious community.
Events for 2021-2022
Sunday, September 18, 2022
- Jubilee and Religious Celebration
- 11:00 a.m. Holy Mass Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
- All are invited to attend the Holy Mass
Saturday, December 10, 2022
- Advent Day of Retreat
- Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul/Drexel Hall
- Speaker: Father Matthew Biedrzycki
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
Email: [email protected]
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
- CICM • Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Missionhurst)
- CM • Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians)
- CSSp • Congregation of the Holy Spirit
- CSsR • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists)
- FC • Brothers of Charity
- FSC • Brothers of the Christian Schools
- Franciscan Friars Conventual (OFM Conv.) https://franciscanvoice.org
- LC • Legionaries of Christ
- MSC • Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
- MSS • Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament
- OdeM • Order of Our Lady of Mercy (Mercedarians)
- OdeM • Order of BVM of Mercy
- OFM, Cap • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin
- O.M.I • Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate
- O.P. Order of Preachers
- O Praem • Canons Regular of Premontre (Norbertines)
- OSA • Order of St. Augustine
- OSFS • Oblates of St. Francis de Sales
- OSPPE • Pauline Fathers
- FSSP • Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
- SC • Servants of Charity
- Sch.P • Order of the Pious Schools (Piarist Fathers)
- SJ • Society of Jesus
- SM • Society of Mary – Marianists
- CO • Congregation of the Oratory
- IVE • Institute of the Incarnate Word
Congregations of Women
- ACJ • Handmaids of the Sacred Heart
- ALCS • Holy Spirit Sisters of Tanzania
- ASSP • All Saints Sisters of the Poor
- ASIC • Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
- CSFN • Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
- CSR • Sisters of the Redeemer
- CSSF • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix (Felicians)
- DC • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
- DSMP • Daughters of St. Mary of Providence
- GNSH • Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
- IHM • Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Immaculata)
- LSP • Little Sisters of the Poor
- MC • Missionaries of Charity
- MMS • Medical Mission Sisters
- MPF • Religious Teachers Fillipini
- MSBT • Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity
- MSC • Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (Cabrini)
- MSC • Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Hilltrup)
- MSHR • Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary
- OP • Dominican Sisters of Hope
- OP • Dominican Sisters of Peace
- OSBM • Order of St.Basil the Great
- OSC • Order of St. Clare
- OSF • Bernardine Sisters of St. Francis
- OSF • Franciscan Sisters of Allegany
- OSF • Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
- POSC • Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts
- RA • Religious of the Assumption
- RDC • Sisters of the Divine Compassion
- RGS • Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
- RSM • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Mid-Atlantic Community
- RSM • Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma
- SBS • Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
- SCC • Sisters of Christian Charity
- SCN • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
- SHCJ • Society of the Holy Child Jesus
- SNDdeN • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur(Maryland, Base & Chesapeake)
- SV • Sisters of Life
- SSCJ • Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
- SSJ • Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia
- SSJ • Sisters of St. Joseph of Mombasa
- OP • Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima of Vietnam
- PVMI • Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate
- SSND • School Sisters of Notre Dame
- SSpSAP • Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration
- SSVM • Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara
- VHM • Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary