Resources and Links
Resources and Links to Religious Communities
The following links may be helpful as you continue to discover and deepen your love for the cloistered and monastic life. Please feel free to email us with suggestions for other links to be added.

Church Documents & Articles

VERBI SPONSA — Instruction on the Contemplative Life and on the Enclosure of Nuns (1999 Vatican document) THE CONTEMPLATIVE DIMENSION OF RELIGIOUS LIFE (1980 Vatican document) CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (on consecrated religious)

Cloistered/Monastic Communities—IRL Affiliates

The following cloistered and monastic communities are affiliate members of the Institute on Religious Life. By clicking the highlighted names of the listed communities, you will be able to visit their “VocationSearch” profile on the IRL’s webpage.

Women’s Communities

Men’s Communities


Other Online Resources

Vatican Document
Apostolic Constitution Vultum Dei Quaerere on Woman's Contemplative Life
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Special Event
World Day of Cloistered Life - Pro Orantibus Day
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Free Audio Book
A Right to Be Merry By Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C.
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Glossary of Cloistered Life terms
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